Good Newwz is an Indian 2019 Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films. It stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani and revolves around two couples' tryst with in vitro fertilization.[3][4]

Good Newwz
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaj Mehta
Written byScreenplay:
Jyoti Kapoor
Jyoti Kapoor
Rishabh Sharma
Raj Mehta
Story byJyoti Kapoor
Produced by
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byManish More
Music bySongs:
See Soundtrack
John Stewart Eduri
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 27 December 2019 (2019-12-27)
Running time
132 minutes
Budget₹70 crore[1]
Box office₹318.57 crore[2]

Principal photography commenced in November 2018 and wrapped up by April 2019.[5] The film was released theatrically on 27 December 2019 coinciding New Year Festivities and became one of the biggest blockbuster films of 2019, with a final worldwide gross of 3.18 billion (US$45.16 million); it is Kumar's highest-grossing film in India. With this film, Kumar set a new record in 2019 by having three consecutive domestic 200 Crore Club net films alongside Mission Mangal and Housefull 4.[6][2] A sequel titled BAD NEWZ was announced on March 2024 starring Vicky Kaushal, Tripti Dimri and Ammy Virk in lead roles. It is scheduled to be released on July 2024 theatrically worldwide.

Plot edit

Varun Batra is the CEO of a Volkswagen showroom in Mumbai and his wife, Deepti "Deepu" 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Joshi seemingly places the embryo created in his lab by Varun's sperm in Deepti's uterus.

12 days later, Varun and Deepti are hastily summoned by Dr. Anand's wife, Dr. Sandhya Joshi. Here, the two run into another homonymous couple, Honey Batra and Monika "Moni" 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, and Deepti is pregnant with Honey'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 during 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 distressed. Realizing that she needs to try to understand 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 to Varun's child. 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
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan as Deepti "Deepu" Batra
  • Diljit Dosanjh as Honey Batra
  • Kiara Advani as Monika "Moni" Batra
  • Tisca Chopra as Dr. Sandhya Joshi
  • Adil Hussain as Dr. Anand Joshi
  • Anjana Sukhani as Advocate Richa Ahuja
  • Faisal Rashid as Vivek Ahuja
  • Sunita Dhir as Manjot Batra
  • Amishka Sood as the IVF Hospital Receptionist
  • Yukta Mookhey as patient at IVF centre
  • Richa Kapoor as Reeta Batra
  • Pradeep Kuckreja as Rajan Batra
  • Kavita Pais as Kamini Kashya
  • Shivam Pal as the Airport cab driver
  • Karan Ashar as Akash Singhania, Varun's friend
  • Taksh Dave as Tarun Batra, Varun's Showroom kid
  • Vishwa Sharma as the Old IVF Patient
  • Uddhav Dharap as Patient at IVF Centre

Special appearances edit

Production edit

Pre-production edit

This film's name was announced on Twitter. 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 joined the cast, and his was revealed to be Kumar's sister.[11] The filming was finished in the first week of April 2019.[12]

Release edit

The film was slated to release on 6 September but was pushed to 29 November, and pushed again to release on 25 December 2019, on the festival of Christmas.[6]

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
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
  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 is composed by John Stewart Eduri.

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

Track listing
1."Chandigarh Mein"Tanishk Bagchi, BadshahTanishk BagchiBadshah, Harrdy Sandhu, Lisa Mishra, Asees Kaur3:25
2."Laal Ghaghra"Tanishk Bagchi, Herbie SaharaTanishk Bagchi, Manj Musik–Herbie SaharaManj Musik, Herbie Sahara, Neha Kakkar4:28
3."Zumba"VayuTanishk BagchiRomy2:57
4."Maana Dil"Rashmi ViragTanishk BagchiB Praak3:55
5."Sauda Khara Khara"KumaarLijo George – DJ Chetas, SukhbirDiljit Dosanjh, Sukhbir, Dhvani Bhanushali3:31
6."Dil Na Jaaneya"Gurpreet Saini, Ari Leff, Michael PollockRochak Kohli, LauvRochak Kohli, Lauv, Akasa Singh3:51
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 earned 21.78 crore. On the third day, the film earned 25.65 crore, for a total opening weekend earning of 65.99 crore.[2]

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 sixth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[16][2]

Home media edit

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

Sequel edit

On march 2024, a sequel titled Bad Newz was announced as the film stars Vicky Kaushal, Tripti Dimri and Ammy Virk in lead roles and is scheduled to be released theatrically on 19th July 2024.

References edit

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  4. ^ "'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.
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  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 😊🙏🏽" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  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". @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.     
  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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