‘Good Newwz’ Movie Review: Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani shine bright in this Akshay Kumar emotional comedy-drama
Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Shashank Khaitan
Bollywood Bubble Rating
About The Film
‘Good Newwz’ is about two couples, Akshay Kumar-Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh-Kiara Advani, with the same surnames, who pursue in-vitro fertilization and wait for their upcoming babies. Trouble ensues when they find that the sperms of each couple have been exchanged with each other. The film follows the two couples on how their lives get intertwined after the sperm mix-up at the IVF centre. Will either one keep the other child as his/her own? Will they claim rights to their biological child ever? Will they manage to ever stand each other and live happily ever after? Will they be able to love the other’s child like his/her own? Well, for all these answers, you will have to watch the film.
The star of the film is indeed the story written by Jyoti Kapoor. The film’s concept and the plot are so relatable yet never tried before and that’s what makes it a gem of a piece.
The writing of the movie by Jyoti Kapoor, Raj Mehta and Rishabh Sharma is also stellar. The way the three have intertwined the sequences and have come up with hilarious punches and awesome one-liners is something that you will be left in awe of while watching the film.
Then comes the direction by Raj Mehta and the screenplay by Rishabh Sharma and Jyoti Kapoor. They have made sure that the audience is hooked on till the end. They even have made sure that the moviegoer is doled out a product that doesn’t lag too much and will make you want to come back again to watch it.
Now that we’re done with the behind-the-screen work, let’s talk about the acting, and the performances in chronological order.
Diljit Dosanjh is flawless and effortless. He is truly the star of the film. His life-life characterization is something that makes his role so relatable. With every frame, Diljit not only steals the screens with his cuteness, but his antics are equally loveable and that’s what makes him such a natural at this.
Kareena Kapoor is the next best performance of the film. As a working woman trying to have a Baby, she nails the performance to the T. The way she enacts and emotes during the pregnancy period makes it evident that she has taken a page from her life and then put her heart and soul into it. She has derived inspiration from the time she was pregnant with Taimur and brought it forth onscreen with effortless panache.
Kiara Advani, as the desi Punjabi girl who’s trying to have a baby since the past 6 years, is commendable. She comes up with a character which so so so very different from her in real life and yet she manages to give you a performance you will end up remembering, despite the fact that she had the least of the screen space among the four.
You know how good the story of the film would be when you have to mention Akshay Kumar’s acting at the last after his other co-actors. Akshay seems to be having a ball in the movie. After giving out a ‘Housefull 4′ is back to doing content-driven films, which indeed need the backing of a star like him and some amazing writing. Akshay may be slightly hamming in a few of the comedy scenes, but he aptly makes up for it with the emotional scenes. Him crying is sure to get you moist-eyed, and that’s more than enough in such an emotional comedy-drama.
A special shout out to Adil Hussain and Tisca Chopra, both of whom are hilarious in the minimal screen time they have got.
The stereotyping is something that’s evident in each and every frame of the movie. While we can understand that you need to establish character by getting the actors to dress in a certain way and talk in a certain way, but it’s not needed to be in your face throughout. That’s the problem with ‘Good Newwz’. Diljit and Kiara, despite their fine acting, are considered funny and hilarious only because they carry out a blingy appearance in all the scenes. Akshay and Kareena, on the other hand, are considered classy just because of their outlook.
At times, these stereotyping of characters and situations go to such an extent that you feel like you are being spoonfed the plots and subplots just to elicit a laugh from you.
The climax of the movie is also not satisfying. (SPOILERS AHEAD) You want to see a bit more of drama when Kareena goes into labour, just like it happened when Kiara went into labour. You keep waiting and waiting for some high-end drama sequence but sadly, it never comes.
The editing of the film by Manish More could have been a bit crisper. That would have reduced the film by at least 10 minutes more.
The songs are nothing to feel proud of. Except the Sukhbir sung ‘Sauda Khara Khara’ none of the tracks are worth remembering till December 2020. That song too is a remake of Sukhbir’s popular old single, and therefore the fan following behind it. Rest all the songs are totally forgetful.
Evaluating the good and bad of the film, I must say this is a MUST WATCH to end the decade on a high note. Not just in this year, but even throughout the whole decade, you have seen much much better films, but ‘Good Newwz’ isn’t a harm to watch at least 2-3 times. I am going with three and a half stars for the film.
Considering it is releasing during the extended Christmas and New Year Holiday season, the film is sure to get tremendous footfalls. The trailer has been really well received and audiences want to watch this comedy-drama. To add to this, Salman Khan‘s last week’s release ‘Dabangg 3’ hasn’t been able to get the cash registers ringing in a huge way and therefore, fans are waiting to watch something great over this holiday season, and ‘Good Newwz’ might just be the answer to their prayers.