‘GOOD NEWWZ’ IS AMUSINGLY ENTERTAINING

Rating: 3.5/5
Debutante director Raj Mehta gives you a strong message charging it with comedy

Imagine that the confusion of sperms getting interchanged during the process of In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) happens to you. It’s a serious situation. Here it becomes a laugh riot. All for the good. The makers of Good Newwz have created a comedy of errors surrounding a very contemporary issue, making you laugh all throughout. The winners here are excellent performances by all the actors- lead and supporting alike. They give you the best time in theaters, where you just don’t want the drama to end.

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Kareena Kapoor Khan with Director Raj Mehta on sets (image source: timesofindia.com)
PLOT

Two couples with same surnames find themselves in a big trouble when they both opt for IVF and wait for their babies. They get to know that the sperms of each couple have been mixed with each other.

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Jyoti Kapoor and Raj Mehta’s writing is hilarious. Ever since the trailers have surfaced, there are smiles all around. Same happens the moment you start watching the film. Not that the film runs on a single track. The drama also has fair share of emotions, and that’s the beauty of the film. The story talks about a very serious issue, pertinent to a lot of couples out there. Hence, the premise infuses right amount of maturity with light-hearted comedy.

The opening sequence sets the mood up with positively vibrant energy. The makers don’t waste any time in getting to the topic while making the situations effervescent. The best part of the entire film in its length and breadth is the situational comedy. You may not find yourselves laughing out loud. But you’ll definitely have the smiles worn. All through.

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Producer Karan Johar with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, and Diljit Dosanjh during promotions (image source: peepingmoon.com)

The flow is smooth. The scenes are spread through with exuberance. The plot establishes Varun Batra (Akshay Kumar) and Deepti’s (Kareena Kapoor Khan) lives first. And when you are completely in sync with them, the makers bring in Honey Batra (Diljit Dosanjh) and Monika (Kiara Advani) as the conflicting ones. Good way here to narrate the tension. In the lives at both ends, physically and mentally. Hats off to Raj Mehta for giving each of the Batras equal zeal. You like them both. So in totality, you like what is being shown.

You may actually question the viability here, in realistic terms. But that’s a given since it is a casual entertainer with intentions in place. The film also dips a little in the second half but the emotional quotient balances it. The film also portrays conservative view on adoption, not once but a couple of times, in a cringeworthy manner.

PERFORMANCE

Akshay Kumar is such a charmer. Lifting a major chunk of the plot on his strong shoulders, he does it all with his impeccable timing. Warning- you’ll have to catch up with him to be able to get the jokes and intonations. There are scenes which are averagely written, but he elevates them to the highest degree.

Kareena Kapoor Khan is also great, both in her comic timing and even the correct sense of mature actions. At times when the scene gets too casual, she balances it with her sharp depth. And even otherwise, she contributes much for the lighter side of the plot. She gives a cracker act where you can’t help but fall in love with her, all over again.

Diljit Dosanjh is also right up there. Matching shoulder-to-shoulder with Akshay, it is also a mesmerizing delight to watch him. He has caught an accent in the film, typical to his character, and you love him for that. He brings in layers to the comic track being played, but watch out for him during the emotional scenes. He hits a big one.

Kiara Advani too has her moments- some that truly belong to her. She is a real better-half to the character played by her onscreen husband Diljit. Complementing him to the finest level, she makes sure you also root for her. She has definitely improved herself in terms of acting.

Adil Hussain is both serious as well as funny. You laugh at him even when he keeps a straight face. He is simply a genius and can nail any performance. Tisca Chopra, another fine actor leaves a lasting mark. She has a good role in the film, and lives up to it fruitfully.

Anjana Sukhani and Faisal Rashid do the needful in well written supporting roles. They appear for a short while in the film but lend able hand.

The film of course marvels at the writing stage. But equal contribution must be given to all the actors for making this piece what it is. It’s not about the known faces here. It’s purely about their superlative performance.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music is peppy and light, but doesn’t add significant value to the plot. Only relief- they are not jarring. They serve as good breathers instead. Background score by John Stewart Eduri is bang on, with correct sensibilities at right places. The scenes are of varied nature, and so is the track. Soulful, funny, out rightly plain, emotional, gripping. All in one. Very good job at this.

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Director Raj Mehta along with the lead cast of the film on sets (image source: businesstoday.com)

Cinematography by Vishnu Rao is very good, giving the film a visual richness. Although it is simple and straight, the camera gives you the required feel and you are connected with what is offered on screen. Production design is also justified correctly. The sets are all- extravagant, flamboyant, colorful, rich, and contemporary.

Editing by Manish More is simply outstanding. Not only is the flow of the film amazing, the way scenes are crafted and placed is also rhythmic. The journey of the characters right from the time they face the trouble to how they overcome it eventually, makes you invested in the true line of action. The film hardly has a dull moment, and that’s a plus for the film.

The film makes your year end on a very high note. Entertaining you in good amount, the film can be watched along with the family. On point, with an issue in consideration, these are the kinds of films you need after a long tiring week.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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