Laxmii 2020 Movie Review Poster Trailer
It is one thing to be recognized on a piece of paper and an entirely different one to be accepted into the real world. The column of the third gender might have been included in the election forms, as reminded by the original Laxmi (a fantastic Sharad Kelkar) in the film, but in the society’s eyes, that column is still a taboo. The message that the makers of Laxmii intended to give is clear—acceptance and love for transgenders. And that if given equal opportunities, they too can make the country proud. However, the execution seems to be a bit troublesome.
Directors: Lawrence Raghavendra (as Raghava Lawrence), Lawrence Raghavendra
Writers: Farhad Samji (adapted screenplay), Farhad Samji (dialogue)
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Sharad Kelkar
LAXMII IS A REMAKE OF KANCHANA
Laxmii is a remake of the Tamil film Kanchana (2011). The director, Raghava Lawrence, stays loyal to the antics that he included in the original film, which is why they feel clichéd and old at times.
Be it to evoke horror through rather predictable jump scares or laughter through slapstick comedy, if you have watched Kanchana, you will hardly find any surprises in the 2020 film. A bit of novelty would have worked wonders. As for the ones who haven’t watched the Tamil masterpiece, you might find your heart skip a beat at a scene or two and a chuckle here and there. The songs add little to the film except Bam Bholle, the incredibly powerful track which gives goosebumps when it is played. Full marks to the choreography of the song and of course, Akshay Kumar.
THE PLOT OF LAXMII
Akshay Kumar plays the role of Asif, a Muslim man who married a Hindu girl named Rashmi (Kiara Advani). The two arrive at Daman and are there on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Rashmi’s parents. They see it as an opportunity to reunite Rashmi with her family, who initially refused to accept Asif as their son-in-law due to his religion. However, after they reach the place, Asif, who firmly believes that there is no such thing as ghosts (as opposed to Raghava of the 2011 film Kanchana), gets possessed by the spirit of a transgender person named Laxmi, who wants revenge from the ones who wronged her when she was alive. What happens once Asif gets possessed forms the rest of the film.
The plot moves at a comfortable pace and will keep you hooked. The climax, though, feels a bit abrupt and points towards the possibility of a sequel. The sub-plots are also integrated into the main storyline towards the end.
POWERFUL PERFORMANCES LIFT THE SCRIPT
Coming to the performances, Akshay Kumar is brilliant throughout the film. He owns the frame right from his first scene, when he busts the myth of a ‘baba’ who is trying to exorcise a spirit from a woman’s body through his ‘magical’ lotas. The actor’s energy remains unmatched and will remind you of his performance in the 2007 film Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Thirteen years later, in a script of the same genre, the actor hits the nail on the head, yet again. His body language when he is possessed by Laxmi deserves a special mention.
Kiara Advani makes the most out of the role offered to her. She looks gorgeous, loves her husband, tries to reconcile with her father and dances to the beats of the song Burj Khalifa.
The surprise package in the film is Sharad Kelkar. His portrayal of Laxmi leaves an impression. In the last few minutes of the film, he owns the show and delivers a power-packed performance. His eyes do the talking and have genuine emotions in them.
Manu Rishi Chadha as Deepak, Ashwini Kalsekar as his wife, and Ayesha Raza Mishra as Rashmi’s mother add the much-needed humour to the script with their performances. Their acting might feel like it went overboard at times, but it is permissible in the genre.
Rajesh Sharma plays the perfect on-screen father to Kiara Advani and slips into the skin of his character effortlessly.
The background score of the film is worth a mention as it creates an aura of humour as well as horror, as per the script’s demand. The VFX team has done a satisfactory job. The costume designers and the makeup artists deserve a mention, especially in the scenes where Asif transforms into Laxmi.
To conclude, Laxmii is the perfect watch with your family this festive season. The film has its faults but its heart is in the right place. Watch it for the fabulous performances and the message it intends to send across.
3 out of 5 stars for Laxmii.