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Junglee Pictures’ Doctor G (A) is the story of a reluctant gynaecologist. Dr. Uday Gupta (Ayushmann Khurrana) wants to be an orthopaedician but there’s no seat available in that stream and so he is forced to get into gynaecology, a domain which, he thinks, is predominantly for female doctors. He is ragged by his group of all-female senior gynaecologists when he joins the hospital in the gynaecology department. Slowly but surely, he starts accepting gynaecology as his stream. An incident changes his life and also changes how he looks at gynaecology and gynaecologists.

Saurabh Bharat and Vishal Wagh have written a very fresh and quite a novel story about doctors. A subject of this kind has not been seen earlier and hence it appeals to the viewers. The screenplay, written by Sumit Saxena, Saurabh Bharat, Vishal Wagh and Anubhuti Kashyap, is very entertaining and sucks the audience into it. Of course, it remains a class-appealing subject but the light moments keep the viewers engaged and entertained. Whether it is the chatter between two friends — Dr. Uday Gupta and his buddy, Chaddi (Abhay Mishr) — or between Dr. Uday Gupta and his seniors or even between Dr. Uday Gupta and his mother, they all bring a smile to the face. Likewise, Dr. Uday Gupta’s awkwardness in the hospital while examining women patients, and his interactions with the no-nonsense senior doctor, Dr. Nandini (Shefali Shah), leave a smile on people’s faces. The drama takes a serious turn when Dr. Uday Gupta gets the case of a non-adult girl for medical termination of pregnancy. That part of the drama seems like a bit of an add-on but it soon integrates so well into the main story that by the time the drama reaches the climax, the audience gets completely taken into it. The romantic track between Dr. Uday Gupta and Dr. Fatima Siddiqui looks a bit forced and has not been established well enough. Overall, the drama may hold appeal more for the classes than the masses but it must be said that the writers have done a splendid job. The film has its heart in the right place. Sumit Saxena’s dialogues are outstanding.

Ayushmann Khurrana lives the role of Dr. Uday Gupta. He is extraordinary and shines in every single scene of the film. His nuances, his embarrassment, his body language, his hesitation in putting forward his point, his awkwardness, all add to his performance and make it so memorable that it is difficult to even imagine another actor in the role. Rakul Preet Singh does a fair job as Dr. Fatima Siddiqui. She gets limited scope only. Shefali Shah delivers a mind-blowing performance as Dr. Nandini. She remains in character all through and owns every scene in which she is seen. Sheeba Chadha is first-rate as Dr. Uday Gupta’s mother. She is extremely entertaining. Indranil Sengupta lends decent support as Dr. Ashok Gupta. Ayesha Kaduskar comes up with a terrific performance as Kavya. She is lovely! Abhay Mishr is endearing as Chaddi. Priyam Saha provides lovely support as Dr. Jenny. Shraddha Gautam is very cute as Dr. KLPD. Puja Sarup has her moments as nurse Sunita. Paresh Pahuja leaves a fine mark as Arif. Sanjana stands out in a brief appearance as Dr. Uday Gupta’s girlfriend, Richa. Karishma Singh (as Dr. Ruchi) and Dr. Anju Gaur (as Dr. Bosky) are natural. Sharvari Deshpande (as Priyanka Singh), Arif (as ward boy Shahjehan) and Raj Sharma (as Vinod Kumar Jaiswal) lend able support. Others are good.

Anubhuti Kashyap’s direction is very nice, sensitive and mature. Music (Amit Trivedi; additional music by Sultan Suleimani and Amjad-Nadeem) is so-so. Since the songs are background numbers, their impact is further reduced. Lyrics (Puneet Sharma, Rajshekhar, Kumaar and Amjad-Nadeem) are alright. Song picturisations (by Bosco-Caesar and Vijay Ganguly) are functional. Ketan Sodha’s background music is pretty effective and heightens the impact of the comic scenes. Eeshit Narain’s cinematography is very good. Production designing (by Bindiya Chhabria and Arvind Kumar) is of a fine standard. Prerna Saigal’s editing is very sharp.

On the whole, Doctor G is a good, class-appealing entertainer. It deserves to do well but having said that, it must be added that poor promotion will come in the way of the film realising its full potential. Many among the public do not know about the film’s release and several among them are not even aware of the film’s existence.

Released on 14-10-’22 at Inox (daily 6 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru White Lion Entertainment. Publicity: dull. Opening: poor. …….Also released all over. Opening was weak everywhere.