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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ludo Movie Review: This anthology thriller is one that shapes up beautifully much like the game

Ludo features an ensemble cast of actors that have done a little too well already. An anthology, as it is, it only calls for different stories running all at once, and every single one manages to keep you hooked. However, they also leave us questioning to know more before moving onto the next. While one might feel a little lost time and again, it all makes sense in the end. And well, isn’t that the point of a thriller? By the end of this Ludo movie review, you’ll know just how much the movie brings together and beautifully so!

For starters, there are multiple stories running all at once. One is that of Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanya Malhotra aka Akash and Ahana, cute story but with some complications. On the other, we have Abhishek Bachchan’s Bittu, who was in jail for six years. However, he discovers that his family has moved on, and that leads on to a journey of his own. Rajkummar Rao and Fatima Sana Shaikh play estranged lovers as Alu and Pinky. However, it isn’t love that brings them together after all. Finally, there is Rohit Saraf and Pearle Maney as Rahul and Sheeja. Theirs is a simple life story, until that one pathbreaking point. And then, there is the place where it all starts – Pankaj Tripathi’s Sattu Bhaiya and a murder!

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First things first, the performances have been top-notch and every single actor deserves a mention. What is interesting is just how they are all so variedly written, thereby bringing a sense of balance. Rajkummar, Bachchan, and Tripathi clearly outshine their roles, but others do justice to what they have been given. Aditya is yet another highlight for as long as he is on the screen, but his role is one that is meaty and not powerful. The ladies do a fair job and also add the much-needed touch of feminity. Rohit, though doesn’t have a lot to do, makes up for his screen-time just fine. Pearle’s character seems well-suited for her as she makes a mark just fine!

For an anthology like this, an Anurag Basu film is incomplete without his classic elements, and that, he keeps up. While we also see him don the hat of a narrator, we know just how important that bit was for what comes ahead. While there’s a lot of good things to say in this Ludo movie review, and it is much deserved, loose ends are a problem in the beginning. None the less, we get a conclusive climax when all their stories intertwine, and that’s the real deal.

Ludo is sure a game that one wants to look out for, each with its own kind of touch to add! While the cast does a great job, Basu is also an absolute hit with us! Ludo is currently streaming on Netflix!

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