Banner: Fox Star Studios
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Sharad Kelkar, Ayesha Raja Mishra, Ashwini Kaleskar and others
Music: Amar Mohile
Cinematography: Vetri Palanisamy, Kush Chhabria
Editor: Rajesh Panday
Written and directed by: Raghava Lawrence
Publication date: Nov 9, 2020
Stream on: Disney+Hotstar
“Laxmii” is the latest Bollywood biggie to skip the cinema release to stream on the OTT platform.
Starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, the film is a remake of the Tamil-Telugu blockbuster “Kanchana”. Let’s see how this Hindi version of Kanchana does….
Asif (Akshay Kumar) and Rashmi (Kiara Advani) got married three years ago. Rashmi’s father did not accept Asif as his son-in-law because he is Muslim.
However, Rashmi’s mother invites them to their village to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
Once Asif, who is also a ghostbuster, comes to their in-laws’ house, he starts acting like a woman – draping a sari in a showroom, smearing turmeric on his face, wearing bracelets, etc.
Shocked by his behavior, the family takes him to a shaman. He is possessed by a ghost named Laxmii. The ghost reveals its story.
Performances by artists:
Kanchana was clicked at the box office for its comedy and performances by Kovai Sarala, Devadarshi and Raghava Lawrence. Their chemistry was one of the big highlights.
kshay Kumar has taken over the role of Raghava Lawrence in the original movie Kanchana. While Akshay is in his element, his performance lacks punch.
Here the role of mother changes to mother in law which is done by Ayesha Raja Mishra. But both Ayesha Raja Mishra and Ashwini Kaleskar failed to capture the laughter the Kovai-Devadarshi duo achieved in the original.
Sharad Kelkar as transgender Laxmii is impressive. Kiara Advani’s character is stupid just like her facial expressions.
The film has a rich production value and was shot on a generous budget compared to the original film. Has better VFX and a glossier setup than the original. But writing and editing are the weakest.
Over the top drama
Lack of tension
Aside from minor changes like relationships, “Laxmii” is the faithful remake of Raghava Lawrence’s blockbuster “Kanchana”. Though it was remade by the original director Raghava Lawrence, the Hindi version pales in comparison to the original horror comedy.
Story wise there is no difference, the script was just as formal as the original, the situations are just as hyperbolic. Though “Kanchana” was enjoyed not for the story, but for the comedy and hilarious performances.
Lawrence’s innocent expressions as he turned into a woman was a cracker. Kovai Sarala’s comedy, coupled with her chemistry with Devadarsi, brought the house down. The second half of the Kanchana had better sequences.
Lawrence and the Hindi writers have adapted the characters, but they have not reached half of “Kanchana”. The actors made an effort to be comical. However, their efforts have been in vain. The forced comedy here annoys you.
In the whole movie, only one sequence – Akshay Kumar performing the episode of “pata chal gaya” (“telispoyindaa” in Telugu) is hilarious. Akshay Kumar is great in this series. But other episodes are for crying. Over-the-top drama, predictable horror elements, and old-fashioned narration didn’t click.
There is not much exciting factor for those who have already seen the original. “Laxmii”, in general, is a vapor squib.
Bottom line: Gruesome Comedy