If Mahesh Bhatt brought Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi as the first film to be released on TV, we now have Pushpendra Nath Misra taking us to arguably a direct to OTT film designed for the theatre on the newfound platform. The innovation is strictly on the commerce not in the content of the art.
The prospect of telling a story of the police chasing an aspirant filmmaker who is on the run from his rural background with dreams of making it big in Bollywood is full of promise. The filmmaker, however, blunders and is a living example of a blundering writer who wants to make it big in cinema. A good comedy does not require a great story but must have a fine script. This does not.
Ghoomketu lives with Dad Dadda (Rajpal Yadav), Bua Santhu (Ila Arun), local politician uncle Guddan Chacha (Swanand Kirkire). Ghoomketu dreams of becoming a film writer and lands up in Mumbai with dreams and nothing more. Political pressure in Mumbai sees a corrupt police Inspector Badlani (Anuraag Kashyap) made in charge of the task of searching for Ghoomketu.
Even as Ghoomketu is a tenant in the Inspector’s house he cannot put the pics together.
The insipid script deals with the tribulations of the dreaming writer (no, this is not Pyasa), who has his heart in the right place. The central character is not just naïve but woefully out of sync with the present times.
There have been a number of films in recent times that have dealt with guys from the towns and how they are in chase of their dreams. Like Bareilly Ki Barfi, and Sui Dhaga. They immediately touch a chord. This does not.
What the filmmaker surely extracts is the value from the performers. You can be sure that when Nawazuddin is in a film you are assured of at least a decent performance. That is guaranteed and hope not bellied. Only this is yet another occasion when the script lets him down completely like with Freaky Ali.
Anurag Kashyap is reduced to a caricature and simply has nothing to do. That he does. Rajpal Yadav is over the top. That, obviously, is by design. As the temperamental Dad who has mood swings, he is as ever accurate. The surprise pack in the film is Ila Arun as the Bua. She is the live spirit in the film. Big B fans may like to watch the film for his cameo which is well-placed.
The style is committed to the tale. There lies the catch. In attempting to tell the story of a guy who dreams unsuccessfully to write the right story but leaves behind a moment, the filmmaker too ends up doing just that.
Watch Ghoomketu only because it is the only film now available as a new product for viewing. Watch it also for Nawazuddin and a fine performance form Ila Arun. More than a passionate film, this looks like a project work submitted at FTII.
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