‘Crew’ movie review: The charming trio of Tabu, Kareena, and Kriti keeps this airy caper afloat

A glimpse from ‘Crew’s’ promotional material

From the creative team behind Veere Di Wedding, the movie Crew presents a narrative about three empowered ladies enjoying life, complemented by snappy editing and a quirky soundtrack that enlivens the somewhat delicate plot.

This cinematic piece epitomizes the heartwarming genre, with its characters radiating opulence even amidst strife. The film’s casting triumph features director Rajesh Krishnan skillfully polishing the escapades of the elite to inspire the social media-savvy crowd with polished portrayals of emotion. Veering between daring and daringly bold content, this breezy flick is determined to demonstrate that today’s women are just as capable of indulging and lamenting as their affluent male counterparts. Here, the women take center stage in a stylish performance, unlike previous aviation-themed tales rooted in masculinity.

The story follows three flight attendants, Geeta (Tabu), Jasmine (Kareena Kapoor), and Divya (Kriti Sanon), who juggle their domestic responsibilities with grace, yet find themselves ensnared in a series of events where they flirt with the fine line between necessity and avarice.

Crew (Hindi)

Director: Rajesh A Krishnan

Cast: Tabu, Kareena Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Kapil Sharma, Dilijit Dosanjh

Duration: 118 minutes

Storyline: The journey of three women struggling to make ends meet who stumble upon an opportunity to transform their lives in just one night

Based around the collapse of a famed airline, the writers concoct a mischievous chain of events. When fate presents a golden opportunity, the trio of air hostesses concoct an audacious heist. While the concept of outsmarting the swindler is tantalizing, writers Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri rely somewhat heavily on the star power of Tabu, Kareena, and Kriti to conjure magic from sassy banter. The film speaks to viewers in the same vein as the male characters who are easily beguiled by the leading ladies’ distractions. While Tabu and Kareena’s quips about aging strike a chord, the script lacks the robustness their talents merit.

The actresses establish an effortless chemistry from the outset, infusing their roles with sharp wit and sarcasm. Yet, they can’t fully mask the script’s lightweight nature with their dazzling glamor and acting prowess. Enhancing the resolution cannot improve the fundamental quality of an image. Eventually, the narrative becomes as tasteless and predictable as the routine of offering meal choices on a flight—a scenario the writers amusingly exploit for humor. The effort to provoke laughter is so transparent that it reflects the highlighted instructions in the script that director Krishnan expects to elicit chuckles or smiles.

Despite this, we continue to laud Tabu’s comedic finesse and her enchanting presence on screen, particularly evident when she effortlessly communicates overused tropes, like safety instructions, to her on-screen husband portrayed by Kapil Sharma. Kriti’s natural affinity for dramatics is noteworthy, but it’s Kareena Kapoor’s exceptional form that propels this journey. Even amidst the animated setting, the trio manages to evoke genuine empathy for their characters.

Co-stars Kapil and Diljit Dosanjh are offered limited scope to make an impact, confined to what appears to be a formula of minimal scenes and a closing song cameo. Saswata Chatterjee stands out as a flamboyant business magnate. The film’s soundtrack echoes the nostalgic beats of ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ from ‘Khal Nayak’, seamlessly working within the film’s context and serving as a nod to Laxmikant Pyarelal’s enduring composition. However, the persistent repetition of ‘Sona Kitna Sona’ from ‘Hero No. 1′ can grate on one’s nerves. As the narrative encounters turbulence in its latter segment, it seems the filmmakers entrusted the camera to the leading ladies’ capable hands. Fortunately, Krishnan maintains pace and wraps up the film before its sheen wears thin.

‘Crew’ is currently showing in theaters.

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