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‘Fryday’ review: Govinda is charming, Abhishek Dogra fails to make the best of it

The story and screenplay is outdated and perhaps suited the time when the superstar was in his full glory.

Movie: Fryday

Stars: ***

Director: Abhishek Dogra

Cast: Govinda, Varun Sharma, Digangana Suryavanshi

Govinda comes back with this comedy caper Fryday and you get to see glimpses of the actor who regaled us for so many years. There is a scene in the film, where Govinda plays prince Salim in a stage adaptation of Mughal-e-Azam and he is a riot. Reminding you again of why he was the sensation that he was, Govinda is at his charming best in this one and thus making it a must watch for those of you who miss watching him in action.

The story (and screenplay written by Manu Rishi Chadha) is outdated and perhaps suited the time when the superstar was in his full glory. Theatre actor Gagan (Govinda) is married to a wife (Prableen Sandhu), who is too busy for him as she works in an NGO. Gagan starts an extramarital affair with a married woman (Digangana Suryavanshi), who’s married to a cop (Rajesh Sharma). Running parallel to this story is a failed water purifier salesman, Rajeev (Varun Sharma), who has a deadline to sell his product before he loses his job. Rajeev’s obnoxious boss and scheming colleagues and a greedy girlfriend, have made his life miserable. While Gagan plans a rendezvous with his lover when the wife is away, Rajeev lands up in his house to install the water purifier. The confusion only increases when a petty thief (Brijesh Kala) enters the house.

Charming with his easy comic timing, Govinda is in his element in this film. The dialogues (by Manu Rishi Chadha) are funny in parts. It is to Govinda’s credit that he gives his trademark twist to some not so funny dialogues and forces you to laugh at the silliness of it all. Varun is sincere and endearing. Among the actresses, Prableen does a decent job. Digangana, who makes a debut with this film, is annoying at parts. Brijesh Kala is excellent. Another good actor Rajesh Sharma doesn’t have much to do in the film.

Director Abhishek Dogra had a great opportunity in his hand with an interesting premise and a hugely talented lead guy, but he fails to make the best of it. A more imaginative execution would have taken this film to another level.

Watch it for Govinda’s sake. You will be tempted to go back to his prime time and watch all those gems that he starred in, all over again. In the meanwhile, we will continue waiting for another film that will suit his talent.

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Shubha Shetty

Shubha Shetty is the Entertainment Editor (print and digital) at Dainik Bhaskar Group.