Another weekend during the quarantine season and yes the cinema halls are still closed owing to the lockdown. And while the lockdown is expected to be extended, it is the filmmakers(atleast a few) who have decided to release their films on the OTT platforms. This might just be the future that we are looking at, even though there will still be theatrical releases. And with the some biggies lined up(Gulabo Sitabo and Possibly a few others) on various OTT platforms, we are in for a treat. This week releases Ghoomketu, interestingly which was made in 2014 and kept getting delayed until now, is it worth your time…lets find out.
Ghoomketu is the story of a struggling writer who one day heads out to Mumbai to make a career in Bollywood. The story is decent. The screenplay is a bit disjointed and you cannot help but think that this may have worked in 2014 but does seem a bit stale in 2020. It goes to show how much we have changed as a society. The body shaming jokes as an example, did not work for me. But having said that, a few individual scenes do work well, if you can ignore the shoddy editing. So in other words, it is an amalgamation of individual scenes put together. And the ending is a bit abrupt. The dialogues are above average. The music is average. Director Pushpendra Nath Misra has done an above average job in the direction department.
The performances save the day to a very large extent. Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan shine in their cameos. Raghubir Yadav is loud at places but still the excellent actor that he is knows how to hold your attention. Swanand Kirkire is very good, so is Bijendra Kala. Ila Arun is outstanding and the pick of the actors for me. Anurag Kashyap has done a good job in a largely underwritten role. And Nawazuddin Siddiqui! Wow! Just Wow! Kya actor hai, kya acting karta hai! He lives every bit of his character, even when things are falling apart, it is him who holds the proceedings together. Outstanding!
Ghoomketu is a movie that should be watched for its individiual scenes and the performances. Yes, it might seem outdated but is still decently watchable. Available on Zee5.