Updated: August 10, 2020 09:28 IST
Rating : 2/5
A French man named Simon (Sal Yusuf) comes to Bengaluru to attend a conference. He ends up in a mess because of his name sounding like Saaman. He meets auto-driver Asgar (Danish Sait) as soon as he enters Bangalore. Simon uses drugs for his health deficiency, which eventually ends him up in trouble with the cops. On the other side, a wannabe don Muscle Mani (Mahantesh Hiremath) is after a suitcase containing 'saaman.' His driver mistakes Simon for saaman. What follows is a series of comedy events over this confusion.
Danish Sait became a dose of relief for everyone in this country during these tough times. His comic sketches made him highly popular across the country. Thus, there were many expectations when it got announced that his film is having a direct digital premiere. As expected, Danish Sait delivers a commendable performance in the movie. Unfortunately, he is the only saving grace of the film. TikTok star Disha Madan played the role of a reporter in the movie but makes a little impact. Rest others fail to make an impression.
The music composed by Vasuki Vaibhav is a major asset of the film. Her light and contemporary music lifted the mood of the cosmopolitan story. The cinematography by Karthik Palani is decent. The editing by Deepu S Kumar could have been better. Avinash Balekkala's writing is good in parts. A few comedy scenes were good but most of them faltered. Puneeth Rajkumar's production values are very good.
Director Pannaga Bharana made French Biriyani based on a few of his personal experiences. It is a regular crime comedy with no outstanding elements in it. The interesting character intrigues us but the lethargic screenplay ruins those roles. The scenes are very random and make us more confused than the characters in it. On paper, French Biriyani is a solid film that aims at many things like love, friendship, masculinity and cultural differences. The director tried to make it a black comedy like Delhi Belly. There are a few positives in the film like every character is relatable and very normal in nature. The comedy scenes will appeal to non-Kannada audiences as well. However, the director could have used his characters to their full potential. On the whole, French Biriyani is yet another digital release that failed to live up to the expectations. Barring Danish Sait and a few comedy scenes, there is nothing much in this movie. If you have nothing else to watch over this weekend, you can give it a shot. But it will not be an entertaining ride for sure.