Deepti (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Varun Batra (Akshay Kumar) are a posh, high-flying married couple, living in Mumbai and therefore are much concerned with their various careers. Deepti also has her heart set on having a baby and after trying for a couple of years and then, some prodding from the family, both Varun and she decide to consult one of the best fertility specialists in town. The physician advises IVF and they’re ready for it. Only hitch, few days following the process is via, Deepti and Varun are advised there has been a sperm mix-up with another couple with the exact name. Enter’the Batras out of Chandigarh’ into their lives. Honey (Diljit Dosanjh) and Monika (Kiara Advani) are a loud Punjabi couple and today it’s an entire clash of sensibilities between the 2 collections of Batras. As both Deepti and Monika shortly find out they are pregnant, the rest of the movie forms how many couples come to terms and deal with this odd circumstance.
Through a lot of its own runtime, director Raj Mehta ensures ‘Good Newwz’ remains true to its genre with several light-hearted and funny moments. Add to this, the pace of the movie stays tight. Although given the topic and assumption, the narrative occasionally edges into a few debatable zones and a number of the jokes seem off color. There is also a tendency to over explain and simplify in some portions which stick out. All this is from the trailer but that which follows is a natural progression in the narrative, filled with situational comedy, causing a sumptuous play. The change from comedy to drama in the final half hour of this film slides in very easily. The tone changes completely but the inflection never seems jarring or unwarranted.
Kareena Kapoor Khan makes the most of her meaty part by sinking her teeth into it. Having worked with seasoned comedy filmmakers such as Priyadarshan and Rajkumar Hirani, one understands she’s impeccable comic timing. But in this film, besides some sarcastic retorts into Akshay’s character, she lets the boys do the majority of the comedy. She shines the many either in reacting or the magnificent scenes. A particular reference to her for pulling off the scene she’d said she did the film — towards the end of the movie , she delivers a monologue into Varun, critisising him for being a non-supportive husband while she has to endure the brunt of pregnancy alone.
Akshay, who likely has the best character graph in the film, is great at humor, as he’s proved time and again through the years. Here, the humor is not near the Housefull franchise but more on the lines of his personality in Jagan Shakti’s space play Mission Mangal earlier this season. He delivers some skillfully written lines with his trademark face. And naturally, he does both with enormous certainty.