Movie Review: What The Fish (2013)

Box Office: TBA

What’s the movie aboutSudha Mishra (Maasiji) who is a 67 years old, divorced and grumpy woman with enormous energy and the ability to live in the present has just come back to her home in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. She is a mother to a confused and angry young man who has given up a career in television direction and her divorced husband is a playboy in L.A .

While she was away, Sumit, her niece’s fiance was given the responsibility to take care of the house and was clearly instructed to feed the fish & water the plants. His marriage was hinging on this.

At the end of the holiday when Sudha reaches her quaint house and starts it’s inspection with detective accuracy. Had the fish been fed? Had her plants been watered? She reaches the alcove with her beloved crystal fish bowl and collection of money plants. Everything seems to be in order but is it? As she opens her bedroom door she is taken aback by a woman rushing past her.

Sumit had thrown the helluva party for all his friends at Sudha’s house and broken all the rules as instructed by her and also handed over the house to an eloping couple, who then handed it over to a miscreant property broker. The house is then taken over by a Haryanvi Jaat who is a cross dressing Kathak Dancer, followed by a tribal family from Mizoram.

What ensues is a recap of the events that took place beginning from when Sudha left her house in Sumit’s hands. The mystery unravels almost as a game of Chinese Whisper.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “You may not come away with much of a message to take home. But by jove, you will never ever leave your home in the care of any relative after this.”
Zee News
3.0 “WHAT THE FISH is worth a watch. You will love Dimple Kapadia’s energetic annoyance. The plot is a riot! “
Average Reviews
2.5 “It is a good one time watch and may be better than other fare that may be running in the cinema halls this week.”
Indiatoday: Faheem Ruhani
Negative Reviews
2.0 “WHAT THE FISH is just another one of the mass-produced comedy dramas that work with the audience when they are in a group.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “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.”
Times Of India
2.0 “This is one of those films you reckon the title and concept is far more absorbing than the film itself.”
1.5 “What The Fish is 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.”
1.5 “It is an empty film with no thrill, no excitement and mostly no fun.”
1.5 “What the Fish is filled with absurd situations and an array of supposedly quirky, certainly irresponsible characters whose job is to annoy you.”
Indiatoday: Suhani Singh
1.5 “This is yet another in the line of the Quirky Delhi Film, a genre that has long run out of steam.”
1.0 “What The Fish is a huge letdown.”

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