Good Newwz

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Good Newwz
Good Newwz film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaj Mehta
Produced by
Written byJyoti Kapoor
Rishabh Sharma
Raj Mehta
Starring
Music bySongs:
See soundtrack
Score:
John Stewart Eduri
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byManish More
Production
companies
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 27 December 2019 (2019-12-27)[1]
Running time
132 minutes[2]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget60 crore[3]
Box officeest. 318.57 crore[4]

Good Newwz is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Raj Mehta in his directorial debut and produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar, Shashank Khaitan and Aruna Bhatia under their respective banners Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.[5] Starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani in the lead roles, the film revolves around two couples tryst with in vitro fertilisation.[6] The shooting commenced in November 2018 and was completed in April 2019. It was theatrically released in India on 27 December 2019.[1]

Plot[edit]

Varun Batra is the CEO of a Volkswagen showroom in Mumbai and his wife, Deepti Batra, is a celebrity journalist. The two are a happily married couple going on seven years, but struggle to conceive a baby. Varun's sister Richa suggests the couple meet reputed fertility specialist Anand Joshi, who suggests they do in vitro fertilisation (IVF), a fertility technique that will enhance their chances. They agree, Varun submits sperm samples, and doctor Anand seemingly places Varun's sperm in Deepti's embryo.

12 days later, Varun and Deepti are hastily summoned by Anand's wife, Dr. Sandhya Joshi. Here, the two run into another homonymous couple, Honey Batra and Monika Batra, who have taken up IVF as well. Anand guiltily reveals that a sperm mix-up has occurred: Varun's sperm have been mixed with Monika's eggs, and Honey's sperm with Deepti's eggs. Shocked beyond belief, both couples attack the two doctors. The doctors suggest that the couples go for a minor procedure so there is no chance of pregnancy. Varun later learns from Honey that Monika is pregnant with Varun's child, but his rudeness causes Honey to fear the loss of his own child as Deepti has also gotten pregnant. He vows to prevent an abortion on Deepti's part, and he and Monika rent out a flat just above Varun's and Deepti's, much to the couple's shock.

Varun and Deepti initially project frustration against Honey and Monika the first six months of pregnancy for interfering in their lives. However, during a routine check-up in the seventh month of pregnancy, Sandhya advises Deepti to try talking to Monika, who is probably going through as much as she is emotionally. Realizing that she needs to try understanding the situation, Deepti asks Monika out for a street food treat, during which they start getting to know each other. Deepti learns that Monika had suffered two miscarriages, making her sympathise, and the women bond. However, Varun still nurses a negative attitude, especially since Deepti is not carrying his child. She takes a stand in Honey's and Monika's favour for the first time, angrily telling Varun that he never cared to understand anything that happened post the mishap.

Varun, with Deepti's confrontation still fresh in his mind, makes an attempt to bond with Honey when they meet at a bar, and they almost strike a chord with each other, until Honey expresses concern over Deepti's work commitments, which he thinks will have a negative impact on the child. Varun, incensed, snubs Honey in a possessive manner, and all else fails. An argument between the two escalates until Varun storms out and Honey is arrested by the cops after the manager drops a call.

That night, amidst heavy rains, Monika knocks on Deepti's door in desperation: she has gone into premature labour and Honey is nowhere to be found. Varun hurriedly drives Monika to the hospital and she gives birth. However, the newborn is shifted to a critical unit in grave condition, having been born with a respiratory defect, accelerated by Monika's history of miscarriages, with little chance of survival. As it dawns on him that the baby is in fact his, Varun begins crying and hugs Honey when he arrives after being let off with a warning. Even as Honey and Monika reunite, he goes home and breaks down in Deepti's arms, apologising for his past insensitivity.

For a few weeks, both couples pray for the baby's recovery and Monika remains in the hospital as Deepti tends to her. The baby finally recovers and after 2 months, Deepti too has a successful delivery. Varun, now a changed man, invites Honey and Monika to meet the baby. Both couples finally bond and accept each other, holding each other's babies in their arms.

