Fuddu marks the directorial debut of Sunil Subramani, who has chosen a poignant subject that will resonate with the blue-collared residents of Mumbai. However, the film is special only in moments — the rest of the time; it’s a montage of clichés.
Set in sin city Mumbai, Fuddu is a sweet, simple romantic comedy that gives you an insight into the brazen lifestyle of its middle-class immigrants who cram up in match-box dwellings.
Realistically portrayed, the film looks into the life of Mohan Mishra who comes to Mumbai from Benaras for greener pastures and soon realises that the shimmer of this glitzy city is all fake. Reality hits him when, in the city, he has to live with his two older brothers and their families, in a chawl and is advised, “adjust karna seekh le tu”, which means ‘learn to adjust’.
In a secure job, he marries Shalini (Swati Kapoor), but can’t consummate the marriage, with his two brothers and sisters-in-law sleeping in the same room. His wife thinks he is impotent and leaves him. A broken man, Mohan has two options — take things lying down, or prove to the world what he is made of.
Shubham is believable as a small-town boy jaded and bogged down with his condition. While Swati Kapoor is convincing in her debut, the supporting cast is over the top. Sunny Leone and Sharman Joshi appear in a song at the end, which has Ranbir Kapoor reciting a romantic couplet. Gauhar Khan, too, appears an item number.
Fuddu, at its heart, is a coming-of-age story of a migrant. Yet, the overly simple approach it takes to give the experience of living in a chawl, is only skin deep. Heavier on visuals than emotions, it delivers no message nor answers any questions. Too thin to be a slice of life, this one.