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FILM REVIEW: Govinda Naam Mera

Unexpected twists in Vicky Kaushal’s most commercial performance. Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani, Bhumi Pednekar, Renuka Shahane, Sayaj...

Unexpected twists in Vicky Kaushal’s most commercial performance.

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani, Bhumi Pednekar, Renuka Shahane, Sayaji Shinde, Dayanand Shetty, Amey Vagh, Jeeva

Rating: 3*

Streaming on: Disney Hotstar

Kudos to director Shashank Khaitan for making a complicated story uncomplicated and for giving Vicky Kaushal his most commercial role to date. Vicky is a very competent actor and eases into the character of Govinda Waghmare and proves yet again that he knows his job very well. This is a role and character that could very well be that of a Govinda or Varun Dhawan, but Vicky matches them with aplomb. He doesn’t go overboard with his character and nicely nails it.

Govinda is a background dancer and an aspiring choreographer who is in an unhappy marriage with Gauri. Gauri demands Rs. 2 crores from Govinda as alimony for their divorce. Govinda is in an extra-marital relationship with his fellow dancer Suku. Govinda’s father Gopi Vishwakarma, a fight composer who was earlier married down South to Charulatha (Vennah Nair) deserts her and marries Govinda’s mother Asha, and leaves behind a mansion Asha Nivas in the heart of Mumbai. This mansion is now a bone of contention for both Govinda and his step-brother Vishnu (Akshay Gunawat in a Dhanush-like avatar). The only person who supports the troubled Govinda is his friend-cum-lawyer Kaustabh Godbole (a lovely Amey Wagh). To top it all he is being pursued by an inspector Javed (Dayanand Shetty in his famous CID avatar), a dreaded politician Ajit Dharkar (Sayaji Shinde) and his drug addict son Sandy (brilliantly played by Ranjeet’s son Jeeva). When Gauri is found dead Govinda’s troubles become more confounded.

Shashank Khaitan handles diverse characters in the film with utmost aplomb and gives each and every character their dues. The twist in the middle and the end is definitely the high points. Kiara Advani (Govinda’s naughty girlfriend Suku) is another first for her. Possibly she too has never played this kind of twisted character in any of her films. A loud Bhumi Penekar (Gauri) too surprises you with her supporting performance.

There are brilliant supporting actors like Renuka Shahane, Sayaji Shinde, and Trupti Khamkar (as Manju the maid) who raise the bar in this comic thriller. Don’t miss Ranbir Kapoor’s loveable cameo in the song Bijli. Director Shashank Khaitan does a special appearance as the builder Anand Joshi who is also a loan shark.

The film reminds you of David Dhawan’s movies of the 90s and sticks to its fast-paced narrative. It keeps you hooked most of the time. It may seem to be a bit illogical at times but who cares as long as you are having fun.


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