Synopsis: Lootcase is a complete family entertainer. The duration of the film is lengthy with a run-of-the-mill script but it can be overlooked for the blazing performances. It is a light watch full of quirky one-liners and perfectly-timed jokes.
Here's our take on the film
What happens when a quintessential middle-class man, striving hard to fulfill his family’s desires, stumbles upon a bag full of cash? Well, that is where the story of this much-awaited comedy drama begins.
Also, there is no denying the fact that, Rajesh Krishnan, the director of this film, has brought together the perfect ensemble cast including Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal in lead roles, and Ranvir Shorey, Vijay Raaz and Gajraj Rao among others in pivotal roles.
In this two-hour-twelve-minute film, produced by Fox Star Studios, a middle-class printing press operator Nandan Kumar (played by Kemmu) stumbles upon an unattended suitcase full of cash in a dingy street while returning from a late-night shift and immediately walks away with it, after he asks “Last time pooch raha hoon, kiska suitcase hai?” and there comes no reply.
This brings us to the main plot of the film where life takes an unexpected turn for the print staffer Nandan because of bringing home the ill-gotten cash left abandoned on the street
Soon, this gets followed by mayhem where a Nat-Geo fan don (played by Vijay Raaz), an utterly corrupt politician (played by Gajraj Rao), and a strict cop (played by Ranvir Shorey) get on the trail in search of the missing suitcase oops “lootcase”. Then ensues the roller-coaster ride of a hilarious journey.
Here’s the trailer
Kunal Kemmu has an impeccable screen-presence and is absolutely relatable as a man next door. Similarly, Rasika Dugal, as versatile an actor she is, has done complete justice to the role of a homemaker, Lata, who keeps nagging her husband for not earning enough
Well, what happens after Nandan brings home the bag full of cash? Does Lata find out about that? What do they do with the money? Well, you will have to watch the film to get answers to these questions.
In fact, what’s more interesting is that every supporting character has an unique personality of their own. Like Rao, the corrupt politician, who manipulates his aides for his own benefit by blackmailing them every now and then; Raaz, the don who is insanely obsessed with National Geographic channel as he keeps drawing inferences from the jungle for his life problems; and Shorey, the cop who we don’t know if is good or bad till the end of the movie. Don’t worry we aren’t going to give you any spoilers.
The ‘cat and a mouse’ chase between Nandan and the gangsters, who leave no stone unturned to find the suitcase, makes for the gripping narrative. However, a fast-paced storyline and a not-so-lengthy plot would have created a better impact for us - the viewers! Besides, some portions were bland too with slow-moving screenplay and cliche comedy.
All in all, the realistic portrayal of an unexpected short-lived joy of a middle class man, who deals with an ungrateful workplace, a nagging wife and everyday struggles of life, makes us laud Kunal Kemmu. There was no dearth of good acting in this film because of such a promising cast. In most parts, Rao and Raaz totally stole the show with their seasoned acting.
However, I'd like to pinpoint that the music wasn't that impressive. Once you finish watching the film you'd hardly remember any lines from the songs. Also, in my opinion, it would have been a delight to watch Dugal in more shades than one.
It is definitely a one-time-hilarious-watch for the weekend with your family. You can stream it on Disney Plus Hotstar.