Laxmii (2020) – Movie Review

Laxmii is a comedy-horror film written and directed by Raghava Lawrence. It is a remake of the Tamil film Kanchana (2011). As it is a remake of a well-known film, which was made for a mass audience, many of us are aware of the story. But I haven’t seen the original film, so, for the sake of the review, rather going into comparisons I would stick only to this film. The film is available for streaming digitally on Disney+Hotstar from 9th November 2020.

The film starts with Aasif (Akshay Kumar) and Rashmi (Kiara Advani), a happily married couple. Not so long into the film, they visit Rashmi’s parents’ home. Things take a weird turn when a vengeful spirit named ‘Laxmii’ starts haunting everyone in the house, and, eventually possesses Aasif. Who is Laxmii? And what she wants? all the questions like this form the crux of the story.

I would like to break the film into two parts. The first half is majorly a mindless comedy with a very little sprinkle of the actual story. And, in the second half, the film sticks to its story, which is full of comedy and horror elements. The film also does a good job of bringing the audiences’ attention to the societal issues regarding transgenders (LGBT as a whole). In India, it is still one of the less-talked issues, which needs serious attention. The screenplay of the film is very choppy. The background score of the film is just okayish. The songs in the film have nothing to do with its story, they are just there to increase the runtime. Except for the song towards the climax – ‘Bambholle’, which is enjoyable. But they could have spent that runtime on character development to make the film more appealing.

The performance of Akshay Kumar is worth mentioning, comedy genre is his expertise area, so he fits well here. But, I must say, the comedy in this film does not land all the time. Sometimes, it feels forced. Apart from his character, all the characters seem useless in the film. They are just there for filling the space. Even, Kiara’s character has nothing much to contribute to the story. Before this, we’ve seen Akshay and Kiara together in Good Newwz (2019), which was a pretty good comedy film.

Verdict : It is an average comedy-horror film. If you bear the stupid comedy in the first half, then it is a one-time-watch.

Rating : 2.8/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw0gE8QA1W0

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