Director- Somendra Padhi
Cast- Alizeh Agnihotri, Prasanna Bisht, Zeyn Shaw, Ronit Roy, Juhi Babbar, Arbaz Khan and Sahil Mehta
Platform of Release- Theatres
By Jyothi Venkatesh
At the outset, let me tell you beforehand that this ensemble teen thriller, which is a sort of a remake of the Korean film Bad Genius, is completely different from the kind of films that we get to see these days in the name of romantic teenager films. The writing as far as this brilliant film is intricate and layered as none of the four young leads have a black or white shade to them, though there is a lot of grey, but there is empathy and a general sense of understanding towards the kids.
To put it in a nutshell, the story is that of an orphaned 10th board exam topper from Delhi, who earns a spot at a prestigious school in the city, but is pulled into a cheating racket by her rich classmates. As the stakes and rewards get higher, she risks losing far more than she stands to gain.
Certainly, I should say that what I liked the best about the movie is the fact that though it is a movie that blatantly sets out to talk about cheating in examinations by adopting wrong methods to get desired results, the focus is kept on the matters at hand, and it never gets preachy.
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Despite some loose ends, I would say that Farrey is a compelling watch that will keep you entertained throughout. As it resonates with energetic performances, with her impressive debut, Alizeh Agnihotri, who happens to be the niece of Salman Khan and the daughter of actor Atul Agnihotri, who is not beautiful in the conventional sense but is someone who possesses first rate talent to watch out for, is a welcome addition to the ranks of acting talents!
Soumendra (renowned for Jamtara: Sabka Number Ayega) presents a well-crafted outing overall, though the sequences of cheating in the exams tend to overstretch and make you lose your patience in the process.
As I said earlier, newcomer Alizeh Agnihotri makes a strong debut as a spunky topper, who is convincing in her role as a bright, cheeky, yet reckless girl. Sahil Mehta effortlessly pulls off his complicated character arc, with a lot of prowess. In a special appearance, Arbaz Khan plays his real-life role of uncle to the protagonist with finesse Prasanna Bisht and Zeyn Shaw stand their might as manipulative teenagers. Ronit Bose Roy and Juhi Babbar as the orphanage’s wardens and loving parent figures shine in their roles, especially Ronit who displays his flair as an actor in the climax.