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Director: Rajesh Krishnan

Starring: Kunal Khemu, Rasika Dugal, Gajraj Rao, Vijay Raaz and Ranvir Shorey

Written by: Kapil Sawant & Rajesh Krishnan

Dialogue: Kapil Sawant

Streaming On: Disney+ Hotstar

LOOTCASE is the story of a man who becomes rich overnight. Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu) resides in a chawl in Mumbai with his wife Lata (Rasika Dugal) and son Aayush (Aryan Prajapati). He works at a printing press and barely manages to scrape a living. Meanwhile two rivals are loggerheads with each other. MLA Patil (Gajraj Rao) gets the goon of his rival gangster Bala Rathore (Vijay Raaz) killed. Bala upon finding out decides to take his revenge. He gets information that Patil is sending a sum of rupees 10 cr and a controversial file, which consists of details of his shady dealings, to his party head. Patil entrusts two of his men Omar (Sumit Nijhawan) and Abdul (Shashi Ranjan) for the job while Bala’s men Rajan (Nilesh Divekar) and Graduate (Aakash Dabade) intercept Patil’s men and a shootout begins among them. Bala’s men manage to get a hold of the bag but have to run away because the cops arrive earlier than anticipated. So they decide to hide the case near a public toilet, with the plan that they’ll come to fetch it an hour or so later. As luck would have it, Nandan uses the toilet moments after the suitcase has been stashed there and he chances upon the bag and takes it home. He then decides to stash the bag at his neighbour’s place who is out of town. He starts to spend the money slowly on himself and his family, careful as to avoid unnecessary attention. Meanwhile, Patil is distraught and enraged that he lost the money and has Inspector Kolte (Ranvir Shorey) to retrieve the bag for him, who realizes that retrieving the bag is impossible for him. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film has quirky characters and starts off on a promising note when each character has been introduced and why they are vital to the plot. But the film takes it’s sweet time to come to the conclusion and in doing so loses the steam and it is rounded off in a very predictable manner. The thrill fizzes out by the end even though all the actors in it are having a blast, performance wise.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Sanu John Varughese is appropriate. Editing by Anand Subaya is fine and he doesn’t put a foot wrong as such. Music is a huge hindrance in the film. It further takes the pace off the story, although BGM works well.

Performances are the highlight of the film. That’s mainly so because the actors are visibly enjoying the performance and it makes you enjoy even more so. Kunal Khemu is superb and he gets his comic timing spot on. Rasika Duggal as the house wife plays her role with ease and offers great support. Gajraj Rao is dependable as ever. Vijay Raaz is in his element and tickles your funny bone every time he is on the screen, as one would expect. Ranvir Shorey is brilliant and his scenes are some of the highlights of the film. The rest of the cast offer good support.

On the whole LOOTCASE is super fun. The director has made some really awesome characters and it’s a big winner for the film.

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