“Ghoomketu” Review: Sitting Through It Turns Out To Be A Painful Experience

Mohnish Singh |May 22, 2020

Ghoomketu stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role. After facing several delays in its theatrical release, the movie has now directly premiered on OTT platform, ZEE5.

Ghoomketu, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap in important roles, had been struggling for a release for a long time. It faced one hurdle after another in getting a theatrical release, and when all attempts bore no fruit, the makers opted for a direct-to-digital release, a phenomenon which has gained popularity in these times of social distancing amid the Coronavirus pandemic.


The film revolves around Ghoomketu, an aspiring writer from a small-town in UP called Mahona. He wants to write for Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan one day. With big dreams in his eyes, he runs away to Mumbai, carrying a giant metal trunk and a military holdall. He wants to make it big within a short span of a month and even carries a guide with him called “How to be a Bollywood writer in 30 days”.

Meanwhile, his family in Uttar Pradesh uses all their political connections to get him back. An indolent and corrupt officer Badlani is tasked to find him and send him back to his villain, failing which he will not only incur the wrath of his seniors but also a punishment posting. Will Ghoomketu be able to make it big in Bollywood or will he go back to his village? Or will Badlani be able to find him and save himself from a punishment posting? To know, watch the film on ZEE5.

Nawaz stars as a wannabe writer in Ghoomketu

Performances, Story & Screenplay

Since Ghoomketu features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role, one fine performance is guaranteed, if not anything else. Nawaz entertains with his antics once again, but he seems to be repeating himself too often. Despite being entertaining, his performance lacks the range the award-winning actor is known for putting at display.

Anurag Kashyap in the role of corrupt policeman Badlani is convincing. Actress Ragini Khanna, who is in an extended cameo, plays her part well. It is an interesting role and she manages to leave an impact in her limited screen-time. Talking about the supporting cast, Raghubir Yadav and Ila Arun do justice to their parts.

Anurag Kashyap plays a corrupt policeman

The story of the film has nothing great to offer. Its hackneyed screenplay and tasteless dialogues make the matter worse. You keep looking for movements which stay with you after you have watched the movie, but unfortunately, you do not find any. Filmmaker Pushpendra Nath Misra fails to pull it off and resorts to all tried and tested formula of a film revolving around Bollywood.

Technical Analysis:

There is no technical fineness as such that the film can boast off. Despite a short runtime, the movie looks unbearably long. Its poor plotting and writing are more to be blamed than the editing.

Production design of the film is average. Ghoomketu has been made on a shoestring budget, and that clearly shows. Moreover, it is a long-delayed film, and you can figure out the same withing a few minutes into the film.

Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo


Production design

Did I Enjoy It?


Final Verdict

After watching Ghoomketu, I must say that it was a wise decision to release the film on an OTT platform as there is an absolute lack of ingredients which pull a crowd to theatres. I am going with 1.5 stars.

Movie Credits

Banner: Phantom Films, Sony Pictures
Director: Pushpendra Nath Misra
Casting: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ragini Khanna, Anurag Kashyap
STARBIZ Rating: 1.5*

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