It’s easy to compare life to absolutely anything, particularly with regard to sport. So, Ludo is recreation that is honest.
It might not throw curve balls at you but all right, it’s deadly dicey. Largely pushed by chance, it mirrors the vagaries of human life in its sheer bizarre randomness. Anurag Basu‘s Ludo, an authentic Netflix movie, takes the analogy all the way down to the stretch of the building. A bit past, to provide you with a screwball action comedy that is as delightfully peppy as it is pulpy without pity.
In addition to participating in a key on-screen role as a sutradhar of kinds. Basu, the film’s cinematographer and manufacturing designer. He injects into his Ludo a picaresque, fable-like high quality and a whole lot of wacky humor. A silly tackle of love, loss and letting go that shows the complexities of the future inside the wildly fluctuating lives of the characters who number 4.
A guy stumbles across an old sex clip that could threaten the much-awaited destination wedding of his ex-girlfriend. After a six-year sentence, a convict emerges from prison to discover that his wife and daughter are not his anymore. Another man, an owner of the little-time crook-turned-dhaba. He pines for the now-married woman whom he has loved since he can remember. And as he makes off with an unclaimed suitcase and a Malayali nurse, a small-town boy courts trouble.
The Characters And Their Journey
The initial emphasis is on the four men who don’t have anything to do with each other.
Their paths lead willy-nilly to a gangster who, from a sprawling riverside den hidden in plain sight, rules the area. He kills a contractor, his wife and his lover. Then causing a chain of events that is not controlled by the cocky guy himself. The majority don’t have an idea. The whirlpool actually draws them in.
Every one of them has a strong-willed woman to deal with, including the invincible mafia don. A character straight out of a comic book given the way he survives death-defying falls and leaps. It makes the rigmarole infinitely dizzier and that much more enjoyable.
Ludo takes a while to warm up as the pieces are put in front of us. First one after another and then in a puzzling criss-crossing heap, like any game that is worth its salt. Before you can really start to wrap your mind around what exactly is going on an overload of information needs to be processed. But with its unpredictability, isn’t that how life is?
Concept Of Sin And Virtue Captured Beautifully
The script of Basu captures the imponderables of paap and punya (sin and virtue) concepts and desire and destiny for perfection. Using delightfully divergent forms to capture the tortuous essence of love and its numerous complications.
There is no stopping it once the film reaches its straps before it romps home. The characters are sent through unspecified areas on a wild goose chase to look for something that their hearts hope for. But their minds do not completely comprehend. Consider the smiling assassin. Satyendra Tripathi, alias Sattu Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi), who without sacrificing his ability to look at the lighter side of life, takes the barely smooth with the horribly rough.
A Song Composed Almost Seven Decades Ago!
Ludo uses a song from a Hindi film composed by C Ramchandra. It was composed almost seven decades ago, Ramchandra-“O betaji, kismat ki hawa kabhi naram kabhi garam” (Albela, 1951). It as a musical refrain has Bhagwan Dada wearing a toque blanche and dishing out pop philosophy. The betajis and babujis to which the song refers are Ludo’s trouble-prone quintet whose dice throws seldom offer the numbers they need to stay the course. The women in their lives are much more clear-headed, including the little Mini. It’s no big deal that they receive no mention in the song pulled out from the womb of time. The advice is that they are able to form their own destinies.
The Cast Do Justice To The Characters
The performances remain true to the spirit of the movie, with Pankaj Tripathi and Rajkummar Rao pulling their weight without faltering. Abhishek Bachchan doing a fine job of fleshing out a brooding misfit in search of redemption in the midst of the chaos. As the unassuming, always-at-sea Rahul, and Aditya Roy Kapur as the voice artist who always wants more than his art to bail him out of trouble. Rohit Saraf keeps pace with the game’s rhythm.
In the sector, the girls – Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Pearle Maaney, Shalini Vatsa (as the head nurse who establishes a bond with Sattu Bhaiya). The young Inayat Verma, all of whom are constantly in their elements – add scope, depth and colour.
The line cannot be more true.
“Kuch rishton mein logic nahi hota, sirf magic hota hai.“