Fixerr Review - Silly but wackily entertaining masala potboiler

Fixerr Review - Silly but wackily entertaining masala potboiler
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In times when the action masala genre is consistently frowned upon by the entertainment industry and audiences for its supposed logicless-ness, it’s a relief to see a filmmaker place their faith in this space and do a good job at it. Fixerr is unabashed in its attempt to be a wacky ride. A crime comedy at heart, the story celebrates the idea of human greed and manipulation. None of its characters is trying to be a saint. Its story is steeped in the loud action entertainers of the 80s and 90s where the storytellers do good homework in marrying the old-school masala with the right contemporary sensibilities. Fixerr works as an escapist fare because it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s very coolly casual about its ways. Jaiveer Malik, the corrupt cop, is the protagonist through which you are introduced to the dirty ways of Mumbai and its underbelly. Malik, after being suspended from work for ending an innocent life during a clean-up operation, takes to Mumbai for other opportunities. And while he’s off-duty, he ensures that the murky side of the city’s elite-life doesn’t become fodder for the public. From film producers to spiritual gurus to business honchos, he’s the go-to man to clean up their mess while making millions out of the deals. Standing by his side is a bindaas Jayanti Javdekar, a small-time constable in the city. The quirks in most of its characters are wicked and that’s what makes this universe weirdly fascinating. Malik's wife Kesar even claims that chicken is considered vegetarian in a few countries to justify her vow of eating vegetarian food for Tuesdays. An aspirant actress is willing to go to any extent to fulfil her monetary desires, simultaneously has affairs with a cop, producer and his bisexual son. A spiritual guru’s aide calls lovemaking a harkat-asan. A constable’s husband turns a hijra on the road to make money. With several real-life references, wittily written dialogues and unpredictability attached to the characters, there’s undeniable paisa vasool entertainment in Fixerr. Every character is doublecrossing each other and the treatment makes the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ interesting. Malik’s character, a.l.a Woody Allen’s films, also speaks to the camera intermittently. Watching this series is like the joy you get by flipping past the gossip columns in a newspaper, it’s cheap, sometimes dirty, but it sells. There’s a method to the madness and the tone of the series is extremely consistent to appreciate that. Revenge, betrayal, and greed may be the three words that sum up the essence of Fixerr, yet that doesn’t dilute its light-hearted quality. The cinematic liberties are matched by adequate intelligence to warrant your attention. The ease in the series is mostly thanks to Shabbir Ahluwalia’s screen presence. He has a ball playing the corrupt, manipulative cop, wooing women, outsmarting his opponents with an unmistakable aura. Isha Koppikar sportively plays the second fiddle to the protagonist as a Marathi-speaking constable, getting her energy, pelvic thrusts and punchlines right. Mahie Gill is a readymade choice to play a role with grey shades and she’s a natural fit in a space where she masks her wit with a dutiful wife-image. Karishma Sharma lends the oomph factor to the series to perfection while the likes of Rajat Rawail and Tigmanshu Dhulia shine as long as they last. Anshuman Malhotra doesn’t have much meat to his role though. On the flipside, Fixerr dabbles with too many characters, leaves many sub-plots unattended. The makers go too far to establish the coolness of the protagonist when you feel he has had enough. The directorial team Baljit Singh Chaddha and Soham Shah still have enough mojo in their screenplay to distract you from these setbacks. If you’re game for a series whose only aim is to be a popcorn entertainer, Fixerr will work for you. Like a character says in a popular Telugu film, ‘Forget the logic, enjoy the magic’!

Rating: 3/5

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