Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Sharad Kelkar, Rajesh Sharma, Ayesha Raza Mishra.
Producer: Tusshar Kapoor, Shabinaa Khan.
Director: Raghava Lawrence.
Laxmii is a remake of 2011 Tamil horror comedy Kanchana starring actor-director Raghava Lawrence. Asif (Akshay Kumar) is someone who doesn’t believe in ghosts and is a member of an association which warns people from falling into traps of dhongi babas. Rashmi (Kiara Advani) is married to Asif against her parent’s wishes. Estranged from family for 3 years Rashmi finally gets a call from her mother, who requests her to join in for her 25th wedding anniversary celebration, even though her husband is still angry with them. As they arrive for a happy reunion with their family, Asif is possessed by a trans-woman's spirit who is out to get her revenge.
Talking about the direction and technicalities:
It's the Bollywood directorial debut of Raghava Lawrence, who is also the screenplay writer of the movie. At beginning, the film really feels promising, but soon you realize you are not going to like the horror comedy ride. The writing is awful, and is no match to the original Tamil film Kanchana. From someone who has watched the original film Kanchana a million times, it was truly disappointing to watch Laxmii. There was too much expectation from the film since it was directed by the man himself who starred in Kanchana. However, the film goes down the hill!! The screenplay, the script, the characterization of the actors, the scary sequences turns predictive and falls totally flat!!
Well, what a year Akshay Kumar has chosen to release the circus in the name of a movie and further added to our pain this year. It clearly fails to send any kind of message to the audience and feels more of a mockery or the Sasta horror shows that we watched decades ago.
Talking about performances, Akshay Kumar should just be applauded for taking up such a role, which is completely out of his comfort zone. However, this could have been even better had the writing was up to the mark. But one should not forget his mind- thrilling performance in BamBholle song. His energy in the song was mind-blowing. Kiara Advani who only has a petty role fails to act yet again and only remains as a showpiece in the entire film. It also feels like she is in some music album as the only time we can see her in the film is the song Burj Khalifa.
With poor visual effects and loose acting from the supporting star cast and the evident overacting from Akshay, Kiara and the supporting cast the film is another waste of your valuable time and energy. No doubt it is a remake of Kanchana but a film in this era, we are sorry doesn't fit with such awful effects. While films like Pari, Bulbul so beautifully had portrayed the horror genre on screen and wooed the audience with remarkable effects that really made us feel spooky and for a millisecond sent chills through our spines then comes Laxmii that has no horror and comedy looks like far fetched dream. It's 2 hour 21 minutes of boredom, boredom and only boredom and feels like a mockery show.
What worked for the film:
The most surprising moment and the only good thing about this mockery was Sharad Kelkar’s, who plays the strong role of Laxmii. He nailed the part as a transgender and we couldn’t have been happier to see him in this role. Though his screen time was pretty less, he still gave a powerful performance which at least at the end of the film got us excited. Even though the film had some really good talented actors like Ashwini Kalsekar, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, the over the top acting from the cast was quite disappointing. Sharad and the Burj Khalifa standing behind the film getting 2 stars.
Rating: 2 Stars.