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Producer- Fox Star Studios and Soda Films

Director- Rajesh Krishnan

Star Cast- Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Duggal, Vijay raaz, Ranvir Shorey, Gajraj Rao

Genre- Thriller

Rating- **1/2

Black Quirky Comedy

Jyothi Venkatesh

Nandan Kumar (Kunal Kemmu) is a printing press staffer whose life takes an unexpected turn when he chances upon a red briefcase filled with cash bang in front of a shady and stinking public toilet on a dingy street, when he returns home from his office in the wee hours of the morning.  Nandan, whose middle class wife Lata (Rasika Duggal) constantly nags him and has scant respect for her husband because he does not satisfy her needs, decides to take it home.

There is a mad chase for the loot by the cops as well as members of the rival gangs and Nandan does not know what is in store for him and whether it will be the end of his woes or the beginning of new sorrows? Nandan does not know that the money has been stolen from a top-notch Minister Patil (Gajraj Rao) who is getting it hand delivered to another top-notch politician’s wife through his gang of goons

The cat-and-mouse chase and the sudden wealth in the hands of the unprivileged reminds one instantly of erstwhile films like Hera Pheri, Malamaal Weekly, Delhi Belly , Khosla Ka Ghosla etc. Kunal Kemmu scores with his poker face as the middle class printing press staffer and here is one actor who has not been given his rightful dues by Bollywood filmmakers till date to the fullest and surely tops the list of underrated actors.

The film is interesting in parts but you get a feeling as if you have seen this kind of a genre of film has been thrust on you earlier many times and hence does not have any semblance of reality, especially since they do not make films of this kind any more, though the saving grace is the impeccable performances of almost all the actors and the way Ninad Kamat keeps you engrossed with the way he unfurls the plot with his narration.

Yet another actress who has till date been seen only in the fringes in commercial films is Rasika Duggal who simply excels in the role of Nandan Kumar’s  wife  Lata is as natural as your next door neighbor, and seamlessly fits into the script and fits her part to the T.Vijay Raaz who plays Bala, a local goon with a fascination for wildlife and rules of the jungle and advocates everyone to subscribe to the National Geographic channel is simply superb though it is a role in which we have seen him many earlier films. While Ranvir Shorey as a tough trigger happy Kolte and corrupt cop is funny and ruthless, Gajraj Rao plays a politician with an uncanny and ingenious way of manipulating people into doing his work.

On the flipside, director Rajesh Krishnann makes a promising debut but is handicapped by the script as it has predictable loopholes and also the editing is clumsy and the film, to keep its tempo, needs slicker editing as it has a running time of almost 133 minutes, and with the kind of a pace that it has, it starts making you wonder when it is going to have its predictable ending and it is quite some time before we get to the climax. Nevertheless, Lootcase,  which is being streamed on Disney Plus Hotstar from Friday is a black quirky comedy.

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