Phamous: Ineffectual at being famous (Reviews)

Deepa Gahlot
Friday, 1 June 2018

PHAMOUS
Director:  Karan Butani
Starring: Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Shergill, Shriya Saran, Pankaj Tripathi and others
Rating: *

If someone were to ask what Phamous is about, it would be difficult to answer, except that it is about the unchecked gun culture in the Chambal valley of Madhya Pradesh, whose ravines, for many years harboured bandits and outlaws. At one time there was a spate of daaku films in Bollywood, which died out, as the old-style dacoits either surrendered or were killed.

Kadak Singh (Kay Kay Menon) wants to rule over this little patch of the ravines, because he hopes gun power will make him “phamous.”  His cohorts are a randy politician Ram Vijay (Pankaj Tripathi) and his brother Babban (Jameel Khan). Radhe (Jimmy Sheirgill) is a mild-mannered admirer of Kadak Singh, who had once saved his life by refusing to identify him in a police lock-up. Radhe is married to the sulky village belle (Shriya Saran), in fancy costume, who has a disreputable past, but like many other tracks in the film, this is left unexplored. 

Jackie Shroff turns up as a man whose daughter was killed on her wedding day when Kadak tried to kidnap her, and he wants revenge after spending years in jail. (Strange that people are shot at in broad daylight, but a man is sentenced when he fired to fend off a bandit attack.) The scales fall from Radhe’s eyes when Ram Vijay demands his wife, and Kadak Singh plays Raavan on his behalf by abducting her. In spite of its fine ensemble cast, the convoluted and confused script render Phamous ineffectual… and insufferable.

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