Bheja Fry (2007)
Name: Bheja Fry
Director: Sagar Ballary
Did I watch this recently? Yes
Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor) is a famous music executive who, along with his friends, host a Friday night dinner to which they invite an aspiring but untalented singer to make fun of. Ranjeet soon strikes gold when he discovers Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak). On this occasion, soon before the Friday night guest (Bhushan) arrives, Ranjeet hurts his back and has to cancel the dinner, yet Bhushan is still on his way. When Bhushan arrives, a series of events occur which are made much worse by Bhushan – no matter how good his intentions are.
Bheja Fry is known as the surprise hit of 2007. Its a low budget type of film yet went onto become a huge hit thanks to its strong story, comedy and performances. Its rare to find a movie that has become a hit in India not due to star power or other USP gimmicks.
The film overall only runs for 90 minutes and there are no songs (shocker for bollywood i know). Even greater shocker is the fact the comedy doesn’t rely on slapstick physical comedy to make the audience laugh (yes the Bollywood foundations have been shaken due to Bheja Fry!!). What this movie relies on (and greatly succeeds on) is the witty dialogue, comedy of errors and comic timing of its actors. In fact not much happens at all, the movie almost entirely relies on its funny dialogue and bungles by Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak).
Its supposedly a remake of the French Comedy Le Diner de Cons, but I have not seen the movie so I can’t make any comparisons about how much of the story and comedy was ripped from the French original. But that being said comedy is very cultural centric so i don’t see French jokes working the same way in India.
I was a bit confused about what was happening for the first 15 minutes, but after Bharat Bhushan arrives at Ranjeet Thadani’s house the comedy and story starts.
Rajat Kapoor plays Ranjeet who is flawed by his selfish and arrogant character. Rajat creates this character well and even can make the viewer sympathise and feel sorry for him at times. But the star and source of most comedy is Vinay Pathak as Bharat Bhushan. His look, mannerisms, actions and dialogue all are the greatest source of comedy for the film. Most supporting actors (Sarika & Milind Soman) add well to the comedy of the situations, but there was a stupid and pointless entry of Ranvir Shorey (who plays Bhushan’s co-worker). The opposing personalities of Rajat Kapoor (Ranjeet) and Vinay Pathak (Bharat Bhushan) have a great comedy jodi (relationship) and i hope i see them in other movies.
Overall Score: 3.5/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – Overall its a funny entertainer (a low-key comedy), nice to see something different in bollywood every so often. I don’t always find it hysterical and i rarely laughed out loud but it does have well integrated jokes and storyline which makes it an easy and seamless 1.5hr watch. Nothing magical – but its worth your time.