Certificate: U/A

Director: Raj Mehta

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh & Kiara Advani

Written by: Jyoti Kapoor, Rishabh Sharma & Raj Mehta

GOOD NEWWZ is the story of two couples trying to conceive a child with the help of IVF technology but get their sperms mixed up. Varun Batra (Akshay Kumar) is working at an automobile showroom in Mumbai. He is married to Deepti (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who is a journalist. It has been a long marriage between them but they haven’t had a kid yet. They, especially Deepti, constantly keep hearing from Varun’s close relatives about how she hasn’t been able to have a child in such a long time. Deepti, desperately wants a child and the couple have tried to have a baby several times. One day, at the suggestion of Varun’s sister (Anjana Sukhani), both decide to visit a fertility clinic run by a reputed doctor, Dr Joshi (Adil Hussain). He suggests to the couple that they try conceiving with the help of IVF and they both agree to it. Now this is where the goof up starts from. There’s another married couple, Honey Batra (Diljit Dosanjh) and Monika (Kiara Advani), from Chandigarh, who also visit Dr. Joshi. Since both the couples abbreviation is Mr. & Mrs. Batra, the lab mixes up their sperm. This fact comes to light 10-13 days after procedure is done. While Honey and his wife Monika decide to go ahead and have the baby but Varun insists on aborting it. Honey and Monika, hence decide to stay in Mumbai and closer to Varun and Deepti to prevent that from happening. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film starts off on a good note and doesn’t really lose its footing. The first half focuses more on the goof up and is more funny than the second half, but the second half also holds its own because it is quite emotional, apart from some jokes here and there. The dialogues have been written well and the film grips you and keeps you entertained. The film has a very interesting plot and what works for it is that it is also nicely written, and has the right mixture of comedy, romance, emotions and drama.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Vishnu Rao is good and he manages to capture the emotions well. Editing by Manish More is fine, it could have been more tight in a few places. The music of the film is great and it goes well with the overall narrative of the film as well. Chandigarh Mein and Sauda Khara Kara are the pick of the lot from the album. The production design and the costume design are both good and realistic. The film has been written well.

Performance wise, the film is great. Akshay Kumar plays his role with ease. He slips into the skin of his character comfortably. Kareena Kapoor Khan is superb and plays her role with utmost honesty. Diljeet Dosanjh as the loud Honey Batra is great and plays the role effortlessly. Kiara Advani is endearing and plays her role with utmost honesty and she is great as well. Adil Hussain is good. Tisca Chopra is fine. Anjana Sukhani does well. The rest of the cast offer good support.

Raj Mehta who makes his directorial debut with this film has put no foot wrong. He executes the story well and manages to get some good performances from his actors.

3.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a great start and given its great word of mouth it will find patrons in the family audiences. A sure-shot hit at for sure!

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