Phamous Review & Rating
Phamous is a film that boasts of an impressive star cast of Jackie Shroff, Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Shergill, Pankaj Tripathi, Shriya Saran and Mahie Gill. Why these talented actors chose to do this film is a question that will haunt filmgoers for a long time. The film will remind viewers of the low budget films that were being made in the late 80s about bandits and dacoits that went through a lot of meaningless violence. It tells many different stories and moves back and forth between them, only confusing the audience further.
Speaking about the story, it is very paper thin and just looks for a way for all the characters to confront each other and get into a violent brawl. There is no character motivation or any reason for these people to do the things that they do. Many characters come and go without any warning, and only the filmmakers may know the reason for this. A good star cast does not guarantee a good film and Phamous is the perfect example of this.
The performances are terrible and inconsistent, but the actors cannot be blamed for this. An actor can only be performed if they have a good script but it seems as if the filmmakers were focused on getting an indie-famous cast instead of working on the story and script. The film deals with the subjects of kidnapping, forced marriages, violence against women and violence in general in the Chambal district of Madhya Pradesh but many good films have been made on this subject.
This trope is also getting old and the Indian audience is tired of it. The viewers want something fresh and exciting to watch instead of the same old Bollywood good guy vs. bad guy story. This is probably why films like Raazi, Raid and even Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety have performed well both critically and commercially.
In this film, Kay Kay Menon gives a perfect example of overacting while Jimmy Shergill fails to even look the character. Shriya Saran’s character is just an extended cameo and the female leads have been given nothing to do other than just wait for someone to rescue them. Karan Lalit Butani’s direction is very bad and the scenes do not seem like they belong to a single movie.
Verdict: Phamous is not worth a watch. Go for Veere Di Wedding or Bhavesh Joshi Superhero.
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What is Phamous all about?
Phamous is a comedy-drama film that has hints of action in it. Directed by Karan Lalit Butani, this film stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Shriya Saran, Kay Kay Menon, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff and Mahie Gill in the lead roles and tells the story of a bunch of people in Chambal, Madhya Pradesh. This is an experimental film that is a mix of different genres with very talented people working on it. The makers have created an action romantic drama with comedy in it too with a flavor of gangster flicks.
It is basically a character study of people with different motivations like love, lust, money, power, justice, and political gain. Powered by these motivations, these characters cross paths with each other, which leads to a violent showdown between all of them. Raj Khatri, the producer of Shor In The City has bankrolled this film.
What to expect from Phamous?
The film boasts of a powerful bunch of performers including the veteran Jackie Shroff, who will be seen as a man seeking justice for things that were done to him. Apart from him, trained actors like Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Shergill, Pankaj Tripathi are also in the movie and the chemistry between them looks amazing in the trailers. Speaking about the female cast, Mahie Gill and south superstar Shriya Saran are also in the film.
Karan Lalit Butani is making his directorial debut with his film and he has chosen the right script to set foot into the Hindi film industry. He is creating a mix of genres which has not been seen in Bollywood so far, and if the film is successful, the director is sure to have a great career ahead.
Indian Folk Touch
The film is set in the Chambal district of Madhya Pradesh, which is known for its violence-prone areas. The makers have made sure to give a grounded look to the film and the actors have taken up the proper Bhojpuri accents that make them very believable. All these things might just work in favor of the film and make it a big success.
Krsna Solo has composed the songs for the film, which have been sung by top singers like Vishal Dadlani, Jubin Nautiyal, and Jonita Gandhi. Songs like Bandook and Dil Beparwah are already hits among the listeners and are set to the feel of the movie. Akash Prajapati has composed the background score which seems strong and powerful.
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