Ludo is a Netflix Anthology. A few years ago, that would mean gold. But with Netflix missing the mark with Ghost Stories, it was again a hit or miss. Anurag Basu makes this dark comedy about four people who come across each other, without actually doing so. If you’re wondering whether you should watch this Netflix Original, here’s our Ludo review.
Ludo is about a clump of individuals. A person who works at the mall meets a nurse who doesn’t know English. A woman who’s about to marry, and her boyfriend finds out that their clip has become viral. A goon who’s returning to married life after spending a couple of years in prison. To lop all them up is a don who’s about to do some tasks for all of them.
Anthologies don’t sorta work in India. In all these years, there is only a handful, and even out of those, only the horror ones (Darna Mana Hai and Darna Zaroori Hai) really ring a bell.
But Netflix, with Ludo, brings out a fresh, entertaining anthology that’s as dark as it’s humorous and has a riveting storyline.
Ludo is a fresh, entertaining dark comedy.
The screenplay is a little weak. But that gets covered with the acting chops of the actors. Pankaj Tripathi as the don is in a fresh new role. Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanya Malhotra ace as the urban couple who are facing trouble. We have Rajkummar Rao and Fatima Sana Shaikh giving an excellent performance as the rural couple who are facing trouble.
This is an anthology. There are going to be favorites. Then there are going to some tracks that might bore part of the audience. But the connecting storyline and the taut screenplay in the second half ensured that the Netflix Anthology is a winner and something that everyone can watch during the lockdown – or otherwise.
Another aspect that stands out is the production. Ludo is a difficult movie to produce, what with four story tracks and so much technicality, but the Netflix finances came through.
Ludo has its share of violence, but it also has some off-the-cuff humorous moments that take the audience unawares, in a good way. One interesting aspect of the movie is how Basu interconnects the life of six people with one person. Film fanatics will point out how the couples don’t actually meet each other all through the movie, and yet, their lives are deeply connected.
So, our Ludo review, in a nutshell, is that this one is a winner from Netflix for the Indian audiences, and that’s something that has taken some time to happen. Lust Stories won critical acclaim but also became controversial. Ghost Stories was pegged down right off the bat. Ludo is the kind of movie that you want to have a sequel to. With sequels still not a very good idea, we wonder if the Netflix Original will change that, like how it has changed how audiences look at anthologies.