Loootcase Movie Review: Kunal Kemmu and his bag full of money are worth your time

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A bag full of money seems to be the end of all troubles. Right? Well, that isn’t the case for Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu) of Disney+Hotstar’s new release, Lootcase. When Nandan stumbles upon a bag full of Rs 10 crore in the middle of the night, his “sanskaar” tell him to return the bag to its original owner. So, he (in a hushed tone) says, “Last time pooch raha hoon, ye bag kiska hai?” But since nobody can hear him, he has no option but to take the bag home and spend all the money in it. Oh! What a task.

But what seemed to be the end of all his struggles actually ends up becoming one. His beloved bag, that he names Anand Petikar, isn’t really easy to hide, and spending the entire amount together is not really an option. He dreams of buying a luxurious flat, but then nobody really takes Rs 4 crore in cash. So, Nandan decides to take out small portions of the money, wrap it, and hide it safely in various corners of his home. But for a man living in a chawl in Mumbai, finding corners to hide such a huge amount isn’t really easy. And that is what makes up the first half of the film – Nandan and his bittersweet relationship with Anand Petikar. Since the plot doesn’t move much during the first hour of the film, it appears to be slightly dragged. But then, that also helps us understand Nandan’s world a bit better.

Things speed up a bit in the second half and you will find yourself laughing at several points. Especially during the climax when in the middle of a shootout, Nandan is asked whose “aadmi” he is, the don Bala’s (Vijay Raaz) or Omar’s (Sumit Nijhawan). To this, like an obedient husband, he answers “Lata ka.”

So, who is Lata? Lata is Nandan’s wife, played by Rasika Dugal, who hates the idea of black money and scolds her son, Aayush (Aryan Prajapati) when he steals an eraser from a kid in his school. The relationship between Nandan and his wife is another highlight of Lootcase. In their own little world, they find paradise. So what if there is no sugar in their house? Pyaar toh hai!

You might not be laughing hard while watching the film, but you will find yourself smiling throughout. Yes, the script had room for improvement and there were a few scenes where humour could have been induced, but all that can be overlooked because of the fantastic performances of the actors.

Kunal Kemmu is undoubtedly the star of the film. He looks dapper even as a simpleton and has truth in his eyes, even when he steals. He gets into the skin of his character and makes it look effortless. The actor plays a doting dad, a loving husband and an aam aadmi with chhote chhote sapne and scores full marks.

Playing the perfect on-screen partner to Kemmu’s Nandan is Rasika Dugal. She nags, scolds and taunts her husband for giving away all his money to Binu didi (a character we would have loved to see on the screen), but then, loves him to the core and stands by him in hard times.

Aryan Prajapati is fantastic as the ever-demanding kid and is a delight to watch.

Ranvir Shorey, as Inspector Kolte, brings truckloads of entertainment to the film. Right from his first scene, where he says “Arey namaste Bhabiji” and asks for a cup of tea, he gets us invested in the film and his character.

Vijay Raaz as don Bala, who is obsessed with the (interesting) facts shown about animals on National Geographic, is superb and so is his arch-enemy, Omar (Sumit Nijhawan).

Gajraj Rao, as the overly-sweet and cunning MLA Patil, is flawless. He just smiles and gets his work done (by others).

The costume designers have done a fine job and so have the makeup artists. The film’s background score deserves applause and adds to its fun element.

The universe of director Rajesh Krishnan’s Lootcase is simple. And that’s what we love about it. After all, beauty lies in simplicity, right?

Watch it for the top-notch performances and a few moments of laughter. And if you are lucky enough to be staying with your family, make some popcorn and celebrate a movie night.

3 out of 5 stars for Lootcase

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