A film with Swwapnil Joshi and Subodh Bhave in the lead, playing best friends in their first movie together, is an exciting proposition. Both are bankable stars and have done good roles in the past.
So, you are bound to walk into the theatre hoping for a good dose of entertainment. Thankfully, you won’t be disheartened entirely.
The premise of Fugay is a tad similar to Dostana, with the leads being thought of as gay lovers. However, unlike the Hindi film, Aditya and Hrishikesh’s perceived relationship is a result of a drunken trip and an unfortunate photo in the newspaper. And while the two friends try their best to resolve the misunderstanding, another problem in the form of the goon Bhairappa (Nishikant Kamat) emerges. To add to all this, Aditya and Hrishikesh have no memory of what transpired that fateful night, a la Hangover, following which their lives turn upside down.
Like many other films which trivialise same-sex love, Fugay starts off on that track but snaps out of it soon enough. There are also the typical stereotypes that a lot of us have come to associate the queer community with – the exaggerated feminine gestures, the double-meaning jokes among many others. The film also makes an attempt at neutralising things by putting one of the most used Pride March slogans into practice – ‘Being gay, is okay’.
It is an enjoyable film nonetheless. Subodh and Swwapnil have crackling chemistry and prevent the film from slipping. Swwapnil is at ease throughout and it is good to see Subodh in a comic role. The rest of cast, including veterans Mohan Joshi, Suhas Joshi and Anand Ingale, do what’s required of them but are largely wasted.
Fugay is a colourful film with a good dose of laughter. If you are game for ignoring the brand placements and stereotypes, this can be a pretty entertaining watch.