Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani
Director: Raj Mehta
What’s it about:
An urban couple desperate for a child goes to an IVF clinic where a major goof-up by the hospital staff leads to chaos, confusion, and comedy.
Good Newzz opens with a scene that seems straight out of FRIENDS where Monica is mad at Chandler for smoking and she is ovulating. They are desperately trying to make a baby, which is precisely the plot of Good Newwz and as we go along, we see the director and co-writer Raj Mehta borrowing heavily and generously from the FRIENDS sub-plots.
This is one of the reasons why the film remains light-hearted and comical despite dealing with a sensitive subject like miscarriages and couples who cannot conceive naturally. The film’s tone is so decidedly urbane and cool that it instantly connects with today’s audience and the dialogues are just as casual and witty. All the four leads are in good form including the leading man Akshay Kumar, who thankfully, exercises a good amount of restraint this time. Diljit Dosanjh, on the other hand, starts off with a loud bang but soon you get used to his character and eventually he grows on you. Kiara Advani is decent in her portrayal of a flashy Punjabi girl from Chandigarh but tries hard to make it loud, despite her real self.
However, it’s Kareena Kapoor who walks away with a winning performance and her drop-dead gorgeous looks. The lady is a lesson in fashion and style. She breathes life into her character with the right dose of every emotion and layers of vulnerability and strength.
The film’s pacing is fast and the first half is especially a hoot with wisecracks and a lot of casual, relatable fun. The second half takes a slightly more serious and sensitive tone but the overall tone remains light and breezy.
Even with a few minor hiccups, Good Newwz ‘delivers’ a healthy dose of fun, frolic, and laughter with a few tear-jerking moments