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Bheja Fry August 3, 2007

Posted by Sai in Cantonese, Hindi, Movies, Reviews.

Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor) is the owner of a music company who does not mind laughing at the cost of others. He attends a dinner with his friends where each one brings his “idiot” who amuses them with his antics without really knowing it. He finds Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak), a wannabe singer who works as a tax accountant to be perfect for this dinner. Unfortunately, Ranjeet hurts his back and ends up meeting Bhushan in his house. Due to his insufferable behavior, his wife (Sarika) walks out on him. Now, Bhushan tries to help him out despite Ranjeet’s protests with disastrous and hilarious consequences.

This low-budget film has been a big success at the box office. However, it seems that not many are aware that the film is lifted completely from the French film, Le Dîner de cons (The Dinner Game) and director Sagar Ballary seems to be taking credit for it in interviews as if it were his original work. The writers (Sagar Ballary, Arpita Chatterjee) have added very few scenes (the additional scenes between the husband and wife only confuse the narrative as everything seems fine between them) and the major task has been to change the hobby of the idiot from the exotic matchstick-monument-maker to that of a singer (which actually works well). The good thing though is that they keep the film short (95 minutes) without adding much extraneous material and that is really necessary for this film. Since this is a faithful ripoff, it is hard to identify whether Sagar has talent worth rooting for but he is talking of sequels to this film.

Vinay Pathak is very good and is at the center of most of the hilarious moments in the film. Though he doesn’t come close to matching Jacques Villeret in the original, he doesn’t attempt to ape him and adds his own flavor to the role. Ranvir Shorey comes up with another admirable comic cameo which is very different in terms of expressions, diction and body language to some of his other popular performances. Rajat Kapoor and Milind Soman do fine while the rest of the cast gets limited scope.

Watch the side-splitting original if you don’t mind watching a subtitled film from a foreign language. If that seems bothersome, then watch this ripoff that works quite well too.


1. Gosay - January 14, 2008

I recommend to all those who clicked this review. its a fantastic movie, and clever script. the way the characters are weaved, and made a simple story…if you like this movie, try out for “Raghu Romeo “

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