I agree that that the runtime could have been shortened, but that doesn’t make it any shorter than one of the most well managed Indian comedy content of recent times. In the era of comedies catering to sexual innuendos or undue character shaming instances, this is a well written structural comedy which won my heart with its narrative innocence. I agree that Rajesh Krishnan offered a better content in Tripling, but this is not bad either. A guy finds a deserted suitcase filled with ₹2000 notes and takes it home with him. But, that suitcase turns out to be the focal point of two groups of goons, one led by a local minister and the other by a mafia goon. A policeman enters into the mix, and things go haywire. There should be more comedy contents which are written like this. This year gave us the brilliant Panchayat, and I became hopeful again as far as Indian comedy narratives are concerned. 2019 was a bad year for comedies. The last good comedy (humour) content in the country, before 2020, was Badhaai Ho (2018).
Coming to the performances, Kunal Khemmu is another rare gem who is criminally underused. From the first frame onwards, he is right on point. His sense of timing reactions has been brilliant since Kalyug, and he has been a pary of few yet fantastic narratives like 99 and Go Goa Gone. We need to watch all his performances to give him a better mileage. Rasika Dugal doesn’t need an introduction as a performer. She is equally brilliant. Vijay Raaz as the goon who is a freakish follower of the National Geographic Channel is a treat to watch. He advises his apprentices to act like various animals while referring to them using their respective scientific names. That’s something new as far as comic writing is concerned, at its intelligent. Gajraj Rao turns out to be the icing on the cake. He is spectacular as the corrupt minister, whose sinister methods are shrouded with a superficial calm outlook. You need to watch him to understand how I feel about this particular performance. Ranvir Shorey and Aakash Dabhade require special mentions.
The film uses comedy to create some freakish sequences, which is dark, funny, chaotic and a treat to watch. The two killers who uses confusion as a tactic to lure their pray is a brilliant comic ploy. The red suitcase acts like the protagonist here, who changes the life of so many people, albeit unaware about its capabilities. Another comedy film had a similar impact on me when I watched it in theatres long back. That was Ghanchakkar featuring Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das. This film has a similar outlook, but outrageously original in its garb.
The songs are used very smartly. The edits, including the color grades, were impressive. The cinematography was commendable. This is a package full of quality entertainment. Watch it on Disney+ Hotstar Premium.