May 22, 2020

Ghoomketu Movie Review – A Plot, Performances, and Dramatization

One line: if you can clear up your mind, you will have moments of laughter in the film.

I happened to chance upon the headline of a review of the film, and before more of it fell my way, I used my free Zee5 subscription (comes with Airtel, and totally worth it because of the overall content – more on that later). I watched the film today morning, hours after its release. Later, I checked reviews, which were unanimous in declaring the film to be terrible. I respect them, but can’t change my view for them. So I’ll just move ahead, anyway.

Ghoomketu is a story of a 31 year old Ghoomketu, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who wants to be a writer. He goes to his local ‘Gudgudi News’ for a position, where the (chief) editor, played by Brijendra Kala, tells him to first learn writing, and only an MA degree in Hindi won’t make him a writer. He also gives him a 30-day guide on becoming a Bollywood writer, written by himself. He runs away from his home 10-days after his marriage, confiding only in his ‘bua’ played by Ila Arun.

He leaves his wife (let’s leave out the name because that itself is a spoiler. His father, played by Raghubir Yadav, and his step-mother, credits in imdb don’t mention the actor but I’ve seen her many times, and his Guddan Chacha, played by Swanand Kirkire, are left without any notice. In Mumbai, Inspector Badlani (played by Anurag Kashyap) is a corrupt police officer in-charge of finding Ghoomketu, without having any photo of his, lest he will be transferred to a remote location.

The film is in a very local UP tongue, and what works is that it has very simplistic satirical tone throughout. Ila Arun is a total drama queen who simply creates great moments. Raghubir Yadav gets angry, and makes everyone laugh through his sheer performance. Brijendra Kala is spontaneous and has created magical scenes with Nawaz. Anurag Kashyap gets a really funny character, which he tries to do justice to. And finally, Nawaz is so natural in this role – although it seems to be the case with his every role.

The writing is deep in the roots. There is perhaps too much of a satire at one point. The story isn’t normal, or ordinary. This is a film that showcases caricature-ish characters with similar treatment. It is a film that you can only enjoy without having any of the pre-conceived notions in mind. The direction is spontaneous, wherein the actors seemed to have enjoyed themselves while the director just focused on keeping the storyline and character arc in the right form. The opening and closing animations are beautiful, and so are the very few songs. In the end, the film is neither loud commercial film, nor hard-hitting realistic cinema. It is a satire, and it is loud, and it is caricature-ish. And yes, it has its weak points, but it is definitely above average film.

Not too forget, the cameos are excellent, especially Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha.

One line: if you can clear up your mind, you will have moments of laughter in the film.

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