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Govinda Naam Mera review: Vicky, Kiara and Bhumi’s film is a laughter ride with some loopholes

By:- Aakruti Bagla

Directed by:- Shashank Khaitan

Starcast:- Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal, Amey Wagh, Renuka Shahane

Duration:- 2 hrs 11 mins

Rating:- 3/5


The main character of the movie is Govind Waghmare, whose life is, to put it mildly, a disaster. Govinda, a struggling choreographer, is determined to separate from his controlling and violent wife Gauri. Moreover, he is involved with Suku. A major problem in his life is legal trouble over the ancestral property with the stepfamily. In the middle of all of this, he gets entangled in the murder of his wife. In addition to all of this, he is also a drug dealer. How Govinda deals with everything interestingly with some surprising twists is what the film is all about.


Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Govinda Mera Naam is a decently entertaining film with a mind-blowing climax. The makers have tried to pack in a lot of elements in 2 hours and 11 minutes to keep the audience invested. But does it work in their favour? Partially yes. While some of the subplots manage to leave you chuckling, some also misfire.

To pull our attention back, we are surprised with an interesting cameo and a few surprising elements which are predictable yet convincing.

Touted to be a masala entertainer, the film consists of all necessary elements which include- comedy, a bit of romance, a pinch of suspense, and a dash of drama and mystery.

While the first half takes its own sweet time and introduces us to the life of Govinda and how he gets lured into trouble, the second half is dedicated to Govinda hatching a smart plan that progresses towards the mind-blowing climax.

Talking about direction, despite the complicated story, Shashank Khaitan has neatly handled various twists, tracks and characters. While the climax is convincing, the screenplay overall is simple but stretched. A few developments are unexpected, but somehow things turn predictable which after a while leaves us squirming.

Such a film rides on smart writing, which is offered sporadically here. While the humour works in a couple of scenes, there isn’t enough in the story to bring about laughs at regular intervals.

Coming to other technical aspects, the background score is perfect for the setting. The songs including Bijli, Pappi Jhappi and Kya Baat Hai 2.0 are well-placed.

The cinematography gives the right feels and sets the atmosphere for the proceedings. However, the editing could have been a bit sharp by trimming some unnecessary parts.

When it comes to performance, Vicky, who we associate with more serious roles, attempts to make people laugh for the first time. He projects the character’s helplessness, smartness and swag with ease. Bhumi, who has less screen time, does her job well. Kiara Advani looks stunning and performs ably. Talking about the rest of the cast including Renuka Shahane, Amey Wagh, Viraj Ghelani, Trupti Khakmkar, Sayaji Shinde, and Dayanand Shetty, all contribute to the madness by putting forward a confident act.


Overall, the film is a one-time easy-breezy watch for the weekend as it is led by some fun moments, stellar performances by the ensemble cast and some surprising elements.

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