Youth-based films or films about Generation Y are regularly hitting the screens in Bollywood these days. It is said that these films are specially manufactured for today’s youngsters. But in my personal opinion, all these films don’t relate to the majority of India’s youth.
Movies like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, I Hate Luv Storys, Aisha, Break Ke Baad, F.A.L.T.U, Luv Ka The End and Always Kabhi Kabhi do centre around young Indians but majority of youngsters aren’t like what is shown in these films.
Characters in the above mentioned films are from elite classes or millionaire’s families who spend a bomb on their dressing and looks. They wear modern branded clothes with some girls going for minimal clothing. They mostly speak in a westernized manner with words like ‘cool’, ‘guys, ‘babes’, ‘hot’, ‘sexy’, ‘dude’ ‘f***’, etc being a regular feature in their vocabulary. They regularly hangout in discos and pubs. Needles to say – one of their biggest mottos in life is to find a girlfriend or a boyfriend.
There is no denying that such youngsters do exist in India and there is nothing wrong in making movies on them. However, I am unable to understand why every youth-based film these days focuses only on such youngsters. Although I have nothing against such movies or such characters, I am just unable to relate myself with them.
There is a large majority of the Indian youth, who is stark opposite of these. They come from the middle-class or lower middle-class who think twice or thrice before spending even Rs 100 as they are concerned about their family budget. They wait for the day when they can free their parents from the responsibility of running the house.
These people are also much Indian or traditional in terms of their language, behavior, clothing, beliefs, values etc. They believe that life is much more than having a girl or a guy to hang around with. Most importantly, they are very much concerned about the socio-political situation in India.
Why there isn’t a single youth-based film focusing on the majority of Indian youth? Even forthcoming films like Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, Virus Diwan and Student Of The Year focus on the same set of ultra-modern youngsters. But since some untouched topics are touched these days in Bollywood, maybe the day is not far away. Till then, I am waiting. Fingers crossed!
Ratings: * *
Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Pooja Gupta, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Angad Bedi, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh
Director: Remo D’Souza
Music: Jigar, Sachin
Producers: Puja Entertainment Ltd
In recent times, a number of Bollywood movies have appealed a change in our education system with 3 Idiots topping the list. Choreographer Remo D’Souza’s directorial debut F.A.L.T.U attempts the same. However, the way in which the film tries to convey the message is just too mindless to believe which just takes away the impact of the final outcome.
Ritesh (Jackky Bhagnani), Pooja Nigam (Pooja Chopra), Nanj (Angad Bedi) and Vishnu (Chandan Roy Sanyal) are the best of college friends. While Vishnu is a bookworm who always scores in the 90s, rest of the three are spoilt brats who just aim to pass the examination somehow. Because of that, Ritesh, Pooja and Nanj are unable to get admission in a single college for higher education because of their low grades. In order to escape their parents’ wrath, the trio lie to their parents that they have got admission in a non-existent college called Fakirchand And Amirchand Trust University (F.A.L.T.U).
Although the parents believe their children, they are hell bent in visiting their college. Hence, Ritesh takes help from his friend Google Chand (Arshad Warsi) and gets hold of a ruin-like building at Panchgani and converts it into F.A.L.T.U. Google hires a school teacher Bajirao (Riteish Deshmukh) and makes him the fake principal of the college and also decides to bring huge numbers of fake students in order to fool the trio’s parents.
The whole idea of capturing an abandoned building and converting it into a fake university by spending a bomb on it is just indigestible. Although Google lends money to Ritesh for the task, the former’s profession is never revealed so it leaves a big question mark as to how and why he agreed to lend such a large amount for such a fake thing. On top of that, Google and Bajirao help the trio in converting the fake university into a genuine one!
But the biggest apathy in the story is the fact that actual students turn up in the fake university after getting admissions in it by applying through the university’s fake website. How on earth did they get admissions? Whom did they pay the fees to? Didn’t they have a word with anyone before deciding to go stay out of city at the university? Sadly, there are other fallacies too!
Plus, the screenplay glorifies activities like being a spoilt brat, seeing women as just an object of desire and it also ends up giving a crash course on how to be a drunkard.
The biggest plus point of F.A.L.T.U is that it gives an important message of letting youngsters enter a field in which they are interested. For this, the climax deserves applause. A dance performance at a college festival deserves special mention.
Jigar and Sachin’s music plays a vital role in keeping the entertainment quotient alive. The song Party Abhi Baaki Hai is already a rage. Other songs like Bhoot Aaya, Aaltu Jalaltu and Le Ja Tu Mujhe are impressive too.
Jackky Bhagnani rises to a different level as compared to his debut performance in Kal Kissne Dekha. He plays the lead character with maturity. Chandan Roy Sanyal is superb. This is yet another lovable act from him after Kaminey. Angad Bedi is likable while debutant Pooja Gupta is not bad. Ritesh Deshmukh in a new avatar impresses and so does Arshad Warsi although he appears over-the-top in few sequences. From the supporting cast, Darshan Jariwala is the best.
Despite negative points, F.A.L.T.U has taken a positive opening at the box-office as it has attracted the youth. Hence, it has a chance of having a good run at the ticket window, especially after the ICC Cricket World Cup is over.