Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Ila Arun, Raghubir Yadav, Swanand Kirkire, Ragini Khanna
Director: Pushpendra Nath Mishra
Writer: Pushpendra Nath Misra
Producers: Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl
Production Banner: Phantom Films, Sony Pictures
With the lockdown extending day by day, our list of 'what to watch next' is ever-expanding. In this dire situation, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Ila Arun, Raghubir Yadav, Swanand Kirkire, Ragini Khanna starrer film Ghoomketu might be a suitable option on the list! But is this Nawazuddin starrer worth your time? Let's find out. Here's a quick review of this light comedy film which can help you make the decision.
Ghoomketu which loosely translates to 'a star that returns home', is a story based on the life of a UP guy who aspires to work in Bollywood. Nawazuddin essays the role of Ghoomketu, who lives with his family in a small village named Mahona. Ghoomketu's family consists of his always angry father, Dada (essayed by Raghubir Yadav), his step-mother, Shakuntala Devi, his loving aunt, Santo Bua (essayed by Ila Arun), his unwed uncle and MLA, Guddan Chacha, (essayed by Swanand Kirkire) and Ghoomketu's wife, Janki Devi (essayed by Ragini Khanna).
Ghoomketu inspires to become a scriptwriter in Bollywood and write stories for big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan. He initially tries his hand at writing by applying for a job in a local paper but gets a sweet rejection from there. After the sad brushoff, he decides to run away to Mumbai to fulfil his dreams of becoming a writer. He somehow manages to reach Mumbai with the help of his aunt and gets in contact with a director who is ready to read his scripts. And just like any other person who comes to Mumbai with dreams, Ghoomketu's struggles begin. He tries his hand at writing scripts for all possible genres like horror, romantic, comedy but fails to impress the director. He gives himself a month to make it or break in the city of dreams as his money would also get over by then.
While our protagonist is chasing his dreams, a corrupt police officer, Inspector Badlani (essayed by Anurag Kashyap), who has never solved any case in 15 years, is handed the case of missing Ghoomketu. After being pressurised by Ghoomketu's MLA uncle, this case becomes important and Badlani is told to solve it to save his job. Badlani gets a month to find out Ghoomketu and it will be fun for you to see if he is able to find him or not.
As the end comes near, Ghoomketu realises that its better to go home and stay with his family. He leaves Mumbai to go back to his hometown while Baldani is trying his best to find him in the city. This is where the story gets interesting and you get eager to know what happens next.
Talking about the direction:
The film is a beautiful two hours long story of an ambitious man but it sadly fails in many aspects. While the actors have done a great job, Pushpendra Nath Misra has failed to create any magic with his direction. It's really disappointing to see how the same man who gave us Taj mahal 1989, give us such a bland result with this one as he wastes a lot of time with unnecessary information about the characters. The background score is quite impressive as well as it blends with the scenes tastefully. The film is also shot beautifully with some scene leaving you dazzled. While the screenplay is dull at many points, the dialogues have helped sail the boat successfully. There are some scenes where you will not be able to help yourself but laugh.
In one of the scenes, a small boy tells Ghoomketu that no one cares about the rest of the film when the climax of the film is solid. And it looks like our director has also applied the same rule. The film takes a drastic turn that will leave you on the edge of the seat and when you get to know what happens with Ghoomketu and Baldani, you will either be happy or agitated by the director.
Talking about the performances:
The cast of the film is what makes Ghoomketu worth a watch. Nawazuddin is always a treat to watch and will not disappoint you with his first comedy stint. He fits the character with ease and it will be safe to say that it was only him, who could essay this role so flawlessly. Anurag Kashyap is also a delight to watch and gives you the maximum laughs when he is on the screen. Seeing Ila in this raw, pastoral avatar is one of the highlights of the film. She will easily become your second favourite character after Ghoomketu in the film. Raghubir Yadav has also never failed to impress his fans and seeing him as the short-tempered father is another good example of why people love him. Swanand Kirkire, Ragini Khanna and other supporting actors also did a great job making the movie look good.
Overall, the film is a light-hearted comedy with a simple message. The storyline does get distracted at many points including the climax but you would want to watch this film for the efforts of the actors.
Verdict: One-time watch for everyone who loves Nawazuddin.
Ratings: **1/2 (2.5 stars)