While we have adored the content of diverse and unique film which were released on OTT this year, we have certainly missed few Bollywood flicks which could have been enjoyed in theaters. Anurag Basu directed comic-caper, Ludo, is one of its kind which would have done wonders if released in theaters across the country.
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Just like the game itself, Ludo gives you four different dimensions – Bittu (Abhishek Bachchan) who desperately need 90 lakhs to see his daughter and performs a fake kidnapping with help of Mini (Inayat Verma), Akash (Aditya Roy Kapur) who needs to rescue his ex-girlfriend Shruti (Sanya Malhotra) from getting shamed as their sex video has gone viral over the internet, Alok (Rajkummar Rao) who does everything under the sun to help his childhood love, Pinky (Fatima Sana Sheikh), who in turn wants to help her husband out of jail, Rahul (Rohit Saraf), an ordinary salesman whose life turns topsy-turvy when he becomes the witness of a murder and runs away to save his life only to meet Sheeja (Pearle Maaney), a Malayali nurse who does not know a word of Hindi or English. All these stories are woven around a common man – Sattu (Pankaj Tripathi), a local goon, who is the main player rolling his dice in this game of criss-cross.
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Adapting the same concept of multiple stories with common theme in Life In A Metro, director Anurag Basu (also playing the role of Yamdooth) makes Ludo a complete entertainer leveraged with fun-loving characters, crossing each other’s path. As the story involves multiple stories with diverse characters and their sub-stories, it might take some time for you to digest Ludo but once you are in the game, there is no turning back as the players move forward with their own agenda.
While the first half is hilarious, the second half loses the focus with few stories unnecessary elongated which could have easily been trimmed. As there are separate stories and their sub-stories involved, it becomes confusing sometimes. Nevertheless, the climax is pretty neat with a good happy ending. Anurag Basu has created a different genre of gangster drama with a pinch of comic relief in the Indian Cinema and just like his previous films Life In A Metro and Barfi, Ludo boast off enigmatic camera work (Basu is credited for it). Art direction was gorgeous. Music by Pritam is soulful. On the flip side, the editing needs attention as the film drags for sometime. Dialogues are superb and hilarious.
Though Ludo is a multi-starrer, you will fall in love two characters – Sattu played by Pankaj Tripathi and Alok a,k.a Alu played by Rajkummar Rao. The versatile actors emote so accurately through their facial expression that it is difficult to imagine anyone else in their characters. Both actors are funny, witty, and impressive with perfect timing of body language. Abhishek Bachchan was just about okay. The Dangal girls – Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh are fine in their part. Aditya Roy Kapur is impressive. I liked the roles played by Rohit Saraf and Pearle Maaney. The actor who played the role of lead nurse opposite Pankaj Tripathi was equally good.
Overall, Ludo is sure to entertain you throughout the film which will make you laugh-a-loud. Must watch – 3.5/5.
Ludo is produced by Anurag Basu and Bhushan Kumar under the banner of T-Series, Anurag Basu Productions and Ishana Movies. Ludo is currently streaming on Netflix platform.