Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani, Renuka Shahane, Sayaji Shinde, Dayanand Shetty, Amey Wagh, Veenah Naair, Akshay Gunawat
Director: Shashank Khaitan
The lure of wealth and power can turn daily life into a rat race for the middle class trying to reach new heights in their financial status. Caught in this maze of competitive struggle are the characters of this latest Disney Hotstar latest Bollywood offer.
Based in the city of Mumbai, Govinda Waghmare (Kaushal), a struggling choreographer, is caught between a dominating stay-at-home wife Gauri (Pednekar) waiting to receive a lumpsum amount as alimony in return for a divorce and an ambitious girlfriend and co-dancer Suku (Advani).
Govinda and his not-so-disabled mother Asha (Shahane), after having inherited the dull and dilapidated two storeys ‘Asha Niwas’, locked in a court battle with stepbrother Vishnu (Gunawat) and his father’s first wife Charulata (Naair). What’s a family drama without sibling rivalry?
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As the movie advances, each new entrant makes the comedy a light-hearted one with interesting yet unexpected twists and turns. Govinda’s encounter with a dangerous cop, a wicked politician and his foolish son only adds to this jumble leaving more dots to trace for what is going to turn into a murder mystery eventually.
One crazy night leads to Govinda making an entrance carrying a bag full of stolen drugs and finding Gauri’s dead body lying on the living room floor. An extramarital affair that he has been juggling, a corpse buried in the front yard and his gun used in the crime – all fingers point towards Govinda, making him the prime suspect of this investigation.
The quirky format of the story builds up the suspense when Suku’s narrative doesn’t fall in place, only to have a domino effect on the rest of the events. Unable to dodge his inquisitive house help, the protagonist lands up in the lock-up defending the robbery and the murder.
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All the actors are adept at keeping the audience hooked with their performances. Vicky Kaushal’s chirpiness and smooth dialogue delivery is deserving of all accolades while co-stars Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani have pleasantly held their parts. Renuka Shahane playing the wheelchair-bound mother and Amey Wagh taking up the role of a supportive buddy contribute to some witty aspects of the film.
This crowd pleaser is a laugh riot with a simple plot and iGlobal is happy to recommend it as a must-watch over holidays season.