Ludo (film)

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Ludo
Ludo film poster.jpg
Netflix release poster
Directed byAnurag Basu
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Divya Khosla Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Anurag Basu
Tani Basu
Deepshika Bose
Written byAnurag Basu (story and screenplay)
Samrat Chakraborty (dialogue)
StarringAbhishek Bachchan
Aditya Roy Kapur
Rajkummar Rao
Pankaj Tripathi
Fatima Sana Shaikh
Sanya Malhotra
Rohit Suresh Saraf
Pearle Maaney
Music byPritam
CinematographyAnurag Basu
Rajesh Shukla
Edited byAjay Sharma
Production
company
T-Series
Anurag Basu Productions
Ishana Movies
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 12 November 2020 (2020-11-12)[1]
Running time
150 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Ludo is a 2020 Indian anthology dark comedy crime film directed by Anurag Basu. It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anurag Basu, Tani Basu and Deepshika Bose under the banners of T-Series, Anurag Basu Productions and Ishana Movies.[2] It stars an ensemble cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Rohit Suresh Saraf, Pearle Maaney and Inayat Varma.[3][4] The film was released on 12 November 2020 coinciding with Diwali on Netflix.[1]

Plot[edit]

Ludo starts with two people contemplating life and death and they decide to play ludo. The game they play correlates to the lives of Sattu Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi),Akash (Aditya Roy Kapur), Alok Kumar (Rajkummar Rao)and Bittu (Abhishek Bachchan).

Sattu Bhaiya is a notorious gangster who has to settle old scores with Bittu, who was once his right-hand man. Sattu Bhaiya becomes the dice of Ludo and Bittu forms the red side in Ludo.

Akash and Shruti (Sanya Malhotra) forms the yellow side. They find that someone has recorded a video of them having sex and have uploaded it to the Internet. Then they start the race to find the culprit and take down the video before Shruti's would-be husband finds out.

The blue side is formed by Sheeja Thomas (Pearle Maaney)and Rahul (Rohit Suresh Saraf). Sheeja is a Malayali nurse who speaks only Malayalam and Rahul is a struggling young man from a small town being bullied by his boss. They find the treasure of Sattu Bhaiya and the gang chases them and they try to escape (go Home).

The green side is formed by Alok Kumar and his sweet heart Pinky(Fatima Sana Shaikh). Pinky's husband becomes a suspect in a murder case and she seeks help from Alok to save him.

These four stories become entangled in a series of events, leading to an engaging climax where all four sides are present. In a way, they all reach "Home" and win the game.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The film is produced by Anurag Basu, Taani Basu and Bhushan Kumar and features music by Pritam.[5]

Release[edit]

The film was initially scheduled to release on 24 April 2020.[5] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released on 12 November 2020 on Netflix.[1][6]

Reception[edit]

The film critics largely gave the film positive ratings. Anupama Chopra, Editor-in-Chief of Film Companion, wrote, "Whatever faults you might find with an Anurag Basu film, lack of invention isn’t one of them. The director creates worlds filled with whimsy and wonder, set to Pritam’s pulsating soundscape."[7] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote, "Still, in this time of corona, the virus finding an honourable mention in the movie, we could do with some fun and games, even if it slackens in bits," praising Basu for using "perky musical interludes" to narrate the story.[8] India Today reviewed the movie positively, calling it 'naram-garam and delicious' which is "out-of-the-box while staying firmly in the box." [9] A review by the Hindustan Times said, "despite its missteps, keeps it breezy, with its cast helping it to stay the course."[10] The Hindu film critic found that "the structure of Ludo written with careful precision and the construct is cleaner," which makes the film 'largely entertaining'.[11] While, The Wire's Tanul Thakur felt that Ludo 'suffers' because Basu is "more interested in the mechanics of this tapestry, the many ways in which the disparate stories intersect and inform each other, as opposed to the tapestry itself: its overarching meaning, its dramatic power, its psychological portraits." [12] Critic associated with the Deccan Herald received the movie as "a big disappointment".[13] The Quint's review of the film said that "the screenplay steers clear of extravagance, which works in its favor." "While the setting may seem fable-like, the emotions they evoke in us are authentic. It might take some time to get used to, but once we understand the spirit of the film Ludo can prove to be a lot of fun."[14]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ludo
Soundtrack album by
Released13 November 2020 (2020-11-13)[15]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length26:48
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
Pritam chronology
Love Aaj Kal
(2020)
Ludo
(2020)
83
(2020)
Official audio
Ludo - Full Album on YouTube

The film's music was composed by Pritam while lyrics were written by Sayeed Quadri, Sandeep Shrivastava, Tamojit Das, Shloke Lal, and Swanand Kirkire.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Aabaad Barbaad"Sandeep ShrivastavaArijit Singh5:09
2."Hardum Humdum"Sayeed QuadriArijit Singh3:08
3."Meri Tum Ho"Sandeep Shrivastava, Shloke LalJubin Nautiyal, Ash King3:47
4."Dil Julaha"Swanand KirkireDarshan Raval3:38
5."Hardum Humdum" (Film Version)Sayeed QuadriArijit Singh4:25
6."Meri Tum Ho" (Unplugged)Sandeep Shrivastava, Shloke LalJubin Nautiyal, Ash King3:33
7."Hardum Humdum" (Female)Sayeed Quadri, Shloke LalShilpa Rao3:08
Total length:26:48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Abhishek, Aditya Roy Kapur, Rajkummar, Pankaj Tripathi & others lives go beyond one's understanding". DNA. 19 October 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ "T-Series & Anurag Basu's next titled Ludo starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur,Bhanu Uday Goswami to release on April 24, 2020". Bollywood Hungama. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Ludo first poster: Anurag Basu announces film starring Abhishek Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao". India Today. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Ludo first look: Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh walk in with a baby and swag to spare for Netflix release". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Ludo". Netflix. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Netflix releases roster of 17 titles arriving soon: Raat Akeli Hai, Ludo, A Suitable Boy, Class of 83, The Kargil Girl and more". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ Chopra, Anupama (12 November 2020). "Ludo Movie Review". Film Companion. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  8. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (13 November 2020). "Ludo review: Hijinks in the time of Corona". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  9. ^ Mukherjee, Nairita (13 November 2020). "Ludo Movie Review: Abhishek Bachchan, Pankaj Tripathi Netflix film is naram-garam and delicious". India Today. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Ludo movie review: Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi roll the dice in an absurd, whimsical world". Hindustan Times. 12 November 2020.
  11. ^ S, Srivatsan (12 November 2020). "'Ludo' movie review: Largely entertaining, with an in-form Anurag Basu" – via www.thehindu.com.
  12. ^ "More Forced Than Felt, 'Ludo' Misses the Film for the Vignettes". thewire.in.
  13. ^ "'Ludo' movie review: A big disappointment". Deccan Herald. 13 November 2020.
  14. ^ Ghosh, Stutee (12 November 2020). "Review: Barring the Climax, 'Ludo' is a Unique, Entertaining Film". TheQuint.
  15. ^ "Ludo – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". ITunes.

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