I have to be honest. I haven’t LOL-ed so many times in any other recent film. And for once, the laughter is intended. Lootcase is a neatly written comedy about what happens to a middleclass man’s world-weary head when he suddenly finds a gigantic suitcase filled with banknotes. Does he… errr… surrender it to the police? Does he stash the money away from his wife’s prying eyes or does he spend the money on a new microwave and a Sunday outing at the waterpark with his son and wife? Lootcase is a fun take on avarice and nemesis, two words that I’m sure the film’s hero has no idea about.
As Nandan Kumar our Everyman with a windfall to reckon with, Kunal Khemu is a laugh riot. I have always felt the latter is a true inheritor of Farouq
Khemu gets exceptional backing from the supporting cast: the ever-dependable Rasika Duggal
So, go ahead Kapil Sawant and Rajesh Krishnan, take a bow while we laugh some more. Ranvir Shorey is the odd one out as a sullen cop turned rogue who doesn’t smile even once in this hilarious comedy. But my favourite character in this hoot of a comedy is the delightful Vijay Raaz as a fierce fan of the National Geographic channel who keeps urging his two favourite henchmen to subscribe to his favourite channel, for them to understand his animal metaphors.
Spoiler ahead: By the end of the film one of the henchmen does the needful. The devil in this wicked comedy undoubtedly lies in the casting. Every henchman, and henchman’s henchman will have you in splits. Even Nandan and his wife’s next door neighbour is a masterclass in comic timing when he comes to collect his keys. In these trying times of crisis and depression, Lootcase is the film that will chase your blues away… into the nearest currency-counting machine. Highly recommended.