Review: FCUK

FCUK’ hit the cinemas this Friday. A comedy-drama, its very title is peculiar. What does the film have in store? Here we tell in our review whether it is worth a watch.

Story:

Fani Bhoopal (Jagapathi Babu) is a single father and owns a condom-making firm. His son Kaarthik (Ram Karthik) is miffed with his philandering ways. He is shocked when his dad fathers a child at the age of 60. Kaarthik is in love with Uma (Ammu Abirami), a pediatrician. 

How does the entry of the baby (Baby Saharshitha) affect the equations in the family and his love affair? That’s the crux of the story.

Performances:

Jagapathi Babu, in the role of a philanderer, carries a number of scenes on his shoulders. And, the number of scenes that have him at the centre are fewer than expected. Only the climax has him for long at a stretch. Ram Karthik, who plays JB’s son, tries to reinvent himself in the role of an irritated son. He is passable. Ammu Abirami, the Tamil actress, is convincing. Baby Saharshitha doesn’t get much space and the director should have been more talented in showing her cute, unrehearsed demeanour. Comedian Bharath, Raja Daggubati and Brahmaji have roles. 

Technical Departments:

Bheems Ceciroleo’s songs are non-situational and most of them simply hinder the pace. They are ill-fitting at times. G Shiva Kumar’s cinematography is adequate. 

Analysis:

When a 60-year-old man fathers a child and puts his young son in a jeopardy, you expect some genuine hilarity, rare sentimentality, and loads of heart-touching drama. ‘FUCK’, on the other hand, has over-the-top, low-end comedy that is at times too superficial. As for the sentiment, it is flawed and is largely limited to the climax. 

There were two ways of telling the story. One, from the perspective of the father’s character. The other, from the perspective of the son’s character, with Umaa finding a voice of her own. This film adopts the latter. However, for the most part, the son’s character is busy wooing the heroine in ridiculous ways and building up his unimpressive love story. As for the father’s story, it is a footnote for the most part.

The last 20 minutes promise to come into their own. Even here, two jokers are introduced as TV journalists and some cheap humour is forced into the narrative. 

The love story lacks conviction. Umaa’s character is shown to lack the courage to say no to her suitor. She is engaged to some other man but doesn’t need a strong reason to reluctantly go on a date with Kaarthik. How believable is it? 

The joint family of which Umaa is a part is notoriously too traditional in its thinking. Raja Daggubati’s character is replete with outdated character traits. Bharath, who is Umaa’s groom, is torn between the compulsion to look comical and the need to look like an adult. 

More than drama or romance or sentiment, what pans out is cacophony in the story. If the love story lacks a strong glue (with the chemistry between the lead pair being weak), the father-son scenes are a massive letdown. 

Verdict:

‘FCUK’ would have struck the right chord had the emotional hook in the father-son story been developed adequately and been the forte of the film. But the film is about something else.

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