No matter how bad the script is, Akshay Kumar manages to entertain you if he’s cast in a movie. If we talk about horror, Akshay Kumar has been a riot in Bhool Bhulaiya and you’d expect something as magical as that in any other horror movie.
And if you’ve been waiting to watch Akshay Kumar’s newly released Laxmii for that Bhool Bhulaiya Nostalgic remembrance, hold that thought.
While I did think that Laxmii’s theme about the transgender community may be an eye-opener in some way, it’s probably a movie People should stay away from.
Released on November 9 on Hotstar Multiplex, Laxmii has been pinned down as a horror-comedy, but it’s none. If you’re looking to watch something of a similar genre, I’d say go watch Stree again.
Muni 2: Kanchana, the Tamil movie released in 2011 was something that did click back then and ended up becoming the most successful Tamil film in 2011. It worked because the vulnerabilities were normalized then.
On the other hand, Laxmii is mindless, not funny nor horrific in any way. The cast right from Kiara Advani, Ashwini Kalsekar, Ayesha Raza and a few more have been underutilized to the extent where they’ve been reduced to mindless idiots. Akshay Kumar’s statement “agar bhoot dikha to choodiyan pehen loonga”, is something that will cause a riot amongst feminists. Nothing seems to be working in the movie.
The failed attempt of trying to show the Hindu Muslim harmony and the woes of the transgender community is just not working out here. If the theme would have been utilized well, you could have seen a blockbuster here. By the end of it, you’ll beg the almighty to give you those 2 hours 21 minutes of your life back.
The execution, the storyline, the trying to highlight the theme in a way that the audience connects with it, all of that has disappeared in the mindless horror-comedy flick. Even Akshay Kumar, who usually is fantabulous, has not been able to save Laxmii from falling as hard as Sadak 2.
The only good thing about the movie is Sharad Kelkar who has held the fort and played the role of a transgender perfectly well. You’ll feel like applauding the guy for such amazing portrayal However, his role is of a mere 10-15 minutes, and that’s that.
Talking about rating this movie, I’ll give it 1 star out of 5, this one star is also for Sharad Kelkar and Akshay Kumar’s makeup.
Cast: Akshay Kumar as Asif Khan / Laxmii, Kiara Advani as Rashmi, Sharad Kelkar as Laxmii Sharma, Rajesh Sharma as Sachin, Ayesha Raza Mishra as Ratna, Manu Rishi Chadha as Deepak, Ashwini Kalsekar as Ashwini, Tarun Arora as MLA Girja, Aryan Preet as Young Laxmii Sharma