India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Fatso: Insipid slice of modern life


The modern Indian youth has it easy. Very easy. They party, they romance, and they make marriage plans without ever having to worry about their careers and how they would pay their bills. Or at least this is the version Bollywood has been trying to shove down our throats since “Dil Chahta Hai“.

Rajat Kapoor’s “Fatso” is no different. Nandini (Gul Panag) and Naveen (Purab Kohli) are an urban, handsome, young couple. They are also very modern. Their modernity is depicted through public displays of affection, sex before marriage and English dialogue.

They party, wear fashionable clothes and eat out at chic restaurants. But somehow, they never have to worry about money. For them, life is one smooth, work-less ride.

It’s also a very boring one — a word that more or less sums up the entire movie.