Ludo movie review: Anurag Basu cracks the black comedy genre.


 
Anurag Basu’s Ludo unfolds through a conversation over a board game between an important figure in Hindu mythology (played by Basu himself) and a curious questioner. Beyond this clever device and the discussion that plays out between them through the length of the narrative is this simple truth: the film is good old-fashioned, light-hearted fun.

Ludo examines questions of virtue and vice, sin and goodness, heaven and hell, fate and punishment through intersecting lives.  


Rahul Satyendra Tripathi aka Sattu Bhaiyya (Pankaj Tripathi) is a criminal whose determination to control his gang members – past and present – and save a lost stash of loot sets off a chain of events that has consequences for people known and unknown to him. 

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Elsewhere in the city is Sheeja Thomas (Pearle Maaney), an ambitious nurse newly arrived in north India from Kerala.


Batukeshwar Tiwari aka Bittu Bhaiyya (Abhishek Bachchan) has just been released from jail and is mourning the loss of his wife (Asha Negi) and child to another man.When Pinky (Fatima Sana Shaikh) runs into trouble, she has a tendency to turn to her former lover, Alok Kumar Gupta aka Aalu  (Rajkummar Rao), for help although she is married to another man.


And Akash Chauhan (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a voice-over artiste and ventriloquist-comedian in love with Shruti Choksi (Sanya Malhotra) who reciprocates his feelings but is determined to marry only a rich man.


Throw into this mix a homeless salesperson (Rohit Suresh Saraf), infidelity, a porn clip, an unsuspecting fiancé and a kidnap plan gone awry, and the potential for a comedy of errors is evident. Despite the throng of characters in the narrative, many of them played by significant stars, no one is lost in the madding crowd. Each sub-plot gets its due, and while individual players in the story may face confusion over the randomness of events, the editing is neatly handled by Ajay Sharma to ensure that the viewer does not. 

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