Ghoomketu Movie Review: The Film Mocks Our Quarantined Plight
Ghoomketu, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Ila Arun, is not as funny as it thinks it is
- Movie Name Ghoomketu
- Director Pushpendra Nath Misra
- Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ila Arun
Let’s get one thing straight. This is not a film. It’s a series of gags strung together like a feature film when it actually seems designed as a Doordarshan serial. There is an aspiring screenwriter from Uttar Pradesh played by Nawazuddin, who encouraged by his belching Bua (Ira Arun) runs away to Mumbai to try his luck.
The rest of the film reads like the Adventures of Bhoomketu in Blunderland, none of them exciting funny or revelatory. There is nothing this product of callow comicality tells me about what it takes to be a struggler in Bollywood. Way back in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Guddi we had seen Asrani slumming it out in Bollywood his eyes expressing despair that no words can.
Nawazuddin’s Ghoomketu remains a happy soul through all the hurt and humiliation. There is a studio assistant who makes steeply sarcastic about every story idea that Ghoomketu comes up with. When Nawaz suggests DDLJ with Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, the two stars actually show up on screen to enact the ‘Ja Simran Ja’ train sequence for Ghoomketu’s screenplay.
Bringing in the stars is really a self-defeating exercise in a film about a struggler dreaming to make it big.
Writer-director Pushpendra Nath Misra keeps interrupting his own narrative to show Ghoomketu’s father Raghubir Yadav and bua Ila Arun screaming their lungs out in what seems to be a mudslinging match where the mud splatters and sticks to the plot.
At one point Ms Arun’s character is heard mumbling a prayer for her darling Ghoomketu, “May his screenplay become more successful than Bhansali’s Ram Leela.”
Wishful thinking at its whishywashyiest.
Ila Arun’s character posses a special skill. She can belch a roomful of people out of the door. Nawazuddin’s special skill as Ghoomketu is to weave pale vapid Bollywood dreams on a canvas that’s sterile and flavourless. This is a film that thinks it’s enormously humorous.
“Pataa nahin woh kahan aidiyan (heel) ghis raha hoga,” someone sighs over Siddiqui’s destiny. And in the next shot, we see the actor scrubbing his heels in the bathroom. Enjoy the sight. You’ll probably never see Nawaz brought to heel in quite the same away again. Ghoomketu is one more entrant into the growing bulk of ridiculously terrible content being poured on the OTT platform. Do us a favour. Leave us to our quarantined destiny. Don’t mock our plight with muck.