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Director: Abhishek Dogra

Producers: Inbox Pictures , PVR Pictures

Cast: Govinda , Varun Sharma , Digangana Suryavanshi


Times of India

STORY: A desperate salesman Rajiv (Varun Sharma) is on the brink of losing his job at a water purifying company and asked to leave if he fails to sell at least one purifier by Friday. But, Rajiv finds himself in the middle of a marital mess when a seasoned ex-salesman Manchanda (Sanjay Mishra) puts him in touch with a quirky couple.

REVIEW: A holier-than-thou Bela Kapoor (Prabhleen Sandhu) dedicates her life to the betterment of the society and leaves her sex-deprived, middle-aged husband Gagan (Govinda) craving for nights of sheer passion. Frustrated, the flamboyant theatre actor indulges in a steamy affair with a person half his age, Bindu (Digangana Suryavanshi) and decides to bring her home after his wife leaves the city for social work.

In the meantime, Rajiv’s sinking career as a salesman needs just one customer and that’s when the eccentric Kapoor couple come in to the picture. Varun Sharma as the small-town boy, stuck with the travails of life in a big city, is quite relatable, so is his performance and comic timing. Govinda’s dialled-up performance though mirrors his over-the-top style from the 90s and that’s one of the many problems this no-brainer comedy has to contend with.

The script of ‘FryDay’ drags on for a little too long and the humour showcased in the film, isn’t even at par with what the trailer promised to deliver. Most of the performances are off the mark, while the director loses a grip on the narrative in the second half of the film. The screenplay goes from situational humour to mindless gags in a hurry.

‘FryDay’ is one weekend party you shouldn’t consider attending, even if your name is on the guest list!

Critic’s Rating: 1.5/5

Indian Express

Movie Review: Fryday

The only reason I went to watch Fryday is my lingering conviction that Govinda still has something to show us. That he can, like a conjurer, pull out a performance which will make us go ‘aah’.

Alas, Fryday is just another ‘ouch’, as awful as anything he has done in the last few years. As a middle-aged adulterer who cannot keep his hands off a bosomy young thing (Digangana), he comes off more like a horny uncle, than an actor in search of that elusive role.

The film also has Varun Sharma, one of the four Fukrey boys, as a harried water purifier salesman. In his quest to get that one sale which will save his job, he fetches up at Gagan’s (Govinda) house.

Maybe this was meant to be a sex comedy. Or a moral science lecture, with Gagan’s wife turning up to wag her finger at the goings-on. A thief (Kala) shows up. So does another fellow. And another. The premise is right for a passable bedroom farce. Govinda, who could have made this thing bearable, seems to be on a solo tangent. He is only acting to, and for himself, not with his co-stars: only in a few places, he shows flashes of the great comic he used to be, and makes you smile. But those are few and far.

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Movie Review: Fryday

Govinda fans can rejoice. This FryDay marks the return of the entertainer number one, in all his 1990s glory. He throws his entire body into the comedy — jiggling, wriggling and contorting his face while delivering the modicum of entertainment and laughs scattered through director Abhishek Dogra’s sit-com.

Writers Rajeev Kaul and Manu Rishi Chadha set this story in Delhi. Varun Sharma plays Rajiv, a down-on-his-luck water purifier salesman with a sleazy boss and an unethical colleague. Rajiv is no Einstein and those around him take advantage of this simplicity. His job now depends on installing this one water purifier on this fated Friday.

Somewhere else in Delhi, a theatre actor is performing Mughal-E-Azam and gobbling up the dialogues of his co-stars. It is vintage Govinda but, like many other scenes, is over-written and overcooked.

After a crash course in salesmanship by a bargain basement motivational speaker (Sanjay Mishra), Rajiv finally bags a client and on the appointed Friday, he arrives at Gagan Kapoor’s (Govinda) home. But the portly middle-aged man, who lives in a garish bungalow, has other plans for the day. With his wife Bela (Prabhleen Sandhu) away on work trip to Simla, Gagan has wasted no time inviting over his young paramour, Bindu (Digangana Suryavanshi).

Every time the doorbell rings, Gagan’s plans for a little hanky-panky are thwarted. Unwanted guests include a thief, Rajiv, the maid and a cop. Dogra’s bedroom farce, largely located in this one set, gains some momentum only thanks to Govinda’s energy. However crass the theme of infidelity might be, only he can turn out dialogues like, “Once in a week it is must, what about Gagan Kapoor’s lust?”

Although he is a fitting junior counterpart to Govinda, Varun’s act as hapless character (seen in Fukrey and almost everything else he has done) is repetitive and tiresome. Fortunately, the actresses play it straight, leaving the comedy to the main actors, supported by Brijendra Kala as the conman.

Dogra’s direction is unimaginative and the production values so sub-par that besides Govinda fans with a penchant for physical comedy, there is no reason to thank god for this FryDay.

Critic’s Rating: 2.0/5


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