French Biriyani movie review: A terrific Danish Sait headlines this passable comedy of errors
French Biriyani review: There’s so much happening in Danish Sait starrer French Biriyani, there’s so much chaos, yet it manages to entertain in its own way.Updated: Jul 24, 2020, 12:05 IST
Director: Pannaga Bharana
Cast: Danish Sait, Sal Yusuf, Disha Madan and Rangayana Raghu
French Biriyani, which is the second Kannada film after Law to have its world premiere on Amazon Prime, is a straightforward action comedy that works mostly because it never takes itself seriously. Centred on a bunch of characters, including a French emigrant, who are after a missing bag, the film manages to stay afloat right till the end because it makes use of improv comedy to deliver some fun stretches. The film, which follows three days in the life of an autorickshaw driver and a French emigrant in Bengaluru, has a lot in common with Delhi Belly but isn’t as wholesomely funny as its Bollywood counterpart.
It’s interesting how the film brings together a bunch of characters from different walks of life, cultures and religions and pits them against each other in a story about mistaken identity and a lost bag. The result is not something that’ll instantly strike a chord with everyone, but it definitely doesn’t disappoint, courtesy some genuinely funny stretches. There’s so much happening in French Biriyani, there’s so much chaos, yet it manages to entertain in its own way. There are some dull stretches but thankfully there’s enough comedy to lighten up the overall mood.
Danish Sait as Asgar, the Urdu speaking auto rickshaw driver, is a riot. Scenes between him and Sal Yusuf, who plays the French emigrant, are easily the film’s best moments. Sait breathes so much life into the film with his flawless portrayal of a local Muslim who speaks Urdu mixed with Kannada. Scenes featuring him pave way to some mindless comedy but you won’t mind given there’s not much happening in the film even though it’s filled with a lot of other characters.
It’d be too much to expect French Biriyani to be funnier. Agreed, it could’ve taken the help of a better writer to make the screenplay more interesting, but the way it manages to talk about Bengaluru’s cultural diversity without taking potshots at anyone deserves to be applauded. When you take out the IT parks of Bengaluru, pretty much everything that’s left is what French Biriyani attempts to narrate through its story, and it does a pretty decent job getting a lot of things on point in its depiction.
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