Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
The movie is about four friends, three of whom barely manage to pass in school and are not admitted into any college.
To fudge it to their parents, they create a fake university — Fakirchand and Lakirchand Trust University — and hence the title acronym – F.A.L.T.U
The fake university is conceived, complete with a website and logo, by the fourth friend — a geek. The building, principal and fake crowd, and later lots of other things, are conjured up by ‘Google Chand’ Arshad Warsi.
Too many lame dialogues and unnecessary songs later you have an institution trying to preach novelty of ideas, uselessness of examinations, assessment and following one’s heart.
The last Hindi film I watched in a theatre was Nagesh Kukunoor’s “Tasveer”, an improbable tale about a man who has ‘photographic visions’ and can revisit the past. Then Bollywood took a break and I hoped it would serve the industry well.