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Certificate: U/A

Director: Smeep Kang

Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Omkar Kapoor, Sunny Singh Nijjar, Jimmy Sheirgill, Lillete Dubey, Nimisha Mehta, Rucha Vaidya

Written by: Shreya Srivastava, Vaibhav Suman

Yograj Singh (Rishi Kapoor), proud of his ancestral property and farms wants his Mauritius returned son, Varun to join him in the family profession. But Varun (Omkar Kapoor) has other ideas. He heads back to Mauritius to join his college buddy Karan (Sunny Singh) so they can job hunt together. But once there, he ends up finding a girlfriend before a job. Varun (Omkar Kapoor) is in love with Riya (Nimisha Mehta). Riya’s dad is wheelchair bound and hence she doesn’t want to get married. Varun lies to her and they get married in a jiffy and he moves in with Riya and his in laws, the Mehtas (Manoj Joshi and Lilette Dubey). Trouble starts when Varun’s father (Rishi Kapoor) and his maternal uncle (Rajesh Sharma) drop in from Punjab to Mauritius because they are missing him. They rent up the other bungalow of their Varun’s in-laws. Varun lies to his parents saying Riya is married to his friend Karan (Sunny Singh). Meanwhile Karan’s long-time girlfriend Sonam (Rucha Vaidya) is dying to tie the knot, except that he is waiting for his older brother Tommy (Jimmy Sheirgill) to give the green signal. Only hitch, big brother is in jail and girlfriend is made to believe he is in London. Whatever cooks up next, forms the rest of the film.

The film is the official remake of director Smeep Kang’s Punjabi film CARRY ON JATTA. But however, JHOOTHA KAHIN KA fails to hold your attention for two hours that the film runs, it would have been much better if the film had been a little shorter. The jokes get repetitive in some places, it is funny in some places and it just falls flat in some places. It’s kind of a mixed bag. It is built up as a comedy of errors. But in some places it just lacks the desired punch. The climax was quite well executed and it is hilarious and it hits just right.

Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by Akashdeep Pandey is decent. Editing is average as one wishes the film could have been cut short by at least 15-20 mins and talking about the music, the songs in the film didn’t do much to take the story ahead either. The plot had potential but can’t quite reach upto it as the story’s graph keeps going up and down throughout.

Performances from the actors were one of the things that made the film better. Omkar Kapoor was decent but he looked out of place in a few scenes in film. Sunny Singh was quite decent as well. Rishi Kapoor was wasted in this film though he gave his best and does well. Jimmy Sheirgill was great, as expected. The girls, Nimisha Mehta and Rucha Vaidya have very little scope to perform in the film. Manoj Joshi manages to make you laugh. Lillete Dubey does well with what was a badly written character. The rest of the cast offer abled support.

Director Smeep Kang remakes his Punjabi film but with not much to offer, or not much difference. His treatment of the film is a bit off in a few places but he gets it right with the climax of the film.

2.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a slow start but given the modest budget and a good word of mouth, it should sail through.

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