Lootcase Review - A stress-busting rollicking comedy.

Sajid Ali -

Lootcase Review - A stress-busting rollicking comedy.

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Format: Feature Film
Platform: Disney Plus Hotstar
Movie Rated: 13+
Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Language: Hindi
Digital Premiere Date: 31 July 2020

 

What is the story about?
It’s partial black-comedy which follows the story of a suitcase which is discovered by a middle class, Nandan (Kunal Kemmu) who soon finds him being chased by notorious gangsters and an honest Police officer. The film is directed by debutante Rajesh Krishnan.

Performances
Comedy requires expertise and Lootcase was filled with a fantastic ensemble of versatile actors. Each and everyone looked like they were tailor-made for the role. Kunal Kemmu (Nandan Kumar) is one of the underrated actors in the Bollywood who can dish out comedy like it’s a child’s play, he was hilarious. Rasika Dugal (Lata) who played Kunal’s wife did a commendable job. Their on-screen chemistry was organic. That was followed by Aryan Prajapti (Nandan’s Son) who may have a small stint but makes a solid impression. Let’s get to the heavyweights who are the masters of this genre. Gajraj Rao (Minister Patil), his body language, and effortless performance are what make him stand out from the crowd. Then there’s Vijay Raaz (Bala), he’s one of my favourites and he’s someone who can pull off a comedic role as a gangster. And finally Ranvir Shorey (Inspector Kolte), he belongs to a parallel universe of Bollywood in which he’s the powerhouse of a performer. Even though his character didn’t have much to explore in the film, he still brings out great quality with his diligent performance.

Analysis
Confusion comedy is one of the most sought after genre across the globe. Lootcase pretty much belongs to it and manages to keep up the tempo throughout. The premise was staged well and it picks up from the word go. But, yes, it did hit a few bumps along the way. However, it bounces back soon before you realize it’s drifting away. And those bumps were two songs and a mild dip in the pace due to a couple of unrelated scenes. 

The writers had a knack to stage the characters which carried eccentric qualities. For instance, if you take Vijay Raaz for example, who fancies National Geography Channel and expects his henchmen to subscribe to the channel. His reference to the wildlife just cracks you up instantly. And then Gajaraj Rao who tricks people to do his work using reverse psychology doesn’t get boring but keeps you entertained.

Lootcase comes as a breezy black comedy that keeps you laughing no matter what goes on the screen. And its characters play out well with no hindrance. The direction was spot on and he knew how to play out a rollicking comedy and keep the show running. The dialogues were well-penned which not only works as puns but as strong statements too.

Music and other Departments
The music was average, it was clear that the makers had them in the film just to please the producers and the masses. But the background score by Sameer Uddin sets the mood right. Cinematography by Sanu John Varghese was good which was backed with a sharp edit by Anand Subaya
 

Highlights
Organic comedy and well-written dialogues are the strong suits of the film. Not to forget the hilarious ensemble of the cast who did a great job in keeping Lootcase not getting robbed of its glory.

 

Drawbacks
They could’ve avoided the songs which seemed a bit forced into the film that was on a run.

 

Did I enjoy it?
I had fun watching it.

 

Do I recommend it and why?
Definitely I recommend it and this might serve as a stress buster after a hectic week of work. Just lay back with a tub of homemade popcorn and enjoy the show.

 

 

Synopsis : Nandan Kumar comes across a suitcase and discovers it is full of cash. He knows nothing about who it belongs to, where it's from, or how it got there. Nandan has to decide whether or not to take it or leave it.
Cast : Kunal Khemu, Rasika Dugal, Vijay Raaz, Ranvir Shorey, Gajraj Rao, Aryan Prajapati, Shashi Ranjan, Sumit Nijhawan & others
Directors : Rajesh Krishnan
Producer/s : Fox Star Studios
Cinematographer (DoP) : Sanu John Varghese
Production House : Fox Star Studios, Soda Films
Music : Songs: Rohan-Vinayak, Amar Mangrulkar; Score: Sameer Uddin

Digital Premiere Date : July 31, 2020

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