Ikkat movie review: Amazon’s Kannada comedy is smart and funny

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Amazon Prime Video’s newest Kannada movie Ikkat, which premiered on July 21, opens with three individuals in a home, looking frantically for one thing that is hiding within the partitions. The couple, performed by Nagabhushana and Bhoomi Shetty, and an unnamed pest management man are on the lookout for a spider, which is of an enormous dimension, the sort that is normally present in Amazon rainforests or Fantastic Beasts movies.

For some unexplained causes, the large spider has made a house in a cramped two-room condo of Vasu (Nagabhushana) and Janvi (Bhoomi Shetty). Well, the origin of the spider or the way it entered the couple’s life is not the primary concern. The eight-legged creature appears to be a metaphor of kinds for bother in marriage.

The scene establishes that there is a spider (marital discord) within the relationship. And it doesn’t matter what they do, the couple can’t appear to do away with it.

The movie is set within the backdrop of the primary wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the following blanket lockdown that introduced the complete nation to a standstill. Vasu and Janvi, who’re considering divorce, are pressured to tolerate one another for the following 21 days. However, “the spider”, hiding within the wardrobe or underneath the cot, complicates issues. A distant relative with a severe cough additionally exhibits up at their door uninvited, including to the already sticky state of affairs.

Ikkat is filled with clear humour, which is rooted in the way in which Bengalureans reside, discuss, eat and entertain one another. The comedy stems from the couple’s battle to deal with life throughout lockdown. The movie seamlessly captures the preliminary paranoia created by information channels, nosy neighbours, the discomfort of internet hosting uninvited friends and foolish issues individuals did to amuse themselves. While it is not specific, the movie additionally displays on how the lockdown added to the burden of ladies at dwelling.

Ikkat is the primary function movie of filmmakers Esham and Haseen Khan. They had earlier executed an internet collection referred to as Loose Connection for a YouTube web page, Sakkath Studio. That explains the duo’s episodic narrative type, which seems like you’re watching daytime tv. Ikkat is basically a 2-hour episode of a husband and spouse making an attempt very laborious to not kill one another. But, it is smart, funny and witty.

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