Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora
Director: Raghava Lawrence
Streaming on: Hotstar
Story: Asif (Akshay Kumar) is someone who strongly believes against the existence of ghosts. Asif and his wife Rashmi (Kiara Advani) visit Rashmi’s parents at Daman and their house is haunted by a ghost soon after. Whose ghost is it and what does it want forms the rest of the story.
Performances: Akshay Kumar is excellent in his role, especially in the second half where he has to act like a woman. All his mannerisms have worked and he never goes overboard. The next major performer in this film is Sharad Kelkar. He is simply superb in the role of a transgender. Even though he appears for a short amount of time, his performance creates desired impact. Kiara Advani is pretty but does not have much to perform. Tarun Arora as the villain is restricted to a couple of scenes. Remaining supporting actors are okay. Ayesha Raza Mishra and Ashwini Kalsekar have tried their best to entertain but their comedy doesn’t work that well.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good. Music is a major plus. All songs are good,both visually and in terms of audio too. Editing leaves no room for any complaints. Costumes have been designed well and deserve mention. Dialogues are good in the flashback portion.
Analysis: This film is the remake of 2011 Tamil blockbuster Kanchana made by the same director. Certain changes have been made in the script and the run time has been reduced. The main reason why the original version worked so well was because the horror and comedy quotient in the film was perfectly balanced. The comedy sequences featuring Raghava Lawrence and Kovai Sarala were very hilarious and left the audience in splits. The horror portions too were scary enough. But in this film, the comedy and horror portions do not work like in the original. Comedy completely falls flat and there are hardly any scary moments in the film. Writing and casting should have been better in these aspects. But that doesn’t make the movie boring either. It just goes on a flat note till halfway mark and picks up from there. The movie gains momentum from the part where Akshay Kumar starts behaving like a woman. The flashback portion is the best part of the film followed by an energetic Akshay Kumar in the climax. Raghava Lawrence could not recreate the same magic in terms of horror and comedy but he has managed to create emotional connect and has brought out a new shade of Akshay Kumar. The movie would have been more enjoyable if it had had a theatrical release as these kind of entertainers are best when seen in single screen theatres.
On a whole: Laxmii is a watchable entertainer for those who haven’t watched the original. Others may try it for Akshay Kumar and Sharad Kelkar’s power packed acts.