In 1979, Rishi Kapoor starred in a film titled Jhootha Kahin Ka. He played the lead role in the film and now, after 40 years, the actor has starred in a film with the same title. Here Rishi Kapoor plays a supporting role and Sunny Singh and Omkar Kapoor play the leads. But, it is the performances of the veteran actors like Rishi Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma and Manoj Joshi that save this film.
Jhootha Kahin Ka is directed by Smeep Kang who has earlier helmed many Punjabi films. Kang’s narration is sloppy and doesn’t impress. The first 30 minutes are so bad that you would actually feel like ‘what the hell is going on’. Thankfully, the second half is a bit better and the climax is hilarious but that also because the actors have performed very well.
We have seen such comedy films earlier. Many scenes in Jhootha Kahin Ka will remind of the Housefull franchise. Even the scenes are quite repetitive and jokes start looking pale. This one could have been a better film if the writer and the director concentrated on trying out something new with the dialogues and screenplay. Also, the editing is really bad. Songs come and go very abruptly and there’s no connectivity.
Now let’s talk about the actors… Rishi Kapoor is fantastic in the film and we wish that he recovers soon and keeps on entertaining us in future as well. Manoj Joshi is exceptional and he makes us laugh in all the scenes that feature him. Rajesh Sharma is simply outstanding. Coming to the two lead actors, Sunny Singh is good in his part, but Omkar Kapoor looked disinterested from the first scene itself. Nimisha Mehta has been given no scope in the film. Lillete Dubey, such a talented actress is wasted here. Jimmy Sheirgill is very good in his part, but we really hope to see him in a good movie.
Well, the music in the film is quite average. There’s a song featuring Sunny Leone that comes in the end credits and one of the lines in the song is, ‘Machli jal ki rani hai, Jeevan jiska paani hai, Aaj woh machhli kha jaunga, Naam jiska Sunny hai’. Like Really!
Overall, Jhootha Kahin Ka tries hard to entertain us. The only good thing about the movie is the performances by the veteran actors.
P.S. The movie is set in Mauritius, but each and every character is Indian, we don’t get to see a single foreigner in the movie. Even the jailor there is an Indian.