Ludo review – Decent fun ride but too long

Title: Ludo
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Rohit Suresh, Pearle Maaney
Director: Anurag Basu
Streaming on: Netflix
Language: Hindi

Story: Four different stories featuring four different sets of people run on a parallel note. Like in a Ludo game, all their lives, moves and decisions have an impact on each other. How did this game go on and end and who became the winners forms the story.

Performances: Pankaj Tripathi is the show stealer among the list of wonderful actors in this film. He has done his part very well with the right dose of fun and cruelty. The next major attention grabber is Rajkummar Rao. He lights up the screen whenever he is there and adds a lot of fun by approaching the character in his own style. Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh have also performed very well in their respective roles of a troubled bride and troubled wife respectively. Aditya Roy Kapur and Abhishek Bachchan have underplayed their roles well. Rohit Suresh and Pearle Maaney too get their fair share of screen time and they have left no room for any complaints.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good and stands out in a few particular scenes. Pritam’s music compliments the film well. All songs are good but there wasn’t any particular need for so many songs in the film. Dialogues are good and quirky at times. Some of the locations in the film are fresh. Editing is okay.

Analysis: Anurag Basu is known for his own style and he always comes up with slightly weird and quirky characters and plots. He does the same in this film too and his mark is evident throughout the film. The film is a comedy-drama. The drama is quite engaging but it’s the comedy portions which are not thoroughly entertaining. Some moments are quite fun while some don’t click well. Another problem for the film is it’s long runtime. The movie is 150 minutes long which is not what a movie of this genre can adapt to. The first half doesn’t feel slow or dull anywhere. The second half has some testing and dragged portions. The climax is good and the film ends on a good note.

On a whole: Ludo is an Anurag Basu mark comedy-drama made watchable by some fun moments and the star cast.

Rating: 2.75/5

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