The Dimple Kapadia starrer What The Fish is a slapstick comedy which doesn't really make you laugh so much as scratch your head in confusion . Dimple Kapadia plays a sixty something woman living alone in Delhi. Her character Sudha Mishra is fussy, paranoid, dominating and lonely. The film takes off with Sudha leaving her house in her niece's fiance's care for a month, setting up the stage for what should have been a brilliant comedy of errors. She has given them two explicit instructions, her pet fish Mithi has to be fed and her money plants have to be watered regularly. Then begins a parade of interestingly whacky characters as they slowly manage to make an absolute mess of the finicky Sudha Mishra's house. Here's where the script falls flat on it's face, delivering stale humour and predictable punches. It is slow, confusing and sometimes totally amateurish.
Dimple Kapadia herself is brilliant in the role of the monstrous aunty but sadly she has very little screen time. The first half is moderately entertaining at times leading to a very drab and confused second half. Though it does include a host of interesting characters like the young guy who is a boxer by day and a mujra dancer by night, the execution doesn't really deliver the laughs. This two hour long movie promised much and delivered little, deserving a rating of 1.5 out of 5. If only the film had focused more on the interesting Sudha aunty rather than the ridiculous bunch of characters who invade her house, it would have made for an entertaining watch. At least they did get it right with the title, watching the movie truly made us wonder, “What The Fish?”