In the scene where Babil wears a school uniform and eats in the cafeteria, he looks like the spitting image of his late father, Flofan. In the parts where he plays a serious guy, you can see the depth in his eyes, and there are many moments where he drops everything and explodes, cracking jokes and dancing his heart out. In those moments, you realize his potential to portray emotions. But this all becomes a shame when a poorly written story and thin plot causes an actor to fail. (Also read: Qala Review)
Director-writer Vatsal Neelakantan sets out to show the frenzy and enthusiasm that Friday Night Plans would create among students, but his film’s dialogues fall flat, as does the drama. copy. Everything happens so fast that you never know the direction of the movie. There are no twists and turns or any major revelations to surprise you. It is not even a real life story created with the intention of giving you an enjoyable experience. Honestly, we’ve seen better high school and college movies on television. Remember Hip Hip Hurray in the 90s or Remix in the early 2000s. But this Netflix movie seems like a half-hearted and insincere attempt at creating a story that may have its heart in the right place but lacks spirit. soul.
Wafer thin plot
Apart from the Menon brothers – Sidharth aka Sid (Babil), the nerdy senior, and Aditya aka Adi (Amrith Jayan), the outgoing and fun-loving person, Friday Night Plans has nothing to offer. get marzipan points. At home, they are always fighting, arguing and finding ways to get in trouble. One night, when their mother (Juhi Chawla) is away on business, the two brothers put on mischievous hats and secretly plan to attend the most exciting party of the year organized by the rich kids in school. . While Sid and Adi eventually succeed in becoming members of the group and also become favorites in the group, they realize that they have made mistakes along the way and now have to make things right. Will they give up on the party and get back to what they need to pay attention to? Can they correct their behavior before their mother returns home? That’s how Friday night’s fate befell these two brothers.
Babil and Amrith’s chemistry shines
What I really enjoyed watching was Babil and Amrith’s close on-screen friendship. They tell a story about brotherhood, and if that’s the only thing Friday Night Plans sets out to show, it won’t disappoint. Other than that, however, the script and narration are too fragmentary and almost disorienting. At different times you will feel – Is it about mother and child? Is it about high school love and romance? Is it about a wild party? It is about how responsible young people should be? Is it about parenting? Or was it just around a Friday and the plan could have been avoided! There’s also an underdeveloped romance angle, but after a point it becomes a neglected subplot and never gets enough attention from the script.
At 1 hour and 43 minutes, the film may not be long but it keeps you invested for the most part. There is a special moment when Sid is telling his younger brother about how after their father passed away, their mother did a lot for them, so they need to be more responsible. Knowing how closely Babil would be emotionally connected to this, after experiencing the untimely death of his father, Flofan, the film doesn’t do the scene justice. We are never told who their father is or what equations the children shared with him. Even with their mother, everything stays on the surface and never reaches the point of touching you.
Actor disappointed by the text
Babil was as sincere as possible and gave a lovely performance. After an incredibly beautiful movie like Qala, he can adapt to this transition pretty easily. Of course, you wish he’d written the better part, but whatever he can do within the given script, he wins. Amrith, very refreshing and quite fun to watch. Even though he plays a younger and immature role, you still feel the level of understanding and maturity in his lines. Juhi Chawla’s cameo is pleasant but genuine, there really isn’t much to add to the story.
Check out Friday Night Plans if you have nothing better to do on the weekend. It makes you laugh less, wonder more, and only stays with you as long as it lasts.