Director: Pushpendra Nath Misra
Cast:Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ila Arun, Raghubir Yadav
The story of Ghoomketu revolves around an aspiring film writer from a small village in the state of Uttar Pradesh. His dream is to write for Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. He is unhappy with his plus-size new bride, so with the help of his aunt (Ila Arun), he flees from home. He takes a book on how to write for cinema and goes to Mumbai.
The movie’s best parts come from the sequences in the village. The people and this world seem authentic and lively. Director Pushpendra Nath Misra fills this world with likable and eccentric characters along with a local daily newspaper named Gudgudi. As long as the movie is in the village, there are constant laughs and the story moves forward smoothly.
The problems of the movie start when Ghoomketu reaches Mumbai. This portion feels a little weak and the comedy doesn’t work. There have been so many films about an outsider coming to Bollywood. This movie follows the tropes of its predecessors and doesn’t offer anything new. Ghoomketu starts to work on his script and a policeman starts to search for him. The cameo from Anurag Kashyap, who plays Inspector Badlani, is supposed to make us laugh, but the whole act falls flat.One other issue with the film is that the movie was waiting to be released for the past five years. The shooting was completed in 2014.
The cast is in full form here and each of them have given their best. Nawauddin Siddiqui is charming and likable as Ghoomketu. Raghubir Yadav is always reliable and doesn’t disappoint. He nails the role of the typical angry Indian father. However, it’s Ila Arun who steals the movie. Playing Ghoomketu’s Santo Bua, she gets the most laugh out of the audience through her antics. SwanandKirkire is also good, supporting these two as their younger brother. The movie also has cameos of Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, and Sonakshi Sinha.
However, despite its cast and stellar work, the second half of the movie really struggles and you leave feeling a bit underwhelmed.