Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal, Vijay Raaz, Gajraj Rao, Ranvir Shorey, Aryan Prajapati
Streaming on: Disney + Hotstar
Lootcase is about Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu, an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. Try as he may, he cannot make the ends meet. He lives with his wife (Rasika Dugal) and son (Aryan Prajapati), in a middle class family where most of the arguments usually deal with money. His wife, Lata, feels he is not doing much to get more in terms of salary, and whatever little excess that comes by, he gives it to his elder sister (one we never see). His son, Aayush, doesn’t quite care about his father not having the means, he only wants one more school trip, one more toy and one more trip to the mall. Nandan usually loses these haranguing echoes behind with a pint of his favourite, cheap drink.
One fateful night, after a drink or two, Nandan chances upon a red case stashed with money. Swatting his little hesitation away, he brings the bag home hoping to end his miseries once and for all. With the money, he will be able to provide enough for his family and give them a better life. But he cannot tell his wife about the bag, because she tends to have a very strong views about right and wrong. So he finds a nice niche for his bag, and starts living his dreams.
What Nandan assumes will be the beginning of his happy-ever-after, turns out the beginning of the chase of his lifetime. The first in the chase is minister Patil (Gajraj Rao) whose bag it is in the first place. He appoints a cop (Ranvir Shorey) to get the bag by hook or by crook. But they are not the only ones seeking the bag. There is also Gangster Bala Rathod (Vijay Raaz) who has put his men to acquire the bag.
What happens and how is irrelevant when the journey itself is so exhilarating. Each and every actor, including the by-standers are pitch perfect in each frame. Kunal Kemmu has mastered the act of talking to himself and cracking up the audience in the bargain. The way he names the suitcase ‘Anand Petikar’ itself tells you, this man knows the tricks to tickle. His character, and Kemmu’s depiction of it, is so congruous that you forget all about Michael Rodrigues of Malang and Abdul Khan of Kalank. Clearly, Kunal Kemmu is one of the most underrated actors of our time.
Giving Kemmu company is Vijay Raaz. His need to find a quirk in his character, is accentuated here with Nat Geo. And leaves one memorable trail in the minds of the audience. But Raaz is not alone; Gajraj Rao, Ranvir Shorey, Rasika Dugal and even little Aryan Prajapati are excellent in their roles.
Casting directors, Anmol Ahuja and Abhishek Banerjee need to take a bow for collecting the best of the best in terms of cast and handing them over to Rajesh Krishnan for his laugh riot. They sure seem to have made his job easy.
Unfortunately, the last thirty minutes of the film don’t do justice to the first half. What starts off as a high to be dumped so unceremoniously, leaving an incomplete feel and a confused after taste is slightly disappointing. The music in the film by Rohan-Vinayak and Amar Mangrulkar is nothing out of the ordinary. Though cinematographer Sanu John Varghese does an excellent job, the writing slacks towards the end and completely loses grip by the completion of the film. A little more TLC and we could have had one more Andhadhun in our hands but sadly, Rajesh Krishnan’s Lootcase falls slightly short.