Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Manu Rishi Chaddha, Ashwini Kalsekar, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Sharad Kelkar and others.
Raghava Lawrence

My eyes! My eyes!!! What did I just see? How can people call a film an ode to someone, and make their very existence a joke? Let me take a breath here, and explain why I am so appalled…

Aasif (Akshay Kumar) is married to Rashmi (Kiara Advani). The Hindu-Muslim marriage (slow claps for making a statement there), has been difficult on Rashmi’s family but her mother wants to reconcile. She (Ayesha Raza Mishra) decides it is time to have her daughter home, despite her husband (Rajesh Sharma)’s sullen attitude towards the marriage. The new couple seems very gung-ho and not really too bothered about anything much other than their ‘love’. However, their visit to Rashmi’s grand family house turns out to haunt them (quite literally)!

It begins with Rashmi’s brother (Manu Rishi Chaddha) and his wife (Ashwini Kalsekar) suspecting a supernatural presence. But the rational (read mildly crude and absolutely insensitive) person that Aasif is, he completely scoffs them. Yet, it soon becomes obvious that whatever it is that the couple sensed, now resides within Aasif. He soon starts donning a sari, with a red-alert-bindi and walks with a swing in his gait. No one understands why, but Aasif is now seeking revenge… you need to figure out how he succeeds by seeing the movie. 

Laxmii is a film I had been waiting for with bated breath. Never have his fans seen Akshay Kumar in such an intense role. Unfortunately for us all, the intensity we felt in the trailers was a mere myth. The film never holds onto a thought for long. It doesn’t even hold onto logic. Now before you judge me for a prude, I have watched and enjoyed Golmaal Again a million times, so lack of logic has never really been a problem but Laxmii stretches the audience’s patience beyond permissible limits.

How could Raghava Lawrence, who has directed and starred in Kanchana, not take care of human sentiments the second time over? For someone who is a strong believer of good and saintliness, Raghava has spoofed perhaps everything pious! While it usually can be hilarious seeing some of the ritualistic ways in which we are blinded by religion, Lawrence has taken the fun out of it by being crude. There is no finesse in the script. This is no ode; this seems like a mockery. 

When actors such as Akshay Kumar give you a chance, the least that you can do is to make it worthwhile to their stardom. Yet, how did Kumar not see this film for what it really is, we wonder. Actors like Kiara Advani, Ayesha Raza and others only help in filling the frame, they make no difference to the script in any way. The film is neither a comedy, nor a horror – it is a sham. Coming from Akshay Kumar who has given us films like Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Laxmii feels like a betrayal. Save your two hours and see Bhool Bhulaiyaa over again.

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