More serious, less entertaining than the original
2.5 / 5
What is the film about?
Asif (Akshay Kumar) and Rashmi (Kiara Advani) got married against the wishes of the latter’s parents. On the occasion of a wedding anniversary, Reshmi’s mother-in-law invites the couple with the child to come to their house as for many years.
One day, Asif, who doesn’t believe in ghosts, accidentally wakes them up while playing cricket with children. What happens next? Who is the ghost, and what does he want, is that the subject of the film?
How are the performances?
Akshay Kumar is a star known for his extreme ease of action and comedy. There’s plenty of room for them in Laxmii’s original (Kanchana), but it took a tough route for the remake. The role of the actor got serious from the start, and we only see the funny side intermittently.
The focus is therefore entirely on the transformative act that occurs during the second half of the film. Akshay Kumar is terrific in these scenes. The sequence of the showroom and the dining room is done with great care and effort, and it shows. The age is visible but Akshay Kumar manages to remove them, superbly. The rest is just a walk in the park for him.
Raghava Lawrence directs Laxmii. This is land on which he has been walking for years. Ease and control are therefore seen from the start.
The challenge with the Kanchana remake is to adapt it to a different setting and audience without losing the soul of the original. Nativity issues need to be taken care of. Laxmii shouldn’t come across as a South Indian film. The director and his team did a great job with her.
Simple changes are made to the original’s storyline, giving Laxmii a fresh feel despite borrowing the entire frame from the original. Casting and writing play a key role here, but the most important aspect is the role of the lead actor. It has been completely rewritten.
The new main character arc and the plot movement through it make Laxmii look very different from the original. The silly, youthful fun is absent. Unfortunately, that was a big part of keeping the movie entertaining. Since Laxmii is different, it seems a bit heavy and less “entertaining”.
The casting, in part, is better and helps in many sequences to create the expected impact. All of the key scenes work well with flashback being the best in this regard. It has a lot to do with the actor trying out the role.
Overall, Laxmii retains the soul of the original and delivers where it counts. It scores well in the emotional realm but lacks a bit on the entertainment quotient. Give it a try if you like the horror comedy genre and haven’t seen much of it.
Kiara Advani plays the typical heroine in a biggie. It is a flowerpot character. All that can be said about her is that she looks fabulous on screen and is glamorously captured in the songs.
The supporting cast is decent. Ashwini Kalsekar stands out easily. The action is over, no doubt, but it’s typical of Masala terrain, especially on the Raghava Lawrence front line. Ayesha Raza Mishra put a lot of effort into reaching the story of the original, but it’s hard to match the liveliness of Kovai Sarala.
The real deciding factor with the remake outside of the casting of Akshay Kumar is that of Sharad Kelkar. He is another excellent choice and shows his formidable acting skills in the “speech” sequence. It will surely melt the hearts of viewers. Rajesh Sharma has been lost. Manu Rishi Chadha is doing well. Tarun Arora looks like he went from a South Indian film set to Laxmii. He’s making his habit.
Music and other departments?
The songs composed by various musicians stamp their feet and are masterfully turned. Unfortunately, in digital viewing they represent nothing, and can easily be overlooked due to their speed-breaking nature. Amar Mohile’s background score is neat. Vetri’s cinematography is colorful. Editing by Rajesh G Pandey is smooth and crisp, most of the time. The writing is correct. We have the feeling that it could have been better comic.
Yes, for the most part
Did I like it?
Yes, but with Reservation
Would you recommend it?
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