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Times of India
Monster 'Mausi' (Dimple Kapadia) is the grumpy old Delhi woman, with an OCD. She dislikes everyone, except for her Parrotfish Mishty and a money plant. What happens to her prized possessions after she goes to the US for a month, putting her niece in charge of the house?
The niece passes on her responsibility of 'feeding the fish and watering the plants' to fiance Sumeet, and he to someone else...this goes on and on. Neat freak Mausi's house gets temporarily occupied by new guests who have their own issues to deal with. What happens when she returns?
What the Fish
has a promising premise and an intriguing start but runs out of steam way too soon. A few minutes into the movie and you'd already guess what the climax could be. The non-linear narrative manages to engage you in the beginning but lack of humour and interesting characters make the execution look a tad tiresome and repetitive.
In terms of treatment, the film borrows from
's 'What the f*** is going on' theme but falls flat as the writing is unimaginative and predictable. Characters keep walking in and out of the film, with none making a mark. They bear no relevance to the movie, nor do they add an extra element of fun. Thus when they appear out of nowhere and disappear as quickly, you eventually stop wondering what their contribution to the film is.
Every actor does an elaborate cameo of sorts and though the performances are decent, they fail to make their characters 'likeable'. The plot's restrictions need to be blamed. It even makes Dimple Kapadia's tryst with comedy seem loud and forced.
The 'idea' behind the movie can be appreciated for its novelty but it fails to develop into a full-fledged comedy of errors, which was the intention. If you like funny movies, there are plenty more fish in the sea.