What The Fish Reviews
The big question you're left pondering as you race for the exit in the end, is how exactly did this movie get made? Did nobody read the script? Was there one to begin with?My rating, you ask? You've got to be kidding...WTF???
This is yet another in the line of the Quirky Delhi Film, a genre that has long run out of steam. The novelty lasts for a few minutes. After which it's all downhill. Dimple Kapadia is completely capable of carrying a film on her own. Here, she's a sad caricature of a loud Dilli aunty, and she's all wrongly played for the part.
There could have been some truly vicious invective here, instead of which we’re merely given many an accent, all in the name of quirk. It’s one thing for moronic characters to take a fish for granted, but entirely -- and unforgivably -- another for a director to do the same with this audience.
This could have been a fun romp but in the hands of director Gurmmeet Singh, it’s an excruciating exercise with vapid characters, bewildering plot twists and dismal acting - even Dimple Kapadia has only one note - she cribs, screeches and hams.What the Fish is basically cinema as root canal. I suffered it so that you don’t have to.
The 'idea' behind the movie can be appreciated for its novelty but it fails to develop into a full-fledged comedy of errors, which was the intention. If you like funny movies, there are plenty more fish in the sea.
... a film that must have been funny when it was conceived, but for a plot that hinges on a goldfish and a plant, it needed some skilled direction and writing to make it work. This film has neither.
An absolutely lame and ridiculous film barring Dimple Kapadia’s scorching screen presence, it makes no pretense about being utterly stupid. It is an empty film with no thrill, no excitement and mostly no fun.
The dialogue is very Delhi and some of it raises a few chuckles but it's nothing that you have not seen in other films based in Delhi. Dimple Kapadia is enjoyable to watch and she keeps you engaged every time she appears on the screen. Not all the other characters manage to do successfully. Having said that What The Fish is still a good one time watch...
If there is one thing that director Gurmmeet Singh gets right about his film, it's the title. What the Fish is filled with absurd situations and an array of supposedly quirky, certainly irresponsible characters whose job is to annoy you. Do they succeed! Their accomplice in this crime is a script which prides itself in being inane but fails terribly in being even remotely funny.
WHAT THE FISH is just another one of the mass-produced comedy dramas that work with the audience when they are in a group. Unfortunately, when watching the film, one can't help but wonder what the title, WHAT THE FISH, really means and how does the film derive such a title for a seemingly comic storyline.
You will love Dimple's energetic annoyance, the boyfriend's 'easy going attitude', Anand Tiwari's (who plays the unfortunate boyfriend on a work trip) frustration, as well as Deepti's delivery of her 'off-center' role.
Even though the actors Manu Rishi, Manjot Singh and Anand Tiwari were pretty decent, their efforts seemed to make no difference to this half-hearted attempt of a movie. The director doesn’t explore any of the stories within the story in depth and just smugly skims on the surface, leaving the viewer absolutely uninvolved. Wish the unique concept was better utilised. A shoddy, lazy film.
Gurmmeet Singh’s direction is ordinary. His narrative style does not succeed in keeping the audience’s interest alive for too long. Of course, the weak script is also to be blamed. It will meet with a disastrous fate at the ticket windows.
...s a disappointing case of a lost opportunity. The film is replete with chaos and unfunny squirmy sequences so it's best you stay away from it.
Dimple Kapadia gets it right as a grouchy old woman. Watch it for her performance and a crisp story.
Given the wishy-washy story and the inept direction by Gurmeet Singh, the usually dependable actors, Kapadia and Manu Rishi, are unable to make anything out of it.