Director: Raghava Lawrence
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Rajesh Sharma and Sharad Kelkar
Written by: Raghava Lawrence, Farhad Samji
Streaming On: Disney+ Hotstar
LAXMII is the official remake of a hit south film KANCHANA. Asif (Akshay Kumar) and Rashmi (Kiara Advani) have been married for three years. He loves her a lot and would do almost anything for her. Rashmi wants to make amends with her family on her parents’ 25th anniversary. Asif jumps at the idea and is ready to help her out, so he packs his bag and heads to Daman for the party, hoping he would succeed and he’ll be able to make a place in her family’s heart as well. Asif runs granite and marble business and is a senior member at the Jagoo Aavam committee who are fighting the superstitious beliefs surrounding ghosts and spirits. In Daman the neighbourhood kids refuse to play at the adjacent ground because an evil spirit dwells there, so Asif decides to do something about it and arranges a game there. But because of this, a witch residing in the place there, has been shaken awake and decided to follow the person who has disrupted her sleep to his home, and in time possesses him. What happens after that and is Asif able to succeed in his endeavor or not, forms the rest of the film.
The original film may have been a raging success down south, the Hindi remake has come as a bit of a letdown. The writing has been poor and that’s caused the biggest problem for the film. The film relies on humour a bit too much instead of the story and that is exactly what has gone against the film. The expectations were high for this one and unfortunately, the film is way off from it.
Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by Kush Chhabria & Vetri Palanisamy has been good. Editing by Rajesh Pandey is fine, although there was scope for improvement. Writing was the biggest flaw in the film. Their idea was good but the story has definitely not panned out as hoped and the film is evidence of that. The dialogues could have been better too. The music is good. Burj Khalifa and Bam Bhole are the pick of the lot, but the placement of the songs is questionable. The production design and the costume design was great.
Performances are what have kept the film afloat and made it bearable to watch. Akshay Kumar is the heart and soul of this film. He plays the role with such ease and he is a joy to watch on the screen. That’s a testament to his acting skills; no matter how difficult a role maybe, he has the talent to make any role seem like it has been tailor made for him. Kiara Advani does well, although even she gives an effortless performance, probably because her character didn’t require any effort to put in. Sharad Kelkar, since his entry has been fantastic. He comes close to Akshay in this film in terms of matching the performance. The rest of the cast offer able support.
Director Raghava Lawrence who also directed the original KANCHANA, would surely be disappointed with how this turned out and has been definitely let down by poor writing, something he could have done about before he took this one on floors.