Release Date: 24 February 2023
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Emraan Hashmi, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Diana Penty, Tisca Chopra, Adah Sharma
Director: Raj Mehta
Music Director: Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi
Editor: Ritesh Soni
While shooting a film in Bhopal, a hotshot star, Vijay Kumar, urgently needs a motorist’s licence to finalize his shoot on time. Nonetheless, a misreading with the motor vehicle inspector, Om Prakash, leads to a rivalry of feathers between the two. Vijay’s hot addiction turns his foe as he demands that the idol must fairly land the licence like any commoner, which may take up to a month. But Vijay must learn for the US within a week. Will he get the licence before he takes off?
Does a small-city business bobby, Om Prakash Agarwal( Emraan Hashmi), take on a superstar, Vijay Kumar( Akshay Kumar), over a motorist’s licence gropes like an overstretch possibly. But the punchlines and performances in the remake of the 2019 Malayalam film, Driving Licence, may make you ignore the delicate belief. A nod to Akshay’s fame, with a movie called, Don’t Angry Me, references to the scores of systems he does each time, being called a patron’s actor, is pleasurable to watch. However, Emraan’s turn as a super addict-turned-vigilante is inversely striking. He has a tight hold on his part, as he strongly maintains that middle-class and humble men act certainly when doing courageous effects.
Director Raj Mehta, who reunites with Akshay after Good Newwz, deals with the movie’s first half competently, keeps it engaging and gusty, and peppers it with absurd one-liners that the actor produces painlessly. Nevertheless, the sub-half, which centres around the face-off between the two heroes, isn’t as grandly on humour. It’s watchable, however, certainly if the corridor that revolves around the licence test is a bit long. The swirl also takes a dig at the trial by media miracle and the#BoycottBollywood movement.
While the main leads shine, Abhimanyu Singh is a fading superstar Suraj and Meghna Malik as the starstruck corporator, and Kamla Tiwari is outstanding. Abhimanyu is laughable as Vijay. After a couple of instances, though, his parts seem compelled. Social media influencer Kusha Kapila, in a cameo as a tarot card reader, does a good job. But Meghna stands out, extremely with her impeccable comic timing in scenes with Akshay. Diana Penty as Vijay’s, Naina, doesn’t have much of a role to play here but whatever power she can play the classy and confirmational wife does sufficiently. Nushratt Bharuccha, who is typical in the comedy genre, manages to pull off the act of a young Bhopali woman and Om Prakash’s wife, Minty, nicely.
Anu Malik and Tanishk Bagchi’s ‘Main Khiladi’ redux is dance-worthy, and Lijo George-DJ Chetas’s title track, as well as Vikram Montrose’s ‘Sher,’ is pumped up.
Overall, Selfiee is a one-time watch, with some good performances and several laugh-out-loud points. If you’re peeking for a rib-tickling comedy over the weekend, this one could be a good choice.