''Same here, Mr. Director!''
Just replace the last word of the film title with the director’s name, and that may just as well sum up your opinion about the film. Bad Luck Govind is simply a sorry effort.
In the times of heavy-duty plagiarism and remakes, new ideas are most welcome. But that concept shouldn’t go wasted by a bad treatment. Unfortunately, that exactly happens with this film.
It’s a tale of an utterly pessimistic geek who ends up in a chawl where Bhai rivalry is it its peak, inter-connected with political scandals. How he overcomes his myth in the chaotic ambience is the crux of the story. The story however ends up being a one-liner and the only way left for the writers was to write conversations between the characters. However, where these extra bits may have helped to develop the characters, they end up stretching the film beyond limits, testing the audience’s patience.
The Bhais are overconfident one-dimensional rogues, while the only politician with a major role is evil at its darkest. There is a tone of black humour in the way scenes are handled, but the tone keeps shifting so rapidly that One finds it difficult to adjust in the already uninteresting narrative delivered. To let the film length reach 2 hours there are senseless sub-plots, One being a goon avenging with a sadistic fun by changing one’s enemy’s sexual hormones. Eeew!
The film does manage to bring the eccentricities but the problem is that it overdoes its weirdness. So much so that The sound of a countryside type ring-tone used to bring out the roots of a central character too fails to bring a smile after some time.
Gaurav Kapoor reminds of Ranvir Shorey in a goofy sort of manner, and does a fair job. Hrishita Bhatt is pleasantly restrained, thanks to all the sundry unpleasant things in the film otherwise. Rest fail to impress, though It was nice to see Parmeet Sethi after such a long time in a major role.
And ya, forgot to mention, It also gets preachy towards the end by the way, talking about positive attitude and all that, straight out of Kal Ho Na Hoo. And then we realise that was the only grace-saving way to end this confused wanna-be-peculiar piece of cinema. Completely at your own risk!
Rating – 1.75