1. Clean and wash the brains.
2. Boil them with three cups of water salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
3. Boil them on a medium flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till tender.
4. Remove the thin membrane.
5. Cut each brain into four pieces.
6. Lightly melt butter in a non-stick pan and saute the pieces on a medium flame.
7. Sprinkle pepper powder and serve hot.
The above is the recipe for the first kind of bheja fry, the edible one.
The second kind is where your own brain is the principal ingredient and the chef’s apron is adorned by a peculiar specimen – the bheja frier. Seemingly innocent, but disastrously dangerous.
Now there’s a third kind which you can watch on the big silver screen. Sagar Bellary’s Bheja Fry. A wonderful concoction of everyday ingredients presented in a simplistic but hilarious manner. Everyone gets the joke and the whole hall is continuously roaring with laughter.
Not delving into the story, as it needs to be watched to be felt. But a fabulous performance by Vinay Pathak as Bharat Bhushan (an acquaintance of mine has the same name, and the poor soul is going to be harassed big time) is worth the mention. And Ranvir Shorey’s exaggerated effort doesn’t fit in.
Morale of the movie: Don’t call an idiot an idiot.
The most important part, no slapstick. Go watch.
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Bheja Fry (2007)
[35mm, 95 minutes]
Sarika, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Milind Soman, Ranvir Shorey, Tom Alter, Harsh Chhaya, Ikhlaque Khan, Bhairavi Goswami.
Producer: Sunil Doshi
Director: Sagar Ballary
Director of Photography: Parixit Warrier
Editor: Suresh Pai
Sound: Tapas Nayak
Production Designer: Meenal Agarwal
Art Director: Alok Haldar
Music Director: Sagar Desai
Story and Screenplay: Sagar Ballary, Arpita Chatterjee