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A huge bungalow worth hundreds of crores in the heart of Mumbai. A few hopeful claimants. And a lot of fun. Wait, scratch the last piece. “Govinda Naam Mera” It’s meant to be an easy breezy lead, but the laughs remain highly incidental.

This packed ensemble looks like it’s made for fun and games, but left behind in a meandering storyline. Govind A Waghmare, Govinda (Vicky Kaushal) is a choreographer extraordinaire, shuttling between film sets where he dances behind the hero and maintains his wheelchair mood by using ‘aai’ (Renuka Shahane). That is, when he’s not yo-yo-ing between his domineering ‘bivy’ Gauri (Bhumi Pednekar), demanding girlfriend Suku (Kiara Advani) and his lawyer boyfriend (Amey Wagh).

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Govinda’s apartment is broke and in debt, and the only thing keeping him going is the potential sale of the golden goose. Crime Patrol fan Manju Bai (Tripti Khamkar) watches the proceedings suspiciously. Did I miss someone? Phew.

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Dog mother and son, the latter a dead ringer for Dhanush, vie for the grand prize. If it’s a property issue, can a nimble builder be far behind? And can the crooked cop (Dayanand Shetty) be kept away? If that’s not enough, a businessman (Sayyaji Shinde, who mostly wears a robe that reminds you of old-style villains) and his habituated tomboy (Jeeva), bring a bit of mischief-for-hire to the table. There is a crooked insurance guy (Viraj Geelani) who knows about lucrative policies. And then, dhan-tan-a-aan, there’s a corpse. Who is the killer? And who sticks everyone to that position?

This was supposed to be a riot. It feels like each of these characters should have had a moment or two that they could have. What’s the point of scam artists trying to pull a fast one on each other otherwise? But you struggle to remember one particular sequence in a two-hour long and some film that starts to feel longer than it should almost as soon as it starts. A character supposedly living with the debilitating effects of a stroke is made for laughs. No joke. Even the songs and dances featured on Kaushal and Advani’s dashing pairing are forgettable. So is the movie.

Govinda Naam Mera movie roles. Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani, Sayyaji Shinde, Renuka Shahane, Amy Wagh, Akshay Gunawat, Jeeva, Viraj Gelani, Dayanand Shetty, Tripti Khamkar
Govinda Naam Mera Film Director. Shashank Khaitan
Govinda Naam Mera movie rating. 1.5 stars

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