FALTU – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 1, 2011 | No Comments
Producer – Vashu Bhagnani
Director – Remo D’souza
Cast – Jackky Bhagnani, Puja Gupta, Riteish Deshmukh, Angad Bedi,
Chandan Roy Sanyal, Arshad Warsi, Darshan Jariwala
Music – Jigar, Sachin
‘Faltu’ is a Hindi language slang which is supposed to mean anything useless. Its connotations include derision and cheapness. It isn’t a pleasant-sounding word nor a high-brow insult.
One would think to name a film as such would either come from extreme silliness or some deeply thought-out reason.
Ritesh (Jackky Bhagnani), Pooja, (Puja Gupta), Nanj (Angad Bedi) and Vishnu (Chandan Roy Sanyal) is a bunch of best friends, who barely manage to scrape through their exams with the exception of Vishnu. When no college accepts them they set up their own college, with the help of Google Chand (Arshad Warsi) and Bajirao (Riteish Deshmukh) to save face with their parents. How they manage to do it is something that needs to be witnessed to be believed. That is not a recommendation though.
Extremely naïve and operating in its own bubble, Faltu tries hard to be a motivational film challenging systems and aiming to change mindsets. However all it does is fill the frames with a lot of colourful people dancing and making merry every ten minutes. Although, this does give the film an ‘upbeat’ mood, it does nothing much to keep the story afloat.
The film hinges on a certain well-meaning intent to put out a message about our education system. It rallies behind vocational education, talent and passion as the real means for success. It challenges the whole system that puts extreme emphasis on marks and nothing else parents and society included. It helps the ‘faltu’ students discover their passions and make successful vocations out of it through bizarre writing manipulations more wishful than and out of touch with reality than anything.
For a fluffy, fantasy ‘Faltu’ is maybe fine. But as a ‘message’ film all one can really take-away is well, the well-meaning intent behind it.