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Review: Fool N Final

Choreographer-filmmaker Ahmed Khan’s second directorial feature, by every yardstick, sets the final bar for foolish cinema in Bollywood, writes Vinayak Chakravarty.

movie reviews Updated: Jun 01, 2007 18:51 IST

Fool N Final
Cast: Sunny Deol, Om Puri, Shahid Kapoor, Viveik Oberoi, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever
Direction: Ahmed Khan
Rating: * 1/2

At least these guys are honest. They declared it right at the outset, with the title itself: Fool N Final. Choreographer-filmmaker Ahmed Khan’s second directorial feature, by every yardstick, sets the final bar for foolish cinema in Bollywood.

Don’t ask questions, don’t look for logic, don’t think — if you are a hardcore masala buff, you’ve been brainfed those golden rules forever. Yet, watching Fool N Final that’s exactly what you’ll do, even if you dig the Filmy Tamasha.

<b1>You ask yourself why you are even sitting through this two-and-half hour PJ. You’ll look for logic in Bollywood’s throwing crores down the drain by way of ‘film production’. All of which makes you think choreographers trying filmmaking is definitely not a bright idea.

Chalo Dubai, then, for some instant kicks. Why Dubai? It’s the final address for all foolish filmy dons, that’s why. And if it’s all got to do with a stolen diamond, the dons can’t be far way, right?

So, it all starts off with a definitely irritating Chunkey Pandey (with a definitely more irritating sneer) stealing India’s biggest diamond (looks more like a blue plastic paperweight from kabaadi bazaar) as the opening credits roll. Bambai ka chor Chunkey fixes a tryst with London ka don Gulshan Grover in Dubai, and lands right in the middle of a bunch of other dumb dons (Arbaaz Khan, Zakir Hussain, Jackie Shroff), dumb dudes (Shahid Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Viveik Oberoi), dumb dolts (Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever) and a dumb belle (Ayesha Takia).

Between dumb belle and dumb dude 1 (Shahid), there’s some naach gaana. It gives Himesh Reshammiya a chance to exercise his nose. Dumb dude 2 (Deol) meanwhile, sticks to doing what he does best — bashing everyone up. Dumb dude 3 (Viveik) does nothing — he’s special appearance, you see.

As the end credits rolled, you realise who the biggest fool in all this is: anyone who pays for the ticket, what else. You missed the real portent in the title ‘Fool N Final after all.

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