Banners: Soham Rockstar Entertainment, Shantiniketan Entertainment Productions
Producers: Anuj Sharma, Deepak Mukut
Director: Smeep Kang
Cast: Omkar Kapoor, Sunny Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Manoj Joshi, Lilette Dubey, Rajesh Sharma, Rakesh Bedi,
Nimisha Mehta, Rucha Vaidya
Writers: Vaibhav Suman, Shreya Srivastava
Music: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amjad Nadeem Aamir, Rahul-Sanjeev-Ajay, Kashi Richard, Sidhant Madhav
Tried and tested but done to death. This is what Jhootha Kahin Ka is in a nutshell. It is centered on a comedy-of-error kind of a situation, only less complex and more uninspiring, so much so that the first joke that happens is almost 40 minutes into the film.
The film revolves around the lives of two friends, Varun and Karan, who spend their lives looking for jobs and lying incessantly. When it is time for them to get married to their respective love interests, Ria and Sonam, their lives go haywire. Mistaken identities, an elderly brother who is let out on parole, a wheelchair-bound husband who constantly accuses his wife of adultery and a family who experiences an epiphany and flies to Mauritius from Punjab to stay with their son are the elements that help carry the plot ahead. Or do they?
The Smeep Kang directorial, written by Vaibhav Suman and Shreya Srivastava, tries hard to make one laugh with the usual clichés, but most of them fall flat. However, there are a bunch of one-liners that are unevenly placed, which will crack you up. The writing did hold a bit of potential but only in places, it seems like the humourous sequences fizzle out like dank crackers. The dialect spoken by Karan fluctuates worse than a bulb about to burn out. He largely speaks like a Punjabi Delhiite but switches to Bhojpuri every now and then.
Editor Ashfaque Makrani could have made a crisper film. It is not like a compact flow of events would have helped the film, but then who doesn’t like watching a precise film that does not drag? The makers could have done away with all the songs. They pop up out of nowhere and render a whole lot of incoherence to the film. There is not even one track that stays with you.
What can you expect from a film that seems to be inspired from several comic capers that we have been watching over the last two decades? Yes, Jhootha Kahin Ka is extremely predictable. The final sequence when the entire cast gathers to dilute the confusion is a damp squib and will leave you even more confused as to why the film was made in the first place. What adds to the inconsistency of the film is the abrupt ending. After two hours of impatience, it appears like the last bit of the film vanishes into thin air. But then Sunny Leone is brought in to rescue the film. But alas, she adds to our woes!
Omkar Kapoor as Varun tries hard to give his best but the flawed writing hampers his performance. Sunny Singh as Karan looks expressionless throughout the film. His character, henpecked and helpless, seems like an extension from the Pyaar Ka Punchnama series. Even seasoned actors like Rishi Kapoor, Jimmy Sheirgill, Manoj Joshi, Lilette Dubey, Rajesh Sharma and Rakesh Bedi fail to save the film and are wasted. Nimisha Mehta and Rucha Vaidya are bad.