Director: Rajesh Krishnan
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Kunal Kemmu & Vijay Raaz in ‘Lootcase’ is just a mixed ‘bag’ of performances and story
The storyline of the laugh riot ‘Delhi Belly’ is still fresh in our memories, for it brought with it a certain kind of novelty that the audiences loved greatly. A similar concept, though without all the cuss words and toilet humour released on the OTT platform, it failed to create the same magic that we have witnessed in umpteen movies dealing with the subject of money laundering. Director Rajesh Krishnan’s attempt to deliver a hilarious movie somewhat seems to fall flat on its face.
A down on luck Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu) is an ordinary family guy. The ambitionless man leads a regular life in a Mumbai chawl, working in a printing press and feeding two mouths at home – a wife Lata (Rasika Dugal) and a young son Aayush (Aryan Prajapati). Once while returning home from work late in the night, Nandan goes to relieve himself and stumbles upon an abandoned suitcase filled with crores of rupees stashed in it. Believing that lady luck had finally smiled on him, he brings it home, yet keeps it hidden from Lata.
The suitcase, which was actually supposed to reach a local politician named Tripathi through an MLA, Patil (Gajraj Rao), has suddenly disappeared without a trace. Tripathi want those 10 crores and a secret file along with the cash to be delivered to him, for which he threatens Patil. Patil, in turn pressurizes his goons to get it delivered to the top boss. Another gang operated by Bala (Vijay Raaz) gets wind of the huge loot, which he orders to be collected midway and brought to him. The gun-toting gundas open fire when they come face-to-face, not knowing that the money had already been taken away by Nandan before they arrived at the scene.
Back home, Nandan has now started to splurge on necessities, even going to the extent of visiting builders’ offices to finalize a comfortable apartment for his family. But Lata is unhappy and smells something fishy in her husband’s sudden change of behaviour. Meanwhile, Inspector Kolte (Ranvir Shorey), who has been hired by MLA Patil to retrieve the coveted suitcase, is sniffing around for more details. Does he succeed or does Nandan get caught eventually? The audiences need to find out.
The trailer of ‘Lootcase’ looked promising enough, but sadly the overall result is a bit disappointing. The story, although with its heart in the right place, seems to stretch on beyond a point. Unnecessary song and dance routine should have been done away with, which could have reduced the length of the movie. Also, the editing could have been sharper, omitting a few scenes that would have worked in favour of the movie. Some characters are forced in the story and do not deserve the screen time they received. The humour, which is the essence of a comedy film, does not come out as effectively as was expected. The screenplay also seems to drag, along with a stretched climax, which mars the pace of the entire movie.
Performance wise, Kunal Kemmu is in top form. But one person alone cannot save a film from drowning. Vijay Raaz, Ranvir Shorey, Gajraj Rao and Rasika Dugal put up a fine performance, but when there is not enough substance in the script itself, talent also goes waste. The actors play their roles to near perfection, delivering punches at the right time and at the right places, but that is just not all.
Put together, ‘Lootcase’ is an honestly funny film for the weekend, but try not to expect too much out of this comic caper.
Eventznu Rates Lootcase: * *