Director: Rajiv Dhingra
Writers: Rupinder Chahal, Rajesh Chawla (dialogue)
Stars: Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill
Runtime: 1h 38min
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Released: 1 December 2017
Summary: Firangi (English: Foreigner) is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language period action-comedy drama film set in the year 1920. It is directed by Rajiev Dhingra. The film stars Kapil Sharma, who is also the producer, along with Ishita Dutta and Monica Gill. The film was shot primarily in Punjab and Rajasthan. It will release on 1 December 2017.
Last seen on the big screen, Kapil Sharma was playing footsie with multiple women, in what was an alleged sex comedy.
This time around, he takes himself off to the past, at a time when India was under the British, with wily rajas trying to wriggle out of paying tax, and a bunch of villagers trying to outsmart the ‘goras’.
Yes, you saw this in Lagaan. In this redux version, Sharma plays Manga, a jobless fellow with a disarming smile, who is good pals with a bright-eyed ‘tange-wala’ (Inamulhaq), romances a blushing ‘gaon ki gori’, and, yes, beats the evil guys at their own game.
The trouble with this mildly engaging film, with a solid supporting cast, is that it is far too long. Sharma is serviceable as a young Punjabi munda, making eyes at a blushing Sargi (Dutta). The setting, meant to be the 1920s, is all created on set, but you do initially manage to ignore the carefully crafted mud huts, because the language spoken is real, the gidda is homespun; as are the costumes.