What the Fukrey is up with these Sequels?

Pop Culture

What the Fukrey is up with these Sequels?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


ack in 2013, there was a moment in Fukrey when “Ambarsariya” began to play and every red-blooded, East Delhi boy in the theatre was transported back to the good ol’ days when they’d play James Blunt on loop while staring at the girl in the neighbour’s window and chomping down momos mumbling “you’re beautiful”. That song was how people fell in love in Jamna Paar.

Jamna Paar, the constituency that lies East of Delhi, had until then, always been an embarrassment when it came to being represented in pop culture. Numerous Delhi films before this one cracked jokes like the one in Rockstar which went “Pagal hai ya Jamna Paar se aaya hai?” It was only films like Titli and Fukrey that embraced the darky, cryptic world of East Delhi; but only Fukrey managed to bridge the gap between the well-rooted colloquial and the generic expectations of a Bollywood multi-starrer, through its sense of humour and localised dialogue. For instance, in the film, bathroom slippers are called “tauliye wali chappal”. It’s a description that only Jamna Paar peeps got. Bholi Punjaban, the druglord played by the enigmatic Richa Chadda, and Choocha, the Jamna Paar version of the village idiot, are only two examples of the pitch-perfect characters who stole the show and make Fukrey a cult of sorts.