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FATSO - A decent but all inspired attempt which lacks the entertainment factor. (Review By Bobby Sing)
05 May, 2012 | Movie Reviews / 2012 Releases / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / F

Spoiler : The review reveals the basic story plot of the film.

A fantasy dealing with the hell or heaven has always been an interesting concept for a comedy movie. It has been a hit in the past in Bollywood with films like “Jhuk Gaya Aasman” (1968) & “Lok Parlok” (1979) which are still remembered for their engaging content. So knowing that FATSO was also based on this amusing plot featuring the talented Ranvir Shorey excited me a lot despite of having a low key release.
However, the film couldn’t provide a satisfactory experience as expected with a lack of detailing and entertainment factor missing in its narration. In short, it certainly can be termed as a decent attempt but hasn’t got anything great or exceptional for the viewers looking for a hilarious take on the ‘soul changing its body’ plot. The first half takes off a little late but still manages to keep you hooked with its funny depiction of the “Messy office in the sky above”. But the second half loses the grip and fails to maintain the pace with an abrupt kind of climax trying to end it on an artistic experimental note.
Director Rajat Kapoor makes this film on a borrowed theme in which a man is mistakenly taken by the messengers of death and then is sent back in a different body as a rectification act of the official error made. The plot first came in a 1941 Hollywood film HERE COMES MR. JORDAN. It was later remade twice as HEAVEN CAN WAIT in 1978 and DOWN TO EARTH in 2001. In Bollywood the film was adapted in Rajender Kumar, Saira Banu Hit JHUK GAYA AASMAN in 1967.

As projected FATSO, is not able to make the desired impact on the viewers since it keeps hanging between a comedy, drama or tragedy. To convert the comic plot into an artistic one, the director throws a love angle and some realistic scenes into the script to give it an out of the box, thought provoking kind of turn which falls flat. At one end he is interested in giving an enlightening feel to the project stressing upon the changes in his characters after a sudden death around them. But on the other end he intentionally uses a fat & funny kind of character to generate laughter or sympathy among the audience.
So where in the first half one feels like watching a comedy, in the second half it all turns into a thoughtful tragedy or drama. As a result the viewer is unable to draw any kind of conclusion from the proceedings shown on the screen in its short duration. In the performance section, Ranvir Shorey makes you believe in the role he is playing as Fatso. He is great along with Gul Panag giving a natural performance as the lady loved by one and all. Purab Kohli is fine in his short appearance but both Neil Bhoopalam and Gunjan Bakshi impress as their group friends. From the rest, Brijendra Kala excels in his role of the death messenger. Musically the film has nothing great to mention and has been shot as per the limited requirement of the subject avoiding the cliché scenes of showing the heaven filled with while clouds.

On a concluding note, FATSO remains a decent attempt made on an inspired/copied plot having one abrupt but a well written & brilliantly performed scene which happens to be the climax of the film too. Surprisingly this one particular scene rises above the whole film, with its highly realistic and thoughtfully written lines which would surely make you feel like as if they are all taken from your own personal life and likings.
So if you are game for watching a small (inspired) film made on experimental grounds with some hidden food for your thoughts then do watch FATSO especially for its final scene alone.
Rating : 2.5 / 5

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