Cast[edit]

  • Akshay Kumar as Varun Batra, Deepti's husband and Monika's Child Biological Father.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan as Deepti Batra, Varun's wife and Honey's child Mother .
  • Diljit Dosanjh as Honey Batra, Monika's husband
  • Kiara Advani as Monika Batra, Honey's wife and Varun's child Mother.
  • Tisca Chopra as Dr Sanya Joshi, Anand's wife
  • Adil Hussain as Dr Anand Joshi, the two couples' doctor and Sanya's husband
  • Anjana Sukhani as Advocate Richa Batra Ahuja, Varun's sister
  • Faisal Rashid as Vivek Ahuja, Richa's husband
  • Mohit Raina as Murari, the flight passenger beside Deepti (cameo appearance)
  • Sunita Dhir as Honey's mother
  • Amishka Sood as the IVF Receptionist
  • Yukta Mookhey as patient at IVF centre
  • Richa Kapoor as Mrs Batra, Varun's mother
  • Pradeep Kuckreja as Mr Batra, Varun's father
  • Kavita Pais as Deepti's mother
  • Shivam Pal as the airport cab driver
  • Karan Ashar as Akash, Varun's colleague
  • Taksh Dave as the showroom kid
  • Vishwa Sharma as the old IVF customer

Special appearances[edit]

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

This film's name was announced on Twitter as – Good News. It is Dosanjh's first film under the banner of Dharma Productions.[7]

Filming[edit]

Filming commenced in December 2018, with Dosanjh and Advani filming their scenes.[8] Kumar and Kapoor joined filming in January and announced it by posting on Instagram.[9] During a recent interview and in a Twitter post, Kumar said about Kapoor, "We are extremely fond of each other. Bebo and Lolo tease me about the amount of money I’m making and I tease them about having a flat in every building in Bandra. That's our fun banter."'[10] Anjana Sukhani of Golmaal fame joined the cast to essay an important role, which was revealed to be that of Kumar's sister.[11] The filming was finished in the first week of April 2019.[12]

Marketing and release[edit]

The film was slated to release on 6 September but was pushed to 29 November, later it was again pushed to release on 27 December 2019.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

Good Newwz
Soundtrack album by
Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, Lauv, Lijo George – DJ Chetas, Manj Musik – Herbie Sahara, Sukhbir and KSHMR
Released26 December 2019[13]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length27:55
LanguageHindi
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's music is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, Lauv, Lijo George–DJ Chetas, Manj Musik–Herbie Sahara, Sukhbir and Kshmr. The songs are written by Kumaar, Rashmi Virag, Tanishk Bagchi, Sukhbir, Gurpreet Saini, Ari Leff, Michael Pollock, Herbie Sahara and Vayu. The background score has been composed by John Stewart Eduri.

The song "Sauda Khara Khara" is a remake of Sukhbir's original hit, recreated by Lijo George-DJ Chetas, while the song "Laal Ghagraa" is a remake of Sahara's and Musik's original hit, and has been recreated by Bagchi, who added an interlude from Daler Mehndi's hit song "Ho Jayegi Balle Balle" to the recreated version.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Chandigarh Mein"Tanishk Bagchi, BadshahTanishk BagchiBadshah, Harrdy Sandhu, Lisa Mishra, Asees Kaur3:25
2."Sauda Khara Khara"KumaarLijo George – DJ Chetas, SukhbirDiljit Dosanjh, Sukhbir, Dhvani Bhanushali3:31
3."Maana Dil"Rashmi ViragTanishk BagchiB Praak3:55
4."Laal Ghaghra"Tanishk Bagchi, Herbie SaharaTanishk Bagchi, Manj Musik–Herbie SaharaManj Musik, Herbie Sahara, Neha Kakkar4:28
5."Dil Na Jaaneya"Gurpreet Saini, Ari Leff, Michael PollockRochak Kohli, LauvRochak Kohli, Lauv, Akasa Singh3:51
6."Zumba"VayuTanishk BagchiRomy2:57
7."Dil Na Jaaneya" (Unplugged)Gurpreet SainiRochak KohliArijit Singh3:03
8."Good Newwz Theme"Kshmr, Tanishk Bagchi2:45
Total length:27:55

