The multiple-award-winning French film, Amelie, which had released back in 2001, has captured the imagination of writers and Directors across the world in such a way that many have attempted weaving their own version of a young dreamer trying to make it while dealing with the baggage of an eccentric family. In fact, the 2012 Rani Mukerji starrer, Aiyyaa, had also tried recreating this premise to mixed results. Now, the shoddiest recreation of it has come along, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s latest web movie, Ghoomketu, released on Zee5. Coincidentally, both the Bollywood versions have been produced by Anurag Kashyap, with the latter featuring him in a prominent role, too. Also Read – Nawazuddin Siddiqui opens up on digital platforms; says, ‘In today’s time, OTT it’s the only way people are able to watch films’
What’s it about
Ghoomketu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) runs away from his hometown in UP and comes to Mumbai to make it as a writer in Bollywood, but whatever he writes is either reflective of his weird family, including Dadda (Raghuvir Yadav), Santo Bua (Ila Arun), Guddan Chaha (Swanand Kirkire) and his wife, Janki Devi (Ragini Khanna), or based on others folks in his surrounding back home, and none of this makes for good scripting material. In the meantime, his uncle’s political influence facilities a police search all the way to Mumbai for him, led by the highly corrupt Inspector Badlani (Anurag Kashyap). Also Read – Coronavirus pandemic: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family placed under quarantine by the police
To be fair, there are a few scenes that not only evoke a few chuckles and chortles , but actually have you clutching your sides from laughter. However, this is down to the immeasurable talent of Nawaz and Raghuvir and their inability to make even drab appear funny at times, with neither Pushpendra Nath Misra’s screenplay, nor his direction playing any part in it. But, there’s only so much that even such wonderful actors can do.
The film is one, big, unequivocal MESS — no two ways about it! In his quest to the include so many sub-plots and balance a melee of characters, Misra totally loses all sense of script and narration. A major part of the story revolves around Ghoomketu attempting to write a script in every genre possible and failing miserably, and ironically, it’s symbolic to how Mishra handles the film.
Plus, there’s no sense of time or situation or placement when it comes to the story arc, and editing is as much to blame here as the writing and direction. And guess what, Mishra had his hands on the editing table too along with Kratika Adhikari. Non-linear storytelling is one thing, and incoherent rambling is another thing all together. It doesn’t help that the rest of the technicalities and overall feel of production come across as sub-standard. And, unlike Raghuvir and Nawaz, the rest of the cast find it difficult to rise about the shackles of the film they’re trapped in.
It’s time that Mr. Kashyap moves away from trying to get a good Hindi adaptation of Amelie on his production resume. It’s clearly not working out. I’m going with 1.5/5 stars, and that, too, because of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Raghuvir Yadav’s earnest efforts.
Rating :1.5 out of 5