Director Rajesh Krishnan gives a masala entertainer that entertains you satisfactorily
There are times when a film doesn’t say anything in particular. It only entertains you well enough. Lootcase is a classic example of that. Clean humour. Nothing slapstick. Reminds you of David Dhawan and his genre of films of 90s. This one here works on intelligently created situations and performances that glorify what’s on paper.
A lower middle class printing press worker Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu) accidentally finds a red suitcase containing 10 crore rupees. Reluctantly, he brings it home, giving him a chance to change his mudane life full of struggles because of lack of money. But the actual holders/claimers of money- a gangster, a politician, and a policeman begin their search for the money.
Kapil Sawant and Rajesh Krishnan’s story is simple and there is not much of a novelty factor associated. Infact you have seen similar issues being raised in films earlier like Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local or Delhi Belly and the likes. But the screenplay is interesting. The treatment is what keeps you hooked and entertained. The situations are presented in a way that you kind of know what will happen in the extreme end but you still want to know eagerly how.
The characters created are also hilarious. On one side we have a common man grappling with his nagging wife. He begins talking to the money as if its his friend. We have a gangster who is so fond of National Geographic channel that he relates people to those of animals in jungle, that too using scientific names of the animals. We have a politician who threatens in a flair. Then the policeman you can’t decide is right or wrong.
The writing must be appreciated, especially how the situations are written and also the dialogues given to all these people. They make up the mass of the film, worth cherishing.
You may not laugh out loud, except for a couple of scenes, but you will definitely remain amused. This comes from how the characters are made to react to certain situations. Scenes like where the auto driver says he has poor drawing skills or when he makes the sketch in the face of Shah Rukh Khan; or when particular references to animals are made- they bring a smile to your face. That’s what remains the beauty of the film.
The film doesn’t feel forced or story doesn’t get dull, a plus for the narrative. What the film promises, it delivers. The only minus for some audience and the overall structure of the film will be that it doesn’t offer new things in content. It is only the presentation that emerges to be above average, but that’s not enough in the overall context.
It’s high time the audience recognises Kunal Kemmu’s acting skills, especially after this one and Malang. He delivers a power packed performance here, saying so much through his impeccable body language and weird expressions. Also, he never goes overboard. Sticking to the mature character, he lets the content arrive at comedy and just help it raise its standards. Brilliant work by him.
Rasika Dugal too is very good. She is a great actor. No doubt about it. She proves her comic timing is no less. She matches perfectly to the role and delivers a fine and polished act.
Vijay Raaz is good. Even when you think of him after the film, you’ll smile. Gajraj Rao is shrewd but lovable. He carries both the feels with equal responsibility. Ranvir Shorey has also done well in the limits of his role.
The other supporting actors playing the sidekicks have also done their best and it shows. It is also because of those people that situations become funny.
Music by Amar Mangrulkar and Rohan-Vinayak is just okay. Technically, the songs weren’t needed here. Sameer Uddin’s score is very good. It creates a structure for the written part and you feel the film well.
Cinematography by Sanu John Varughese is simple and to the point. The film looks rich. Production design by Rateesh U K is also achieved impressively. The sets are real, colours are rightly placed.
Editing by Anand Subaya is simply outstanding. The drama has hardly any dull moment, in a material that doesn’t have much newness in the content. The scenes transition smoothly.
The film is simple. To the point. Straight. Casual. Entertaining. Nothing more. Nothing less. It does what it is meant for. And that’s why it should be watched.