Streaming now on Hotstar
The trailer of Lootcase was first released in late 2019 and its cast of colorful characters portrayed by some of Bollywood’s best actors caught everyone’s attention. While the movie was postponed and later rumored to have an OTT release, it was only during the lockdown that Fox Star announced that the comedy will be releasing on an online streaming platform. From the trailer itself, we get a gist of the story – common man Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu) finds a suitcase full of cash that turns his luck. The suitcase itself belongs to MLA Patil (Gajraj Rao), who was sending it to another powerful politician at the hands of his henchman, a local gangster named Omar (Sumit Nijhawan). Omar’s men were apprehended by the henchmen of Omar’s rival Bala Rathod (Vijay Raaz) and in the commotion, the bag is lost to later be found by Nandan. Nandu does not disclose his secret to anyone, not even his wife Lata (Rasika Dugal) who usually remarks on the shortage of cash at home. While Nandu is celebrating his luck, Inspector Kolte (Ranvir Shorey), on the orders of MLA Patil, is on the hunt for the suitcase.
The actors are the highlight of the film
With a simple and predictable plot that’s mostly revealed in the trailer itself, Lootcase relies on its cast to carry the rest of the story. While Kunal Kemmu helms his comedic ensemble, it is the shared effort of all the major actors that makes this comedy a delightful watch. Kemmu is perfect as the common man who dreams of being rich while Rasika Dugal is remarkable as his partner. She plays the typical Indian housewife and shines in every scene they have together. Gajraj Rao can slip into his character with ease and his sarcastic punches add a layer of wit to his character. Even Ranvir Shorey fits into the tough cop avatar well – both smart and aggressive at the same time. However, if we have to pick a favorite of the lot, it has got to be Vijay Raaz who with his calm demeanor and Nat Geo trivia brings about some genuine laughter. Even the young Aryan Prajapati who plays Nandan and Lata’s son shines in his brief role.
More money, more problems!
As predicted, through the course of the movie, we come to realize that finding the suitcase may not have been the best-case scenario when it comes to Nandan. His simple yet content life is suddenly turned upside down as he must keep secrets from the righteous Lata and make sure no one catches him. From MLA Patil to Bala Rathod to Inspector Kolte, everyone is in search of the suitcase for different reasons, which ultimately ends badly for all.
WATCH OR NOT:
Lootcase makes for a fun one-time watch and is the perfect movie to catch with family. The film promises plenty of laughter and delivers in that regard. There are very few songs in the movie, which is a bonus as you only want to know what lies ahead for Nandan. It is definitely the movie to catch if you are on the search for something lighthearted with good performances.
Director: Mr. Rajesh Krishnan
Writer: Sanu Varghese
Cast: Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal, Vijay Raaz, Ranvir Shorey, Gajraj Rao, Sumit Nijhawan, Aryan Prajapati
Streaming on: Hotstar