Ghoomketu: Film Review – A Quirky Drama With Endearing Performances

Fast-Paced, Filmy & Funny
50%Overall Score

Streaming now on Zee5

If you’re going to watch a movie starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, you probably expect lots of violence, gaalis, and a mind-blowing performance. But in his latest film, you can only get one out of the three. Ghoomketu, which recently released online after struggling to get distributors for a theatrical release for years, is a family-friendly comedy-drama with Nawaz in the lead. Here he plays an aspiring writer who escapes from his village in UP to go to Mumbai and fulfill his dreams. To bring him back, his family uses its political connections to put pressure on the police, which brings to the foray a lazy and corrupt officer played by director-turned-actor Anurag Kashyap. Both these men have been given a deadline of 30 days – Ghoomketu must prove his worth as a writer and the police officer must find him or risk getting posted to an undesirable location.

A hilarious story with well-written dialogues

The story of Ghoomketu has been written by Pushpendra Nath Misra, who is also the director of the movie. He creates a unique way to narrate the story, where the lead character breaks the fourth wall frequently and also gives us a glimpse into his inner thoughts that he puts into words. Misra’s penmanship is worthy of this story and the dialogues are a beautiful blend of filmy and poetic.

As Bollywood as it gets

Ghoomketu is the story of a Bollywood dream – a narrative that never fails to impress Indian audiences. It features cameos from mainstream actors like Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, and Amitabh Bachchan to name a few. We are also taken into the sets of various films, where we get behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into the making of a movie. Besides, Ghoomketu’s life story is as filmy and masaaledaar as the stories he writes.

Supporting characters for the win

While Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character is as endearing as they come, it’s Raghubir Yadav and Ila Arun whose performances stand out. Yadav plays the strict patriarch of the family to perfection and his frequent outbursts evoke many tears of laughter. Ila Arun as the supportive aunt is too cute and highly relatable. Anurag Kashyap is wasted in a small role and we would have loved to see his parts extended. Ragini Khanna serves little purpose and the fat-phobic comments on her character were completely avoidable.

Ghoomketu is one of those funny comedies you’d classify as a “one-time watch”. It follows a brilliant actor on a unique journey that has many elements to keep you entertained. It may not be one of Nawazuddin’s most memorable performances, but it certainly makes for a fun watch with the whole family.

Director: Pushpendra Nath Misra
Writer: Pushpendra Nath Misra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Raghubir Yadav, Ila Arun, Ragini Khanna
Streaming on: Zee5
Language: Hindi

Delnaz Divecha: Writer. Editor. Critic.