Review of “Lantrani”: Jisshu Sengupta and Johny Lever’s film propels the anthology

Three stories by Kaushik Ganguly, Gurvinder Singh, and Bhaskar Hazarika, respectively, are featured in the anthology film “Lantrani.” Our assessment states that the Zee5 film, which examines important Indian concerns, is in the middle of a good and bad movie.

To Put It Briefly


“Lantrani” is a unique anthology that uses three different stories to unite India at its core.
The movie is realistic enough to see over the weekend, despite a few high points and down points.

Launch Date: February 9, 2024

Review of "Lantrani": Jisshu Sengupta and Johny Lever's film propels the anthology
Review of “Lantrani”: Jisshu Sengupta and Johny Lever’s film propels the anthology

When three acclaimed filmmakers work together on an anthology film, what happens? Deciphering the result is frequently difficult. One movie either excels and lifts the rest up, or they all fall flat. But Zee5’s most recent offering, “Lantrani,” an anthology with three charming stories by Kaushik Ganguly, Gurvinder Singh, and Bhaskar Hazarika, connects India fundamentally. This anthology features pairings you would never have thought to see on TV. But let’s examine the development of each of the three films in the anthology, keeping in mind the adage “seeing is believing.”

The first movie in the anthology is directed by Kaushik Ganguly and is titled “Hud Hud Dabang.” Before we get into the decoding, have you ever thought about seeing Jisshu Sengupta and Johny Lever together in a movie? Fortunately, there are some things that work better the less consideration we give them since overthinking destroys their enchantment. And that’s how Johny and Jisshu seem to be paired. So strange, yet so little! The dialogue from Jisshu is sparingly used in the movie. But when your eyes can speak for you, why needs words?

The movie moves like water in a stream, fusing slapstick humour with the lead actors’ unsettling assurance and shape-shifting with ease. Thought to be parody at first, it ends with a social commentary on that the LGBT population faces. Your emotions will be dragged throughout the movie, and you could find yourself taking a moment to relax after the final scene before seeing the next one.



The theme that unites all three films is “Hud Hud Dabang.” You’ll want to press pause, rewind, and watch it again because of the way it captures satire, emotions, and cinematography. The spirit of yin and yang is captured in the movie. Johny Lever presents them with ease thanks to his abundance of dialogues. Additionally, there’s Jisshu, who takes the audacious choice to portray a gay character. Even though he doesn’t say much, when he does, you will definitely cry.

The second Gurvinder Singh-directed movie, “Dharna Mana Hai,” also stars Jitendra Kumar and Malayalam actress Nimisha Sajayan. This movie proves that if you have a great screenplay and an engaging subject, you can occasionally get by without dialogue. The picture almost entirely without conversation from the outset, which could initially confuse viewers. On the other hand, the film explores the narrative of Gomti Devi, a woman from reserved caste who is chosen to be a new Sarpanch member, with some excellent performances. She challenges the odds by staging a demonstration outside the DDO office with her spouse as she becomes aware of her limitations despite her newfound authority.

In contrast to the other two short stories in the book, this one is the strongest and most endearing, yet it fell flat in several places. If the storyline for “Dharna Mana Hai” had been a little tighter, it could have been an even more enjoyable viewing. The movie could have used a bit more salt, even though it wasn’t about talent wasted.




The last movie in the anthology is Bhaskar Hazarika’s “Sanitised Samachar.” Despite having a compelling story at its centre, it ended up being the least strong entry in the lineup. The Covid-19 lockdown, which put livelihoods, the economy, and jobs at risk, is the central theme of the movie. With no alternative options in sight and staff getting unpaid for the past three months, a nearly bankrupt news channel is on the verge of closing.

Their luck changes when they accept sponsorship from a picky customer of a sanitizer company that tries to influence news coverage in order to advertise their product. They recruit a Covid-positive anchor who grudgingly agrees to join in order to survive as they fight against the odds.

The plot of “Sanitised Samachar” was cleverly conceived, however it was poorly carried out. The picture included a strong ensemble, but the frames may have been more appealing to the viewer with a sharper storyline. If you seen the first two films and find this a little disappointing, stay tuned for the final scene (sorry, no spoilers!).


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All in all, “Lantrani” addresses three modest but important problems that India is presently facing. All the films conclude with a significant lesson, but none of them seem preachy. Despite popular belief, political humour is not political.

“Lantrani” may be your best option if you’ve been searching for a realistic weekend film that isn’t too taxing on the eyes or the mind. It’s a movie with some hits and misses, but that’s just reality.


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