Fool N Final: Quite foolish really
By Manisha Vardhan, MovieTalkies, 01 June 2007
The problem with director Ahmed Khan's Fool N Final lies in the fact that it has too many stars, and there is apparently too much happening. The script, of course, is non-existent and adds to its woes. It has many stunts, comic and otherwise, but gags and stunts do not a make film as the director would have realized to his peril. The film works, but, only in places. As a whole, it has no impact.
The film's story revolves around a diamond. Rocky (Chunky Pande) robs and smuggles the diamond out of India and sends it to Dubai for his uncle, who is a don called Choksey (Gulshan Grover). Choksey is in London and asks his nephew to sell it to Lalwani (Asrani) in Dubai. But the news of the diamond reaches another don, Moscow Chikna (Arbaaz Khan), who decides that he wants it. He hires a petty thief Choubey (Paresh Rawal) to steal it for him. Choubey in turn, ropes in his niece Tina (Ayesha Takia) and her boyfriend Raja (Shahid Kapur) to help him in his mission. And a cabbie, played by Johnny Lever. That's one side of the story. On the other, we have JD (Zakir Hussian), who is another don. He runs illegal boxing matches. Munna (Sunny Deol) is a boxer. And then, there is Luckee (Vivek Oberoi), who runs a game parlour and snares youngsters into taking part in the boxing matches. He owes JD money.
Now Rocky has a weakness for guns and gambling. He calls in Moscow Chikna, who in turn asks him to bet on his behalf at JD's gambling den. Meanwhile, Choubey, Tina and Raja decide to kidnap Rocky at the don's instructions. Munna, who will decimate anything that comes his way, defeats JD's fighter, which does not go down well with the don. In this melee, Moscow Chikna gets his hands on the diamond and walks off. And all the other dons, Lalwani, Choksi and JD, land up at Choubey's and want the diamond. And chaos keeps getting even more chaotic if possible.
The problem is, as always, with the script. The ingredients are all there for a perfect comedy, but somehow the script writers and director are unable to keep track of the various stories doing the round and are unable to connect them well. There is a total lack of directorial control and it shows. There are just too many events, that it can make you almost feel breathless. The film does make you laugh. But the idea is that it could have been so much funnier.
Most of the actors have really nothing to do. Sunny Deol, does what he does best, use his fists. And that's how he makes his first appearance, playing the knight in armour to Sameera Reddy. Jackie Shroff makes an appearance as a gunman. The role surely, does nothing for his fast dwindling career. Arbaaz Khan, Gulshan Grover, Asrani, Zakir Hussian, Chunky Pande are all adequate in their roles. Nothing really worth writing about. Shahid and Ayesha Takia would have made a cute pair, but for their lack of chemistry.
Coming as it does, right after Shootout at Lokhandwala, where Vivek made a comeback of sorts as Maya Dolas, one wonders at the logic of a Fool N Final. Its timing couldn't have been worse for the actor. The role has nothing in it for him. The ones who stand out are of course Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever. They've done this kind of thing a million and one times. They do manage to make their presence felt, but at other times they look a little jaded as well.
The film has its share of gloss, well shot locales of Dubai, but it stops there. That cannot save it from its fate. The music, too by Himesh Reshammiya, is hardly the type to top the charts. It's just about pleasant.
Fool N Final is quite foolish in the end. No saving grace here!