A huge bungalow worth hundreds of crores in the heart of Mumbai. Several optimists say. And lots of fun. Wait, one last time. ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ it’s meant to be a light-hearted comedy, but the humor is still present here and there.
This crowded group looks like it’s set up to enjoy the games, but it’s left hanging around in a ramshackle arrangement. Govind A Waghmare aka Govinda (Vicky Kaushal) is a wannabe choreographer, moving between film sets where he dances behind the hero, and keeping the spirit of his wheelchair-using ‘aai’ (Renuka Shahane). That is, if he is not yo-yo-ing between the ruling ‘biwi’ Gauri (Bhumi Pednekar), his girlfriend-friend Suku (Kiara Advani), and her lawyer friend (Amey Wagh).
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Govinda is flat broke, and in debt, and the only thing keeping him going is the potential sale of gold. Keeping a suspicious eye on what is going on is Crime Patrol fan Manju bai (Tripti Khamkar). Who did I miss? Phew.
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The mother-son dog, Dhanush’s latest dead ringer, is hovering around the grand prize. When it comes to property, can a canny builder be behind? And can the crooked cop (Dayanand Shetty) be saved? If that’s not enough, a businessman (Sayyaji Shinde, to be seen mostly dressed-up, reminding you of old-fashioned bad habits) and his son a polite boy (Jeeva) , bring some low-rent villainy to the table. There is a dodgy insurance guy (Viraj Ghelani) in the know of a policy that provides money. Also, dhan-tan-a-aan, there is a corpse. Who is the killer? And who introduces everyone else to that post?
This should have been a mess. It seems like each of these characters should have had a moment or two of their own. What is the purpose of the scandalous artists, trying to pull fast on each other, somehow? But you’re hard pressed to remember one stop-motion sequence in two hours and another film, which starts to feel longer than it should be as soon as it starts. The character, who seems to live with the disability of a stroke, is designed for laughs. We are not kidding. Even the songs-and-dances, depicted on the old team of Kaushal and Advani, are forgettable. So is the film.
Govinda Naam Mera movie Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani, Sayyaji Shinde, Renuka Shahane, Amey Wagh, Akshay Gunawat, Jeeva, Viraj Ghelani, Dayanand Shetty, Tripti Khamkar
Govinda Naam Mera movie director: Shashank Khaitan
Govinda Naam Mera movie rating: 1.5 stars