Govinda Naam Mera REVIEW: Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani deliver seeti maar performances in this slow-paced murder mystery

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Film: Govinda Naam Mera

Director: Shashank Khaitan

Star cast: Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3 stars

Govinda Naam Mera Movie Review 

A murder mystery with a stellar cast including Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, and Kiara Advani; what’s not to like in Shashank Khaitan’s Govinda Naam Mera? But, the seeti maar performances of the ensemble cast fail to salvage this not so entertaining entertainer. Despite the drawbacks, Govinda Naam Mera, directed by Shashank Khaitan has its thrills, mystery with a bout of humour, and noteworthy performances. And, last but not the least, its Epic CLIMAX!

 

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The trailer of Govinda Naam Mera was full-on Entertainment and promised just that for the movie. However, the movie does not live up to the expectations, in regards to the trailer. At least for starters. Eventually, the unexpected climax leaves you satisfied for having given your 2 hours and 11 minutes to watch Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani in their full element.

While the rushes from the movie leave you amped up, this Shashank Khaitan is a bit slow paced. The murder mystery is missing the mystery element. Worry not! Because, it’s only up until the end of the first half. The plot of Govinda Naam does get interesting. All it requires for Gauri to die. The film catches up pace when Govinda (Vicky Kaushal) and Suku (Kiara Advani) discover Gauri’s (Bhumi Pednekar) dead body, in the house stuck in property dispute.

Then as the mystery unfolds, the viewer is left with a plethora of questions. Has Govinda killed Gauri? Is Suku the culprit behind Govinda’s problems? Or, who is Gauri’s killer? Up until the end, it all things questions about Gauri’s murderer!

Story

Govinda, (Vicky Kaushal) a struggling choreographer is stuck between his hotty wife, Gauri (Bhumi Pednekar) and naughty girlfriend, Suku (Kiara Advani), not just in terms of love, but also on various other aspects. While Govinda struggles with his career, his personal problems seem to not come to an end as well. Especially, when Govinda’s step brother files a case against his mother and him, seeking the only bungalow left to him by his late father. And, just to add to Govinda’s problems, his wife Gauri suddenly dies one fine night. The murder mystery unfolds in a series of events that includes everything from the court, police station, drugs and more.

Performances

After the hard-hitting performances by Vicky Kaushal in Sardar Udham, Raazi, and many more, he brings you a whole new and different perspective towards him as Govinda Waghmare. Especially, one as an entertainer. In terms of his performance, Vicky gives you another side of him as an actor as he lives up to the character of Govinda. Vicky Kaushal as Govinda is a thorough entertainment package but the film is not only saved by his stellar performance.

 

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Kiara Advani aka Suku, Govinda’s naughty girlfriend is too good to be true. The actress perfectly fits into her character and makes Suku believable. Kiara makes most of her role as Suku, with not an overdo of mirch masala in terms of the drama required. Advani shines throughout the film in her sufficient screen time.

 

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For me, I felt Bhumi Pednekar and her interesting role as Gauri was only as much as we get to watch in the trailer. The actress has a limited screen time. And, believe me, I would want to see more of Bhumi as Gauri. The lack of the spiciness that Bhumi’s character brought was just like khichdi for a patient. IYKYK!

 

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Renuka Shahane as Asha Waghmare, Govinda’s mothe, Dayanand Shetty aka Daya of CID as Inspector Javed, Amey Wagh, Viral Ghelani, Sayaji Shinde add the intensity to the murder mystery with their characters and performances.

Music 

Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani set the screen on fire with their sizzling chemistry in the songs, Bijlee, Kya Baat Hai 2.0 and more. They are a treat to watch with their fabulous dancing skills. Ranbir Kapoor, the surprise element in the film’s song lightens up your mood. Govinda Naam Mera’s music composed by Meet Bros, Tanishk Bagchi, B Praak, Sachin–Jigar and Rochak Kohli, give the movie a good base.

Conclusion

This Shashank Khaitan directorial is a one-time watch. The ensemble cast and their performances make it bearable. But, a big chunk of the 2 hours 11 minutes run time kills you! The first half leaves you with a sinking feeling, just for an unexpected and mind-bloggling climax. By the end of the film, all you gotta do is brace yourselves as the plot thickens and the mystery unfolds! I had a smile on my face. To be honest, I was giggling. And, for what it’s all worth, isn’t that what we all want from the movies? A happy end!

Watch the Govinda Naam Mera trailer after the review below:

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