Amitabh Bachchan and Rashmika Mandanna starrer Goodbye produced by Balaji Motion Pictures released today. Film is directed by Vikas Bahl.
Synopsis on IDB read like this:
GoodBye presents a heart-warming story about life, family and relationships.
Film felt like this:
GoodBye presents a heart-less story about confusion, insensitivity and shallowness.
A head of the family Gayatri Bhalla ( Neena Gupta) dies and her husband Harish Bhalla along with his kids left in despair. Film never takes off from this premise as proceedings become tiresome and insensitive.
Amitabh Bachchan is great as always but poor script doesn’t let him justify his intensity and pain. Rashmika Mandanna makes forgettable debut in Hindi films with such a badly made film. Need Gupta, Elli Avram, Sahil Mehta, Palavail Gulati to other supporting cast have nothing much to offer.
What is it that makers are trying to show though his story and characters? Is Goodbye the story of a grief-stricken dysfunctional family? Or a rebel daughter who refuses to believe in the outdated and orthodox rituals and traditions. Is it a story about four siblings who are settled in different parts of the world and come together to say the last goodbye to their dead mother? Or a dilemma between faith and science. Is it a satire on the death rituals that are prevalent in the society? Or fake tear-shedding relatives.
The last two aspects have been beautifully shown in last year’s films Ram Prasad ki Tehrvi and Pagglait and those, I must say, served a good benchmark. Unfortunately, Goodbye just doesn’t leave that impact or doesn’t even get close to it.
Film is royal waste as it literally waste bunch of really talented actors and acting stalwart. Film never realises its potential and handles such a sensitive topic with utmost disdain.
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