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Doctor G Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Doctor G Movie Review : This one is a solid prescription for entertainment

Doctor G Story: Dr Uday Gupta, aspires to specialize in orthopaedics, but much to his strong dislike, he lands up being the only male in the gynaecology department of a medical college in Bhopal. He takes it up, but soon finds himself caught in a series of hilarious situations and incidents. Will the experience make him better doc and a finer human – forms the crux of this medical campus comedy.

Doctor G Review: ‘Jo cheez mere paas hai hi nahi, uska ilaaj kaise karoon’ is a line that you’d never expect to hear from a doctor. Except probably this one – the funny, quirky, confused Doctor G (Dr Uday Gupta) played by Ayushmann Khurrana. And of course, another trait that stands out in this doc is how he’s comfortably unaware of his chauvinism and patriarchal beliefs. His world revolves around the stree-rog vibhaag of the medical college, though what he is desperately waiting for is to find an exit route from there. From the word go, the world of Anubhuti Kashyap’s Doctor G presents one character after another, well-sketched and each with a distinct personality that adds layers to the circumstantial chaos and conflict in Dr Uday’s life. Whether its Dr Jenny Jacob (Priyam Saha), Dr KLPD aka Kumudlatha Pamulparthi Diwakaran (Shraddha Jain), the nurses or Shobha Gupta (Sheeba Chadha as Dr Uday’s mom), the women in this story lend a lot of might to the narrative at every stage. The myriad characters bring a certain vibrancy to the story which is set largely in a medical college campus of Bhopal. Together, they beautifully set the mood and tonality of the film – light-hearted, funny and breezy for most part.

The makers of this film, Junglee Pictures, who are known to back unique and path-breaking films like Raazi and Badhaai Ho, have attempted to take the audience into a zone which has never been tapped in Hindi cinema before. Even a sensitive theme like losing the male touch, among some other relevant issues that unfold in the second half, have been effectively portrayed with well-written humour and scenes, which never take the slapstick route. The way comedy has been used is just right, there is never an overdose. Even in scenes where a serious topic is being handled, the impact is strong, but the delivery and performances remain subtle and dignified.

What could have become a cut-and-dry hospital comedy turns into an extremely palatable story, with an underlying social message. The writers, Sumit Saxena, Saurabh Bharat and Vishal Wagh, along with director Anubhuti Kashyap, have made it a point to narrate the story with a neutral gaze which has helped bring in the right elements that make a movie engaging. The music (Amit Trivedi) blends well. Newton (Altamash Faridi), O Sweetie Sweetie (Ayushmann), Har Jagah Tu (Raj Barman) lend a beautiful touch to the music album while peppy numbers like Step Copy (Amit Trivedi) and Dil Dhak Dhak (Raj Barman, Sakshi Holkar) add some much-needed zing and pep you up.

Ayushmann Khurrana is a natural at his act, whether he is the hassled doctor on campus trying to cope with all his women peers, handling the matters of his heart or reasoning with his mother at home on log kya kahenge kind of topics – he is utterly believable, hilarious and on point. Even as his character evolves, he never loses grip. His performance is lived-in and at par with some of his finer acts in the past. Rakul Preet Singh displays her acting chops beautifully without taking attention away from the central conflict of the movie. She lends excellent support to Ayushmann’s character, hand-holding him through his emotional crises and pushing him out of his old-fashioned beliefs and ideas about men and women. Shefali Shah continues her golden run with this film. Of course, one would have loved to see more of her, but even then, she undoubtedly aces the act, and elevates the film to a different level. Sheeba Chadha brings in a lot of laughs as Uday’s progressive mom, who while playing a perfect parent is also trying to live her life with abandon.

Anubhuti Kashyap’s first mainstream film boasts of her ability to bring out a host of nuanced performances. She shows her potential to direct a story in a manner that can thoroughly engross the audience, while also taking it in a direction that makes it a conversation-starter for the right reasons. Every character in Doctor G, performs their part finely to pump life into the story. Go, watch this at a theatre near you, sehat ki liye achcha hai!

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