Feature Name: Ludo
Directed By: Anurag Basu
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Roy Kapur, Rohit Suresh Saraf, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Pearle Maaney and Inayat Verma.
RunTime: 150 minutes
Ludo is a dark comedy crime film that narrated the story of a local don of the area, Sattu (played by Pankaj Tripathi), celebrates a not-so-clean kill by singing along to Bhagwan Dada’s song, O Beta Ji.
From perhaps the biggest hit of his career, Albela. The actor, whose dance steps reportedly inspired Amitabh Bachchan early in his career.
Found immense fame and wealth after the film – a 25-room sea-facing bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai, and a fleet of fancy cars.
And then, as it happens in life and tragedies, he lost it all. The man who lived so lavishly spent his last days in a dingy chawl, doing bit roles in films, forsaken by his famous friends.
The screenplay (Anurag Basu) gets scattered and meanders mid-way but if one can ride over those bumps (with a runtime of two and a half hours that may seem like a tad much).
The climax ties everything up rather neatly, with some quintessential badass quotient and surprises thrown in.
Watch this one for the noteworthy performances and its interesting mix of morally ambiguous characters.
Ultimately ‘Ludo’ tries to make a larger point about not judging anyone for the choices they make.
The ensemble cast deliver some credible performances – Pankaj Tripathi is reliably good and it’s obvious he enjoyed playing the badass criminal to the hilt.
Rajkummar Rao’s Mithun fan avatar is a hoot and he brings an endearing touch to it without getting hammy. Abhishek Bachchan makes an impact as Bittu.
Fatima Sana Shaikh as the part docile, part trigger happy Pinky, is a revelation. Sanya Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapoor hold their own well with some cutesy moments in their romance.
Rohit Saraf with minimal dialogues but an interesting track stands out. And Pearle Maney leaves quite an impression.