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Not a patch on the original

Angel Rani, DH News Service, Dec 8 2017, 23:05 IST

Hindi (U/A)

Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadha, Manjot Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal

Director: Mrighdeep Singh Lamba

Rating: **

The oddballs return, but not all are on a roll.

Choocha (Varun Sharma) makes the most of the Fukrey comeback, dreaming more and goofing up non-stop.

Deja vu? Deja 'choo', he corrects.

Choocha was instrumental in several lottery wins in the 2013 original. This time, he sees flashes of the future, starring a tigress, her cub and a hidden treasure. Welcome to a stroll in the zoo.

The others - Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), Lali (Manjot Singh) and Zafar (Ali Fazal) - follow Choocha's dreams and fall into deeper zoological traps.

And when they are back in civilisation, it's only for a snake bite on the bum, or a cracker swishing its way to, again, the bum, or for a few jokes on the human dump.

Jailed lady don Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadha) comes out for another dirty battle with a politician - a menacing Rajiv Gupta as the leader who makes his secretary drink from his pedicure bowl.

Ms Chadha also gets a good share of the madcap pie, doing a snake dance now and wielding a gun the next moment.

The other women (Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh) are as clueless as their men.

Then there is Pankaj Tripathi. The man is a riot even when he speaks in monosyllables. As the deadpan panditji, Tripathi accounts for all those stray laughs.

Otherwise, it's a slow and laboured comeback.

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