Cast: Siddharth Gupta, Ashish Juneja, Simran Kaur Mundi, Amit Sail
Direction: Aman Sachdeva
Production: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Bejoy Nambiar
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Story: Kuku and Ronnie are childhood chaddi-buddies. In their late teens, life takes a turn and they grow up and grow out of each other. But will their dosti be back after a short break?
Review: Here’s a dosti-yaari story packaged and dished out in pure Dilli dhaaba-style – with local tadka (no extra toppings). With a young, fresh star-cast – minus frills and fanfare. No mundas baring bronzed six-pack bods or gori mundis dancing to disco bhangra, ‘Yo-Yo’ style (Hadippa!). It’s as simple as aloo paratha with lassi. Gettit?
Meet Kuku Mathur (Siddharth) a naive, middle-class Delhi boy (a bin maa ka ladka) living with his strict father who has scholarly ambitions for him, but Kuku dreams of opening his own restaurant. Ronnie (Ashish), his dhai-baje-waala friend (desi 4 AM, eh!) is more easy-going and street-smart. Their only adolescent addiction is drinking fruit-beer in a sari ka godown. After 12th grade, Kuku lands a spot boy’s job in a shady film unit after much struggle. Meanwhile, Ronnie gets so busy in his family ‘blouse-piece’ business that he snubs his buddy.
Soon, it leads to a bitter fight and Kuku’s life falls apart. Enter, smooth-talker, Kanpur ke Prabhakar bhaiyya (Amit) – a man who has a devious solution for every problem. A flutter of madness follows and good boy Kuku gets ‘cuckooed’. Simply put, Kuku ki jhand ho jaati hai!
Sachdeva’s plot is straightforward. The story doesn’t offer much, but it’s the jhund of characters that make you chortle with their spontaneous lines and lingo. The warehouse guard’s mobiliya (telephonic) romance with his gharwali, a phony godman who sells spirituality (‘Mata ka Jagran – Season 2’) and digital divinity (he’s available on WhatsApp and FB!). An OTT director’s film called ‘Facebook Pe Pyaar’ (‘Like’ it?), and of course, Prabhakar (in a fine act) totally entertains.
Funny situations and scenes with quirky characters provide clean humour but that can’t substitute for the lack of a good, engaging story. Debutants Siddharth and Ashish are decent; and colony ka tota (read: hottie) Simran, as Kuku’s love interest, doesn’t have much scope.
Watch this one only if a ‘little birdie’ tells you to. We mean a ‘Kuku’, alright.