Come to think of it, a number of choreographers - right from Kamal, Saroj Khan, Chinni Prakash and B.H. Tharun Kumar to Farah Khan, Ahmed Khan and Ganesh Acharya - have accepted the challenge of going beyond their boundaries of work. Call it a coincidence, their first attempts have never been musicals or dance-based affairs - something that the viewer would naturally expect from them. Now Remo sets his maiden effort 'F.A.L.T.U' in a college campus, casts young talents and comes up with a film that has loads of energy, plus a message before it concludes.
There's talk that 'F.A.L.T.U' is a mishmash of the 2006 Hollywood movie 'Accepted'. In fact, the Hindi film industry had already made mincemeat of it in a film called 'Admissions Open', which released last year. It was so poorly crafted that it arrived and departed without making any noise.
Again, 'Accepted' wasn't an original piece of work. It borrowed from two films, 'Animal House' and 'Camp Nowhere', with a bit of Van Wilder thrown in. Remo, on the other hand, may be inspired by 'Accepted' [although the story is credited to Sachin Bajaj], but screenplay writers Mayur Puri and Tushar Hiranandani give it a desi feel to suit the Indian sensibilities. Besides, like Rajkumar Hirani's iconic Hit '3 Idiots', 'F.A.L.T.U' drives home a message in its penultimate moments.
'F.A.L.T.U' gives its take on the educational system, but it's far from serious and preachy. With foot-tapping songs and energetic choreography [naturally, with Remo at the helm], loads of humor and tremendous youth appeal, 'F.A.L.T.U' is more of a fun ride that's wildly aimed at the youth in particular.
On the flip side, the writing could've been tighter. In fact, 'F.A.L.T.U' vacillates constantly between interesting and implausible moments as four young students decide to set up a fake educational institution within one day. Also, the writers indulge in too many cinematic liberties, so much so that you lose count after a point. The redeeming aspect is its musical score and the magnificent execution of these tracks.
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