Bad Luck Govind - 2009


Interesting ideas don't necessarily translate into interesting films. That's the problem with BAD LUCK GOVIND.

Govind, the protagonist, feels he's one unlucky guy. Things go wrong the moment he steps on the scene. The thought is quite fascinating, isn't it? But what eventually unfolds is highly amateurish. Writer-director Varun Khanna fails to come up with a screenplay that does justice to this unusual concept.

BAD LUCK GOVIND taxes the patience of the viewer, so much so that after a point you genuinely feel that the bad luck has rubbed on the viewer, who's subjected to a film like this. Oh, what a waste of an intriguing concept!

BAD LUCK GOVIND is the story of a down-on-his-luck young man Govind [Gaurav Kapur]. His luck is such that even cows stop producing milk when he walks by a tabela. Even fresh milk instantly curdles when poured into a cup of tea.

Govind flees Delhi and lands up in Mumbai. But Govind's kismat collides with six madcap underworld 'bhais' [Govind Namdev, Parmeet Sethi, Zakir Hussain, Vrajesh Hirjee, Lalit Mohan Tiwari and Ganesh Yadav] and a nurse [Hrishitaa Bhatt]. Eventually, Govind rediscovers the power of positive.

Any attention-grabbing thought needs to be well etched out and also needs to be executed with panache. BAD LUCK GOVIND disappoints in these two vital departments, writing and execution.

Talking of the screenplay, the one question that crosses your mind time and again is, why doesn't Govind flee the chawl when he realizes that he's surrounded by wrong people? What's keeping him there? Even otherwise, the gangsters are neither dangerous, nor comic. Seriously, all efforts to make you laugh are in vain!

Even Hrishitaa's track is half-baked. How does Govind Namdev know her father? That remains a mystery till the end.

Talking of performances, Gaurav Kapur is strictly okay, but why this need to flaunt his skinny body? Hrishitaa Bhatt does a fair job. Govind Namdev is getting typecast in similar roles. Parmeet Sethi is the best of the lot. Vrajesh Hirjee provides a few laughs. Zakir Hussain, Ganesh Yadav and Lalit Mohan Tiwari are wasted. Amit Mistry is alright. Archana Puransingh is hardly there.

On the whole, BAD LUCK GOVIND is a good idea gone terribly wrong. At the box-office, it will run out of luck for sure.

Cast & Crew

Varun Khanna
Tarun Arora, Varun Khanna, Himanshu Shah, Chirag Shah
Abu Malik
Madan Pal

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