Govinda Naam Mera movie review: quirky, wicked, dark and funny
What: Govinda Naam Mera – starring Vicky Kaushal exploits the funny entertainer side of Vicky Kaushal in this quirky, wicked, dark and funny joy ride directed by Shashank Khaitan.
Govinda Naam Mera movie synopsis
Wannabe choreographer Govinda Waghmare (Vicky Kaushal) a charming but for his wife Mrs. Waghmare (Bhumi Pednekar) good for nothing is looking for a big break. His girlfriend Suku (Kiara Advani) also a wannabe choreographer shares the same dream with Govinda. They do get a chance when politician cum gangster Ajit Dharkar (Sayaji Shinde) asks them to shoot a music video for his weird junkie son Sunny (Jeeva).
But destiny has another story to say, Govinda gets dragged into a mystery – he is accused of a murder.
What follows is a dose of chaos, confusion, laughter, and more.
Pati, patni aur woh. Kaun tha/thi? With lots of Haa haa, hee hee. Shashank Khaitan this time stirs the David Dhawan, Aneez Bazmee comedy malt with the ice and soda of Cohen bros (Lebowski, Burn after reading type) and American Hustle ke David O. Russell jaisa in a movie jaha nahi dekha hoga Vicky Kaushal aisa.
Written-directed by Shashank Khaitan who wipes out the misfire called Dhadak with this kadak entertainer.
Smartly arranged, the rollercoaster ride of genres – romance, comedy, dark humour, mystery, whodunit, slight de noir, all do the trick.
The situational gags, the wicked shenanigans are blended with emotion, thrills and suspense which are appealing to the core.
The moments between Vicky and Bhumi, Vicky and Kiara, Vicky and Sunny etc are the centre-point of this entertainer. The humour carroms between delightful funny to screwball and dark.
In addition, the music dance numbers – Bijli, Pappi Jhappi vibrant set pieces help significantly in creating the film’s pop culture vibe.
Undoubtedly, the warmth oozed by Vicky Kaushal is the film’s winning card; Vicky in his most commercial masala entertainer role is excellent. Great energy, spontaneity, dance moves, that emoting through eyes, effortless dialogue delivery and good use of body language. Govinda Naam Mera will see the actor Vicky Kaushal becoming an entertainer.
Bhumi Pednekar as Gauri Waghmare is sly and funny to the core.
Kiara Advani as Suku is fabulous, looks gorgeous and delivers a splendid performance.
Sayaji Shinde as Ajit Dharkar is wonderful.
Renuka Shahane as Asha Waghmare, Govinda's mother spins a surprise.
Dayanand Shetty as Inspector Javed has his moments.
Amey Wagh as Kaustubh Godbole, Govinda's friend is fantastic.
Viraj Ghelani as Baldev, Gauri's boyfriend is funny.
Jeeva (son of the dreaded villain of the retro era Ranjeet) in his debut as the weird social media obsessed junkie Sunny is a talent to look out for and is really good.
And last but not the least Ranbir Kapoor as himself in a cameo is a testimony that he will remain a charmer forever.
The paradigm shift of the nature of certain important characters should have come with some more explanation. Sequences are planted to make the narration easy. Cinematic liberties are at will. Is an A certified so caution should be taken while watching at home.
Govinda Naam Mera is an enjoyable, dark, quirky funny entertainer, an escapist delight. A sure shot ticket to buy this weekend. Streaming on Disney + Hotstar.