Cast: Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak
Direction: Sagar Ballary
Chalo Paris? Certainly if some don’t like it Hollywood, just go French, n’est ce pas?
Oooh la la, then, director Sagar Ballary sets out to murder the tres jolie film Le Diner de Cons (Dinner Game).
A low budget, a competent cast and a Gallic plot do no guarantee satisfying cinema.
Indeed, the dreadfully titled Bheja Fry (a warning to prospective ticket buyers) is largely set in a colourful apartment house that looks as if it could be straight out of one of those vintage theatre sex farces. A mean-hearted music company executive (Rajat Kapoor) has invited an ‘idiot’ singer over to get some laughs..but the exec’s back packs up, his wife Sarika leaves him for no rational reason. And so the idiot, Vinay Pathak, irritates the life out of Mr Backache..situational gags, mix-ups, self-conscious humour and mounting irritation are the result.
An occasionally mild comedy would have been endurable to a degree (lines about songs from Mahal and Pakeezah do draw a giggle). But on another level, Bheja Fry is extremely irresponsible and objectionable. A Muslim character, Asif Merchant (portrayed grossly by Ranvir Shorey), is depicted as someone who wants Pakistan to win against India in a cricket match.
This is one of the awful clichés about Indian-born Muslims which needs to be corrected instead of being repeated. It’s just not funny..and warrants immediate scrutiny not only by the censors but also by those who have been working tirelessly for the cause of secularism.
And the most offensive line of dialogue ever heard in cinema in recent months is to be found here. Says the ostensibly hilarious,Vinay Pathak ,to the hideously caricatured Muslim, “Yahan ki khaate ho..aur wahan ki gaate ho (You eat here but sing their praises).”