Akshay Kumar And Kareena Kapoor’s Good Newwz: Why It Is A Sex Comedy In The Truest Sense

Akshay Kumar And Kareena Kapoor’s Good Newwz: Why It Is A Sex Comedy In The Truest Sense

Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor’s December release carries good vibes
Akshay Kumar And Kareena Kapoor’s Good Newwz: Why It Is A Sex Comedy In The Truest Sense
A still from 'Good Newwz'

‘Sperm’ ceased  to be a dirty  word in Hindi cinema after  Vicky Donor. Now  in  Karan  Johar’s  full-on sex comedy Good Newwz  the word is given constant currency. Except that it’s pronounced  ‘spam’ by  both Akshay and  Diljit. I do  hope there is an inside  joke  about that mispronunciation.  This is film that misspells ‘News’ in its title , mispronounces  ‘sperm’ and misrepresents everything to  do with  In Vitro Fertilization(IVF)  for  the sake  of laughter.

Laughter, it gets  in abundance. The trailer proudly shows  off the comic timings  of  Akshay Kumar (his third release in 2019),  Kareena  Kapoor Khan (her first attempt at  a full-fledged  comedy), Kiara Advani (who looks a bit  like  gate-rasher  trying hard to join the party) and especially Diljit Dosanjh who is a hoot as  the wannabe  ‘cool’ dad. Whenever Dosanjh is  on the screen in  the trailer  the  narrative  crackles  with pleasure.

This  guy can take  a joke on himself. In comparison Akshay comes  across as  a bit jaded, and trying too hard to be funny.  Overwork, perhaps,

The script  seems  to be an open book in the trailer. Before  the trailer plays itself out we  know that  Diljit’s ‘spam’ has been inadvertently injected  into  Kareena’s  womb with hilarious consequences. The jokes are pointedly sexily risqué . In fact the trailer opens with the  doctor (Adil Hussain, trying hard  to keep  a straight face)  inquiring about Akshay and Kareena’ sex life.

Ha ha. Good Newwz  is  an interesting attempt to break the  glass ceiling that  divides  the sex  comedy and  the  mainstream comedy. What is wrong with  A-list actors talking about sex and sperms? Nothing, except that  Hindi cinema has been infuriatingly coy about matters below the waste. That’s about to change.

Akshay and  Kareena can do it too. And let’s not forget Karan Johar has gone through the whole IVF rigmarole. He can afford to  joke about it.

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