“Selfiee” Movie Review: A Hilarious Comedy Enhanced by Outstanding Performances – “Selfiee” presents the story of Vijay Kumar (Akshay Kumar), a megastar, who faces an unexpected challenge while shooting a movie in Bhopal. To complete his shoot on time, he urgently needs a driver’s license, but a misunderstanding with the motor vehicle inspector, Om Prakash Agarwal (Emraan Hashmi), leads to a feud. What was once Vijay’s ardent fan now insists that the hero must go through the legal process of obtaining a license like any common citizen, even if it takes up to a month. The problem is, Vijay has to leave for the US within a week. Will he manage to secure the license before his departure?
The movie offers a delightful blend of punchlines and stellar performances. Emraan Hashmi’s portrayal of a super fan turned nemesis is remarkable, as he maintains the facade of a middle-class, humble man, even when undertaking heroic actions. Akshay Kumar’s references to his own stardom, movie choices, and famous ‘jabde wali smile’ are a treat for fans. However, one drawback is Emraan’s Bhopali accent, which occasionally falters.
Director Raj Mehta, reuniting with Akshay after “Good Newwz,” adeptly handles the first half of the movie, infusing it with entertainment and witty one-liners that Akshay delivers effortlessly. The second half, focusing on the face-off between the two protagonists, is not as high on humor but remains engaging. The film also takes a dig at the trial by media phenomenon and the #BoycottBollywood movement, though the depiction of loud electronic media coverage feels repetitive.
The main leads, Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi, shine, and the supporting cast, including Abhimanyu Singh and Meghna Malik, deliver impressive performances. Meghna’s comic timing in scenes with Akshay is noteworthy. Diana Penty plays the role of Vijay’s wife, Naina, with elegance and supportiveness. Nushrratt Bharuccha’s portrayal of a young Bhopali woman, Minty, is well-executed.
The music, including the dance-worthy redux of ‘Main Khiladi’ by Anu Malik and Tanishk Bagchi, along with the title track by Lijo George-DJ Chetas and ‘Sher’ by Vikram Montrose, adds to the film’s appeal.
Overall, “Selfiee” offers an enjoyable, lighthearted experience with strong performances and moments that will make you burst into laughter. If you’re seeking a rib-tickling comedy for the weekend, this film is a great choice.