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'Jhoota Kahin Ka' review: Rishi Kapoor saves the film with his comic timing

Jimmy Sheirgill is effective despite getting limited screen time.

ET Bureau|
Jul 22, 2019, 11.26 AM IST
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The jokes in the film are often tedious and laced with misogyny.
Film: Jhoota Kahin Ka
Genre: Drama
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Director: Smeep Kang
Cast: Rishi Kapoor,Sunny Singh,Nimisha Mehta,Jimmy Sheirgill,Omkar Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor makes a much-loved return to the silver screen with 'Jhoota Kahin Ka', a comic caper based on the tried and tested concept of mistaken identities. However, while there are a few genuinely comic moments, especially towards the end, an all-too-predictable script, repetitive jokes and an insufferable background score ensure things don’t go too well for Smeep Kang’s directorial venture.

What’s worse is that the jokes are tedious and laced with misogyny. Suspicious husbands, who take to mocking their wives and talking down to them, are meant to be funny.

The plot is simple. Yograj (Rishi Kapoor) wants his son Varun (Omkar Kapoor) to join him in the family business. But Varun, having lied to his girlfriend Riya Mehta (Nimisha Mehta) about not having a family of his own, moves in with her parents in Mauritius. The plot gets murkier when Yograj moves to Mauritius and ends up renting the bungalow next to the Mehtas. Further complicating issues is Tommy (Jimmy Sheirgill) who is in jail, but since this fact must also be concealed, he’s said to be in London.
While there are a few genuinely comic moments, an all-too-predictable script, repetitive jokes and an insufferable background score ensure things don’t go too well for Smeep Kang’s directorial venture.​
While there are a few genuinely comic moments, an all-too-predictable script, repetitive jokes and an insufferable background score ensure things don’t go too well for Smeep Kang’s directorial venture.

Sheirgill is effective despite getting limited screen time, but the same can’t be said about Omkar’s turn. Kapoor, however, saves the day for Kang by putting in the kind of assured comic performance one expected from the veteran after films like 'Rafoo Chakkar'.


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