"A scene where Monika says “flesh” instead of “flush” and Varun laughs hysterically. I think that the scene was just there to show how the old Akshay use to be a major comedy artist back in the days when he wasn’t s concerned about nation-centric movies. You can sense the forcefulness of the scene to crack you and the sort of laugh riot Raj Mehta wants initiate just by taking some moments of the Akshay Kumar’s classic comedy movies. "
Good Newwz movie cast: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani, Adil Hussain, Tisca Chopra, Anjana Sukhani Good Newwz movie director: Raj Mehta
Good Newwz is humourous in the first half and certainly had the strength to be a ‘laugh riot’ but chooses to show the emotional side of the males on the screen and then it is just a classic Bollywood movie trying to hard to make you cry, opposite of the thing it did in the first half. It’s like the director is telling you to laugh while seeing a ‘circus’ but then it shows the sad truth behind happiness and then he wants you to cry for seeing the circus.
The film is all about two couples with the same surnames trying to conceive through the process of Invitro fertilization (IVF). The problem arises when both sets of sperms are put in the wrong ovaries as already shown in the trailer. The first half is humourous, I am glad to see Akshay taking off his patriotic mask for a while and concentrating on an ‘actual’ comical plot. The verbal fights between Akshay and Diljit were very good. Kareena has come to the screen after a long time but she still knows how to capture you with her grace and charm, she plays a very resembling character to her role in Ki & Ka and Kiara did the best she can with her very little screen time.
Akshay as Varun hates everything, he makes jokes to survive the presence of Honey and Monika, embarrasses everyone around him and takes way too much stress but even the stress looks justified after some time because of Deepti constantly talking about having a baby as if there is nothing left in their bond except having a baby. The movie lands all the punchlines neatly, the social message of childbirth being one of the happiest things in the lives of two married couples is clear but does the whole marriage depend only upon the birth of a child, is that the only thing people get married for?
A scene where Monika says “flesh” instead of “flush” and Varun laughs hysterically. I think that the scene was just there to show how the old Akshay use to be a major comedy artist back in the days when he wasn’t s concerned about nation-centric movies. You can sense the forcefulness of the scene to crack you and the sort of laugh riot Raj Mehta wants initiate just by taking some moments of the Akshay Kumar’s classic comedy movies. I laughed a lot at that scene too but now when I look back, I kinda realize that the joke was effective only because of Akshay’s laughing style.
Diljit as Honey plays a similar role as a Punjabi guy whose blood filled with comedy and rap music. Kiara as Monika was barely there for some scenes but still shines whenever she is there but if you look closely at the time and amount of work put on the characterization of Diljit -Kiara is a lot less compared to the characters of Kareena-Akshay. In the end as the traditional Bollywood film, they put a song in the credits scene and Karan acknowledges, saying “ oh my god this is original.” I think music directors now should take a hint and end all the 90’s remix once and for all. Adil Hussain and Tisca Chopra were great as the supporting cast, even Adil’s character as Dr. Joshi had more depth than Kiara’s character, Monika.
Overall, the film hit the chords of laughter right and it certainly is a crowd-pleaser but loses the grip when it came to show the emotional side of the film and some social messages it tries to tell were all okay but they become irrational when seen from an alternate perspective.
FINAL VERDICT - 3 / 5.
Just go for the entertaining first half and somehow bear the second-half.