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Ghoomketu Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the saving face in a middling family drama

In Ghoomketu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character says that writing a comedy is a serious task. However, it seems, the makers of Ghoomketu did not take this statement seriously. To put salt on the burn, Ghoomketu also said that “Audience should laugh too.” In this department, the film fails to shine again, and even though the movie has moments where you would laugh, but those are just like a flash in the pan.

To put it mildly, Ghoomketu is a movie, the narrative of the movie is overwhelming, and this is not a statement to praise it, and gives lots of information that is irrelevant. It seems the director didn’t realize why the audience watches a comedy film.

Honestly, the only comedy that you are going to see in this film is when Ghoomketu explains it. So, instead of a laughter riot, you end up attending a lecture on what goes into a comedy movie.

Directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra and produced by Phantom Films and Sony Pictures Networks... Release Directly On @ZEE5Premium 22 May 2020...

Now, let us talk about the plot of the film.

Ghoomketu (Nawaz) is a writer from a small village with big dreams. He wishes to write comedy stories for films that would feature big names such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. He is not happy with his married life, and with the help of his aunt (bua) manages to run away from his house.

He only takes a book on writing for films to The City of Dreams. Now, a common person would have lost all hope within a few days and returned to his home town, but this is a movie, and our hero needs to succeed, and a film by Anurag Kashyap might have explored this scenario, but he only appears in a cameo role in the movie.

Once our hero, Ghoomketu, arrives in Mumbai, he gets in touch with a smarmy producer who agrees to take a look at his scripts. Now, Ghoomketu turns into Inception, and no, not in terms of plot, but it basically turns into a movie within a movie.

Ghoomketu Review – An Awry, Indulgent Ode to the Bollywood Struggle

Our protagonist, Ghoomketu, starts writing scripts for various genres, such as family drama, horror, and romance. What makes these scripts unique is that he creates the plot based on his actual life. At this point, the movie turns into a dumpster almost ready to turn into a dumpster fire.

As the movie is a sort of a parody, at least I hope that is what it is. Ghoomketu tries to show the actual process of scriptwriting and movie making in a “comical” way. However, you find the movie turning stale and if all the comedy that the makers wanted to put in the movie has been exhausted.

The movie now shows the cliché scenes that we have seen over and over again. So, a romance scene on a platform or an item number. At this point, you would have decided to close the tab and watch something else. Alas! The life of a reviewer, I had to endure the torture to save you from the same fate. Honestly, I don’t recall any memorable dialogue or moment after the cliché portion started, and this shows how poor the narrative is.

Our hero, Ghoomketu, attempts to become one of the comedy greats such as Salim Javed, but his aspirations crumble as his family uses their contact in police to locate Ghoomketu. Guess who is the officer handling his case, Inspector Badlani, finally Anurag Kashyap appears in his cameo role.

His role is supposed to provide comic relief, and comic relief is something that is usually put to cheer an audience in a serious movie. However, by now, the movie fails as a comic movie, so a comic relief moment becomes necessary only to fail at it.

This movie tells you why it was put on a shelf after completion for nearly half-a-decade. The movie falls short of a comedy and to improve the overall quality, the producers decide to put in cameos from Bollywood, and if you thought Anchorman was a comedy film with lots of star cameos, then you will realize that Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Chitrangada Singh, and Nikkhil Advani along with lots of other personalities make an appearance in this film. But, they fail to make it any more bearable.

However, despite great efforts from all the cast members, who actually try everything they could to make the movie good, the script betrays them. Nawazuddin portrays Ghoomketu with finesse and makes him believable. However, ironically, Nawazuddin, who plays a character who wants to write amazing stories for movies, is failed by a not so amazing story.

The movie has some fun moments, and the climax is probably the most hilarious section of the whole film. A movie that I have criticized for not implementing what it teaches finally does something that a character in the movie mentions. Half-way through the film, a child says that only the climax of the movie matters as people don’t about what happens in the middle.

Even Nawazuddin’s charm and passion is not able to save the film though it lives up to its comedic value but otherwise feels like a drag.

So, how would I rate this film? The film is not great, and if it was available in a theatre, I would advise against watching it. On the other hand, if you have subscribed to ZEE5 and have some spare time, then you can watch this movie, but I believe you would lose your interest quite easily. A two out of five at most is what I would rate Ghoomketu.

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