Director Sunil Subramani has assisted director Anurag Basu in his last few films. He has his simplicity in his story narration. This is debut directorial venture. But that has given him the advantage of having Ranbir Kapoor mouth a few shayari's in one of the special song featuring Sharman Joshi and Sunny Leone who make a special appearance only in this video shot on them. The film is shot in Mumbai and features the entire city in all it's glory.
Story: Mohan (Shubham) has migrated from Banares to Mumbai along with his brothers and their families. From sprawling bungalows they find themselves pitched in a one room kitchen and bath in a chawl in the Southern Mumbai. How the naive Shubam realises the harsh realities of life in the city. Ultimately he is forced into marriage to Shalini (Swati Chopra), by his family but he does not get the space to please his wife or romance her as he lives in a joint family. Disappointed she leaves his house thinking that he is impotent. How Shubham convinces her and brings her back with the help from Sam a colleague from his office who realizes his problems.
Performances: For newcomers both Shubham and Swati Chopra have done a great job. They are superb in their performances. Shubham looks every inch the small town boy who is lost in the big city. The other cast lend great support.
Direction: Sunil Subramani's Fuddu takes you back into the Basu Chatterjee and Hirshikesh Mukherjee world. It reminds you of Basu Chatterjee's 70's hit Piya Ka Ghar in which the heroine belongs to the small town. It has all the innocence and naiveté of the small town boy who is seeing the city for the first time at such close quarters. The director could do without the songs for such an endearing story. The video with Sharman Joshi and Sunny Leone was definitely not needed.
An endearing film makes a great watch on a weekend. The movie can get a 3 star rating!