Feature Name: Laxmmi
Directed By: Raghava Lawrence
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Sharad Kelkar, Rajesh Sharma, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Manu Rishi Chadha
OTT Release: Disney+Hotstar
Run Time: 2hr 21min
Laxmmi is the remake of the Tamil Film Kanchana 2011. It is a story of a transgender character, played brilliantly by Sharad Kelkar.
The story has the thrilling narrative as Sharad aka Laxmmi is wrongly killed by some people. It is towards the climax of an otherwise absurdly written script.
The story starts as Akshay Kumar (Asif) and Kiara Advani (Rashmi) are married for three years. Their nephew whose parents get killed in an accident stays with them.
The daughter family is upset with her. She bags the first opportunity of meeting them when called by mommy (Ayesha Raza Mishra). And thereafter, hell is let loose (literally).
The message that the makers of Laxmii intended to give is clear—acceptance and love for transgenders. And that if given equal opportunities, they too can make the country proud.
The director has beautifully touched the concept and creative thinking but the comedy is slapstick with no push in comic punches.
Songs like Burj Khalifa and Bam Bholle are the only takeaways. A rock-solid supporting cast with actors like Ashwini Kalsekar, Rajesh Sharma, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Manu Rishi Chadha and Jab We Met’s Anshuman aka Tarun Arora on board, the audience expected a better watch.
The background score of the film is worth a mention as it creates an aura of humour as well as horror, as per the script’s demand. The VFX team has done a satisfactory job. The costume designers and the makeup artists deserve a mention, especially in the scenes where Asif transforms into Laxmi.
Talking about the performances, Akshay Kumar as Asif is impressive and has aced the Laxmii act too, but Sharad Kelkar is the surprise package. He plays the transgender character of Laxmii, highlighting the plight of inequality.
Kiara Advani makes the most out of the role offered to her. She looks gorgeous, loves her husband, tries to reconcile with her father. However her part was small in the story line it could have been much better.
Manu Rishi Chadha as Deepak, Ashwini Kalsekar as his wife, and Ayesha Raza Mishra as Rashmi’s mother add the much-needed humour to the script with their performances. Their acting might feel like it went overboard at times, but it is permissible in the genre.
Rajesh Sharma plays the perfect on-screen father to Kiara Advani and slips into the skin of his character effortlessly.
We with all out heart give Laxmmi 3 stars. You can watch this film over this weekend.