Reception[edit]

Taran Adarsh gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, 'Excellent. This one's a sure-fire hit. Smart writing. Fantastic humour. Heartfelt emotions... Superb performances Akshay, Kareena, Diljit, Kiara. 2019 will conclude with a big winner, with Good Newwz.'[14] Rajeev Masand of News 18 gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and said, "If Good Newwz doesn't go off the rails when the tone shifts, it's because the actors stay sincere and committed as the narrative evolves. The heart of the film is its cast anyway."[15]

Box office[edit]

Good Newwz earned 17.56 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected 21.78 crore, On the third day, the film collected 25.65 crore, taking total opening weekend collection to 65.99 crore.[4]

As of 21 February 2020, with a gross of 244.21 crore in India and 74.36 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 318.57 crore and is the fifth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[16][4]

Home media[edit]

The film was made available to stream on OTT platform Amazon Prime on 22 February 2020.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan's Good News to release on December 27". Hindustan Times. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Good Newwz (2019)". British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Good News for 'Good Newwz' at the BO with Rs 39.34 Cr in Two Days". The Quint. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Good Newwz Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 24 December 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Akshay Kumar is the Only Male Superstar Who Never Asks Who the Director is, Says Karan Johar". News18. 18 November 2018. Archived from the original on 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  6. ^ "'Good News'! That's the title of Kareena Kapoor Khan's next with Akshay Kumar". DNA India. 31 July 2018. Archived from the original on 1 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  7. ^ Diljit Dosanjh [@diljitdosanjh] (30 November 2018). "#GOODNEWS @DharmaMovies @karanjohar Sir @akshaykumar Sir #KareennaKapoorKhan Ji @Advani_Kiara #RajMehta Sir @ShashankKhaitan Sir 😊🙏🏽 It's a Dream Come True When you get to Work with Your Favourite Productions House and an Awesome TEAM 😊 SHUKAR 🙏🏽 LOVE MY FANS 😊🙏🏽 t.co/eGDcPBnUi4" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Karan Johar's Good News goes on floors today, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan to join later". Times Now. 30 November 2018. Archived from the original on 30 November 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Akshay Kumar shares new pic with pouty co-star Kareena Kapoor from sets of Good News". Hindustan Timesimes. 11 February 2019. Archived from the original on 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Good News: Akshay Kumar on Kareena Kapoor Khan open up about their friendly banter". www.filmsbit.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  11. ^ "SCOOP! Akshay Kumar – Kareena Kapoor Khan's Good News gets a new cast member (read details inside)". Bollywood Hungama. 10 April 2019. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Good News cast announce film's wrap; Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor starrer to release on 6 September". First Post. 7 April 2019. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Good Newwz – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn. Archived from the original on 11 December 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  14. ^ adarsh, taran (25 December 2019). "#OneWordReview...#GoodNewwz: EXCELLENT. Rating: This one's a SURE-FIRE HIT... Smart writing. Fantastic humour. Heartfelt emotions... Superb performances [#Akshay, #Kareena, #Diljit, #Kiara]...2019 will conclude with a big winner, with #GoodNewwz. #GoodNewwzReview pic.twitter.com/9YUx24tiTB". @taran_adarsh. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  15. ^ Masand, Rajeev (28 December 2019). "Good Newwz Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Film is a Bumpy Ride But There's Lot to Laugh About". News18.3/5 stars
  16. ^ "Bollywood Top Grossers Worldwide". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 18 November 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  17. ^ Sunder, Gautam (4 February 2020). "Amazon Prime February 2020 releases: 'Darbar', 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood', 'Hunters' and more". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 March 2020.

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