Father Chitti Umaa Kaarthik Review & Rating
FCUK Review: Cough It Off
The title itself is... okay. Non-conservative. We can say that. But it turns bold when it drives the right point in the right manner. But all the director Vidyasagar Raju seems to have wanted is to create a bold impression and get a few openings.Though the story apparently looks good or new on paper, a few past films touched upon the same subject in a different manner with different results. This is not a family entertainer in any way.
Legendary American popular literature master Irving Wallace has defined the actual word of this film's title in an aesthetic and respectable way in his pulp magnum opus The Seven Minutes. He has done proper research and set the theme in place and convinced almost every reader. But here the filmmaker failed in setting his story in a serious way. Forget about the word aesthetics.
Fhani or Phani is a condom factory owner and is a Casanova. The role was played by Jagapathi Babu. Unfortunately he played such a role in the late 1990s and the film backfired. He’s a single father for obvious reasons. His son Karthik is head over heels in love with Umaa. As a highly unexpected twist like we haven’t seen before, Chitti arrives into their world to turn it upside down. Who is Chitti and what’s her role in their lives form the rest of the story.
The themes the filmmaker wanted to discuss were bold and to be frank essential for discussion as these times demand. But he left everything in air. The narration is pathetically slow. Even Chateshwar Pujara’s Australian innings can move faster than this story. By the time the first twist arrives and the story starts progressing we’d be thrown out to the interval. Then it’s only during the last 15 minutes we can have a feel of what this film is about. So, it’s neither a story based film nor is it a screenplay based one. Direction? Hmm.
Jagapathi Babu is under-utilised for his strengths. And he’s actually miscast. But he used his experience and tried to do a fine job. Karthik is okayish. Ammu Abhirami did a decent job in a badly written role. Baby Saharshitha is good in her role. Comedy track with Master Bharath is written in bad taste. It’s not executed well too.
Music, cinematography, and editing complemented the narration. The production values are fine. On the whole, FCUK is a mediocre film made out of a good concept. Like the noted controversial film critic Kathi Mahesh says, well intended badly made films are unforgivable. Take your decision in watching the film.
This is not to ridicule or badmouth a film, sincere efforts and a lot more effort should go into scripting films like these. Especially for a South Indian mainstream film. We wish better luck for the director for his next film. From our hearts.
Rating: 1 out of 5
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