Dimple Kapadia starrer What The Fish had a lot of buzz around it primarily because of the unusual storyline. But has the film managed to nail it in theatres? Critics say no.
Directed by Gurmeet Singh, the film revolves around Sudha Mishra (Dimple Kapadia), who is a cranky divorcee. She only cares about her goldfish and money plant. Mishra asks her niece to feed the fish and water the money plant while she's away in the US for a month.
The mess begins when the niece passes on the responsibility to her boyfriend and he further asks his friends to do the needful. What happens when Mishra returns?
Renuka Vyavahare of TOI, says the movie is quite predictable. "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."
Going by the plot and lead actors, it seems hard to believe that the film will be anything but slapstick. However, as per reviewers the quality of humour falls from grace. "The plot's restrictions need to be blamed. It even makes Dimple Kapadia's tryst with comedy seem loud and forced," Vyavahare adds.
Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters has something similar to say: "What could have been a funny episode in a television sitcom is stretched into a full-length film, and at some point, the plot is bound to wear thin. None of the characters evoke any sympathy, and the humour is anything but funny, bordering on the offensive."
The director has gone to the extent of incorporating toilet humour in the film which becomes a little difficult to laugh at.
Nobody from the cast comes across as a strong character in the film.
"So many motley characters have come and gone in this house that none really stays with you though most of them do play their parts well. None seem to have the 'extra something' to remain memorable after you have left the cinema hall," says Faheem Ruhani of India Today.
Jamkhandikar points out: "Of the actors, Manu Rishi as the slimy womaniser and Kapadia as Mishra stand out, in that they at least make an effort to etch out their characters. The rest of the ensemble cast is eminently forgettable."