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Movie Review: Crazy Cukkad Family: Good film, Swanand Kirkire is Amazing

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Cast:  Swanand Kirkire, Shilpa Shukla, Nora Fatehi, Kiran Karmarkar and Kushal Punjabi.

Director: Ritesh Menon

First Take: There is something about Prakash Jha. When he wields the camera, he makes good political thrillers. But when it comes to producing films or just backing it, he tends to dabble in different stream cinema. He did that with ‘Dil Dosti etc’ and now he has done it again with this subtle comic caper.

Story:  Shilpa Shukla is a wannabe beauty contestant, who couldn’t fulfill her dream of becoming a Miss India because of her father. A husband (Ninad Kamat), who is despised by his wife to such an extent that he cross dresses to vent out his frustration. A gay son, who marries in New Zealand and needs money for sex change and another son who needs a green card to settle abroad. Each member in the Beri family has their own sets of problems and the only solution is their dad’s sprawling.

Star Power: Lo Behold! Swanand Kirkire makes an impressive debut. He portrays the role of the eldest son in the family and is absolutely kick ass in it. His comic timing is brilliant. Shilpa Shukla as the wannabe beauty aspirant holds forte well and her chemistry with the family is crackling.

Behind the scenes: The sensitivity with which the makers have dealt with homosexuality is commendable. Even though the film belongs to the comic genre, the topic of being gay has been dealt with in a straightforward manner, unlike the other 100 crore directors who have always made over the top comedies on it.

WTF: In totality though the film squanders its perfect setting and premise. It was a perfect recipe for a delectable dark comedy film, but in the end one felt a little cheated and underwhelmed by the final result.

Editor’s Take: If not for producers like Prakash Jha, such films would never see the light of the day. It just proves an universal truth our so called custodians of cinema have been hiding from us, that there are many story tellers in our system, only if everyone got a chance. Please watch it, inspite of its shortcomings it is still notches higher than the trash we get in the form of entertainment.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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