Lootcase is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language comedy thriller by debutant director Rajesh Krishnan who has also directed the web series TVF Tripling. The film is produced and bankrolled by Fox Star Studios. It features Kunal Khemu and Rasika Dugal in lead roles, and Vijay Raaz, Ranvir Shorey and Gajraj Rao in supporting roles. The film revolves around a red coloured suitcase (Joy Bagman/ Anand Petikar). It was scheduled for theatrical release on 10 April 2020, but the release was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. It was released on 31 July 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar. Upon release, it met with extremely positive reviews for its humour, tone and comical performances by its cast.
|Directed by||Rajesh Krishnan|
|Written by||Kapil Sawant|
|Cinematography||Sanu John Varghese|
|Edited by||Anand Subaya|
Fox Star Studios
Nandan Kumar, a middle-class man who repairs machines at a printing press, doesn't believe in destiny and lives in a chawl with his taunting wife Lata and son Ayush. Nandan's family struggles to reconcile their dreams and aspirations with their financial reality.
MLA Patil attempts to transfer Rs. 10 crore and a file containing evidence of widespread embezzlement to another minister. He blackmails local gangster Omar to carry out this task; his men put the money in a red suitcase. While transporting the money, Omar's men are ambushed by the goons of rival gangster Bala Rathore. Patil's men hide the suitcase during a shootout, hoping to retrieve it later. However, Nandan comes across it by chance, and finding it full of money, decides to take it home and hides it in his neighbor's home. When Bala and Patil realize that the suitcase (and the file) is missing, they send their respective men to find it at any cost. Patil additionally blackmails policeman Kolte and recruits him to retrieve the suitcase.
Kolte and his informant Fazlu gather information about the shootout but find that nearby CCTV cameras are not operational. Meanwhile, Nandan spends some money on his family but keeps Lata in the dark about the source of the money. Bala's men spot Fazlu, and begin tracking Kolte. Nandan removes some of the money from the suitcase, divides it into several packets, and hides them around the house, keeping one packet in his office drawer. One CCTV camera becomes operational, allowing Kolte to see Nandan leaving the scene in an auto-rickshaw. Meanwhile, Nandan has his hands full in attempting to keep his money hidden from his neighbors and Lata. In an effort to spend his cash, he attempts to buy a luxurious apartment only to find that they do not accept cash payments.
Kolte finds the auto-rickshaw driver from the CCTV footage, and is able to identify Nandan (the driver had spotted Nandan's debit card with his name and bank information). Nandan goes to his bank to inquire about a cash-counting machine, but the cashiers laugh him off. Paranoid and panicking, he makes a scene and leaves. When Kolte is investigating at the same bank, the cashiers tell him about Nandan's suspicious behavior and provide him Nandan's address. Kolte arrives at his home just as Lata finds the hidden suitcase in the kitchen. Kolte holds the family at gunpoint and demands the money back and Nandan complies. Kolte finds out about the packet in the office, and takes Nandan to retrieve it. Bala's men report this to their boss, and Bala and Patil join hands to kill Kolte and recover the money.
When Kolte and Nandan arrive at the office, Kolte sends Nandan inside to get the money - as soon as Nandan leaves, Kolte is ambushed by Bala's men. He manages to escape and finds Patil's file, realizing its importance, he decides to blackmail Patil. Meanwhile Nandan is held up by his drunk boss as he attempts to get the packet. Kolte instructs him to come to secret warehouse. Nandan manages to get there but Bala and Omar ambush the warehouse with their respective men. In the resulting shootout, Nandan is the only survivor. Not learning his lesson about greed, he decides to take the money at the warehouse, but leaves the file. When the contents of the file are made public, Patil's political career is finished. He retires to his village and takes up farming, but Omar's men track him down and kill him.
- Kunal Khemu as Nandan Kumar
- Rasika Dugal as Lata Kumar, Nandan Kumar's wife
- Vijay Raaz as Bala Rathore
- Ranvir Shorey as Inspector Madhav Kolte
- Gajraj Rao as MLA Patil
- Aryan Prajapati as Ayush Kumar, Nandan Kumar's Son
- Shashi Ranjan as Abdul
- Sumit Nijhawan as Omar
- Nilesh Diwekar as Rajan, Bala's aide
- Aakash Dabhade as Graduate, Bala's aide
- Atul Todankar as MLA Patil's PA Subhash
- Vijay Nikam as Vasant Seth, Newspaper press owner
The filming started in the mid July 2019.
The first look poster was released on 16 September 2019. The film was scheduled to be released on 10 April 2020 but was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 June 2020, Disney+ Hotstar conducted virtual press conference where Uday Shankar announced that the film will release on Disney+ Hotstar exclusively as part of Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex initiative. It was released on 31 July 2020. The movie had its television premiere on 18 October at 11 am on Star Gold.
|Soundtrack album by |
Rohan-Vinayak and Amar Mangrulkar
|Released||28 July 2020|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The music for the film was composed by Rohan-Vinayak and Amar Mangrulkar, while the lyrics written by Shreyas Jain and Kapil Sawant.
|1.||"Pavitra Party"||Shreyas Jain||Rohan-Vinayak||Nakash Aziz, Keka Ghoshal, Arhaan Hussain||3:51|
|2.||"Laal Rang Ki Peti"||Kapil Sawant||Amar Mangrulkar||Vivek Hariharan||4:16|
|3.||"Muft Ka Chandan"||Shreyas Jain||Rohan-Vinayak||Romy, Shreyas Jain, Pinky Maidasani||3:26|
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