Directed by: Raghava Lawrence
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Sharad Kelkar, Mir Sarwar
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Drama
Release Date: 09 November, 2020
Running Time: 141 Minutes
Original Network: Disney+ Hotstar
Laxmmi Bomb is an upcoming 2020 Indian Hindi-language comedy horror film written and directed by Raghava Lawrence in his Hindi directorial debut. It is a remake of the South film Muni 2: Kanchana and stars Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani. Filming began in April 2019 and the climax scene ended in Mumbai on 1 March 2020. It is slated to be released theatrically on 09 November, 2020.
The film, a remake of Muni 2: Kanchana, was announced in the second half of January 2019 by the director of its original version i.e. Raghava Lawrence with Akshay Kumar in lead role. Principal photography began on 22 April 2019 with the shoot of song “Bismillah”. In January 2020, the starcast filmed song “Burj Khalifa” in Dubai. The filming was wrapped up in the last week of February 2020.
The film is scheduled to be released on 09 November, 2020.
The official trailer of the film was released on Disney+ Hotstar VIP YouTube channel on 9th October 2020.
This films soundtrack is composed by Manj Musik and Tanishk Bagchi while lyrics are written by Shabbir Ahmed and Tanishk Bagchi.
Tanishk Bagchi will recreate the iconic song of Namastey London called Chakna Chakna. He will also recreate the iconic song “Rain Rain” from the 2005 film Insan. Both were originally composed by Himesh Reshammiya.
Laxmmi Bomb was scheduled to be released on 22 May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 29 June 2020, Disney+ Hotstar conducted virtual press conference where Akshay Kumar announced that the film will release on Disney+ Hotstar exclusively as part of Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex initiative which was a result of theater shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, it was later decided to release the film in countries where theaters re-opened such as United Arab Emirates, Australia and New Zealand.
The official teaser was launched by Disney+ Hotstar on 16 September 2020. The official trailer of the film was released via Fox Star Studios official YouTube channel on 9th October 2020. It was also announced that the film will be released globally on 9 November, near to Diwali.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 3, 2020
Laxmmi Bomb: Movie Trailer
Laxmmi Bomb: Movie Review
A remake of Tamil film Kanchana (2011) directed by Raghava Lawrence, Laxmii stars Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in the lead roles and is directed by Lawrence himself. Attempting a remake of your own film can be a really daunting task, and full marks to the director for taking this risk, but sadly, he hasn’t been able to recreate the magic of his original. It’s rare for lightning to strike twice, anyway.
Given the kind of buzz that the film had been generating, mostly around Kumar’s transgender character, Laxmii had set a high benchmark. Was it crossed? Not entirely. Or maybe not as successfully as you would have liked. And with an actor of Kumar’s calibre, the film should’ve been a lot better.
Laxmii starts with Asif (Kumar) trying to eradicate the superstitions around ghosts, by offering scientific explanations for ‘supernatural’ events. But later, when this logical man eventually gives in to one such situation himself, you’re left confused, and even worse, the story doesn’t even establish what makes him change his stance so drastically. That’s where the film starts to lose its plot. It makes you ask yourself what the film is trying to say. Is it telling us to not believe in superstitions or is it reinstating them? There’s a lack of consistency to the characters and the plot.
There are also several in-your-face religious innuendos throughout the film. For instance, Asif is in an interfaith marriage with Rashami (Advani). The two look after Asif’s nephew, whose parents died in an accident. In retrospect, you wonder why the child had to be an orphan, and not Asif and Rashami’s own. Most of the first half is devoted to Asif trying to fit in with Rashami’s family and win over her father (played by Rajesh Sharma), leading to a lot of family comedy, reminding you of Kumar’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa — although this time around, the humour is stale, and at most places, forced.
The film has no business calling itself a horror-comedy. Neither is it particularly funny, nor is it all that scary. Lawrence might as well have called it a drama. Talking of comedy, it’s of such poor quality that you crave for some genuine laughs. As a matter of fact, the expressions of supporting characters, including Advani’ sister-in-law played by Ashwini Kalsekar; her mother, played by Ayesha Raza Mishra; and her brother, played by Manu Rishi Chadha, add a tinge of wit and humour. Stealing the show in a 20-minute cameo is Sharad Kelkar. He brings a posture, body language and strong voice to his character.
The second half does pick up when the tone shifts to revenge drama. But again, to attract attention, the violence is made to look excessively gory. Even the antagonist and the plot around him turns out to be quite dull.
There’s very little evidence to support the film’s claims of being empowering to the trans community, other than maybe a few scenes where we see a transgender woman giving a speech up on the stage and sharing her plight. Though even that, to an extent, looked superficial.
The last 40-minutes, however, somewhat make up for the shortcomings. Kumar’s intense moves and the comfort with which he plays such an unusual character is commendable. Though his performance isn’t enough to salvage the film.
In terms of performances, while Kumar is in full form and dependably strong, the portions in which he plays the transgender character were more impactful that his regular self. He’s quite convincing as a trans person, especially when the story highlights the neglect that the community has faced. But the film rushes through these scenes, without allowing the audience time to connect.
Advani looks gorgeous on screen and supports Kumar’s character pretty well, without ever going overboard. She’s particularly stunning in the Burj Khalifa song-and-dance number.
Talking of the music, it’s quite rare for an Akshay Kumar film to go wrong, but Laxmii doesn’t really impress in this department. The songs aren’t bad, but they aren’t seamless either. Burj Khalifa, with its spectacle, is refreshing, while Bam Bam Bholle, with its hundreds of trans extras dancing alongside Kumar gives you goosebumps.
All in all, Laxmii is a large-scale film that definitely would have invited whistles and claps in single screen theatres, but watching it on your devices, it’s just about passable. More critical audiences, however, might find it slightly problematic.
Song Title: Burjkhalifa
Lyrics: Gagan Ahuja
Music Composer: Shashi–DJ Khushi
Singers: DJ Khushi, Nikhita Gandhi
Song Title: Bam Bholle
Music Composer: Ullumanati