Creating confusion after confusion and finally introducing comedy while solving the inherent mess is a concept we have enjoyed and had fun laughing at, but a long, long time ago. The Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Singh starrer Jhootha Kahin Ka follows the age old formula with a Luv Ranjan hangover. But as they say, experience matters. Rishi Kapoor, and, playing his man Friday – Rajesh Sharma, are hilarious and save the day to an extent. All the credit the film deserves is because of the supporting cast, including Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Joshi and Lillette Dubey
What Jhootha Kahin Ka is about: Let’s try this. Two young men Varun (Omkar Kapoor) and Karan (Sunny Singh), after completing their studies, don’t want to return to India from Mauritius. Varun even gets married there without informing his family, telling his wife that he is an orphan. No points for guessing, father (Rishi Kapoor) reaches Mauritius from Punjab, and Varun and Karan lay a master plan to keep their secrets and lie in abundance. Trouble begins when Karan’s imprisoned brother (Jimmy Shergill) comes out on parole, and another streak of lies is being churned out now to impress the brother. What follows is the whole fight to solve the mess, and what it leads to. Fresh!
Yay: As we said before, this film belongs to the supporting cast and only them. Seems like the 5 of them, namely Rishi, Rajesh, Manoj, Jimmy and Lillette are in a different film altogether, and the leads – Omkar and Sunny – in another. It is the supporting characters that have held the film on their talented shoulders, and not the leads. Rishi Kapoor playing the father, and Rajesh Sharma playing his man Friday exchange the best banter the film has to offer. Credit where it’s due, after whatever happens through the film, the big reveal climax deserves a mention. Well written, hilariously executed, and lands just right.
Nay: Well, too many. Firstly, Sunny as a naive lover and Omkar as the dapper dude is overdone now and beginning to pall as an idea. Also, both of their continuous OTT reactions to everything was a big turn-off. Shreya Shrivastava and Santosh Suman’s writing has nothing new to offer apart from a few meagre punch-lines that actually land. One question to the writers though, a husband abusing his wife and accusing her of having relationships with other men is comic? Just asking. Smeep Kang’s direction looks highly inspired by Luv Ranjan minus the comic timing and edit technique Luv has. Production design by Guneeth Bumra and Ragini Jerath is low on research. Houses in Mauritius do not look like elite Delhi duplexes. The songs just begin abruptly, and never take the story forward even an inch. Plus, we thought ending the film with a Sunny Leone dance number was forgotten.
CineBlitz Verdict: Jhootha Kahin Ka has a Luv Ranjan hangover and an age plot old set-up that only offers laughs in small EMI’s. If you do, watch it to see how Rishi Kapoor can shine bright even in a screenplay that is dull. You won’t regret missing this one.