Netflix Ludo Review: Director Anurag Basu waves his magic wand

Netflix Ludo Review: Director Anurag Basu waves his magic wand

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. and one man in his time plays many parts.”

These lines by Shakespeare capture the true essence of Netflix Original Film – Ludo.

The film comes at a time when the mobile game Ludo King is already a hit and the world is hit by Corona which is also mentioned by Basu in the film when he raises the question if all the people that were victim to the virus were evil or did bad deeds. This is also why Ludo could not be released in the theatres. But that’s a blessing in disguise as the kind of movie Ludo is it is just perfect for the OTT audience.

Anurag Basu as a director and actor introduces us to four intersecting stories represented by four colours of the Ludo Board. Oh and he picturizes the same again and again by using filters of each colour.

Such a marvelous movie it is I tell you! There is no doubt that Ludo is going to be the biggest OTT hit of this year!

Basu is a wonderful storyteller and acts as the same in the film, though it turns out that he is the Yamraj narrating the grammar of good and bad to Chitragupta.

He uses dark comedy, satire, absurd theater, throughout the film. And what’s even more perfect is the choice of the cast. The entire team of Ludo has seemingly worked hard to research on the previous works of each of the actors while choosing them for the roles.

Be it Pankaj Tripathi as Sattu Bhaiya, Abhishek Bachchan as Bittu, Rajkummar Rao as Aalu, or the others, they were stupendous as Anurag connected with the innate qualities these actors. Let me explain – Pankaj Tripathi is already famous for playing Desi Don on OTTs, so he fits right as Sattu Bhaiya. Likewise Abhishek Bachchan played a similar character in Yuva, Rajkummar Rao has many a times played the quirky underdog who could do anything for love, Fatima Sana Shaikh had always played a strong female with cute face, Aditya Roy Kapoor is the definition of hotness, Sanya Malhotra has always been a fun girl, so on and so forth. Everyone was perfect.

And a special praise for Inayat Verma as Mini, she just nailed the Stockholm syndrome. Abhishek being the father to Aaradhya knows what it means to be a father and he has connected with his role wonderfully so.

Now coming to the music. “Ya toh barbaad kardo, Ya fir abaad kardo…” Can’t get this outta my mind really. Arijit Singh and Pritam yet again weave a stupendous set of melodies that will hit your playlist right away after you hear them. Well of course you’ll enjoy them more if you watch the film.

Ludo is a must watch. It is so good that even if you don’t have a subscription of Netflix, borrow it, or at least get the Rs. 199 mobile plan, just to see it.

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