Disney+ Hotstar recently released the first trailer for the upcoming Indian dark comedy good luck jerryfeaturing Janhvi Kapoor as a docile but brave young woman who finds herself embroiled in a drug trafficking operation. The film also features Deepak Dobriyal, Mita Vasisht, Neeraj Sood and Sushant Singh.
The trailer opens with large bold letters announcing that we are in the state of Punjab in northern India. The massive agrarian state, known as “The Breadbasket of India” because of its large wheat production, is also a notorious center for the illicit drug trade. A few years ago, another detective comedy, Udta Punjab, has gotten into trouble with local government over its portrayal of the state as a drug addiction hub. Incidentally, one of the main characters in this film, played by Alia Bhatwas a migrant from the state of Bihar in eastern India.
Jerry, the protagonist of this film, is also a “Bihari”. She finds herself in the midst of a mostly foreign culture, without a father, a terminally ill mother at home, and a younger sister to care for. With her back to the wall, she decides to join a local drug cartel, and become a kind of mule. She stuffs the contraband inside momos, which are a dumpling-style street food that originated in neighboring Tibet and Nepal but is popular across India. She mostly gets away with it because of her unassuming appearance, but is eventually sniffed out and caught up in a turf war. The trailer highlights the offbeat tone of the film, which mixes fish-out-of-water comedy, old-school Indian melodrama, and gritty crime. It ends with a tease from Jerry turning the tables on the men who have been calling the shots so far.
good luck jerry seems like a creative swing for Kapoor, who is the daughter of the late screen legend Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor. During her short career, she has earned a reputation as a Gen Z streaming star, having appeared in Netflix projects ghost stories and Gunjan Saxena: Kargil’s Daughter. This is his first Disney+ Hotstar project. But this is the second time that the producer Aanand L. Rai has collaborated with the streamer, which is an offshoot of Disney+ that operates in Southeast Asian territories. He previously led Arangi Re for Disney+ Hotstar last year.
Rai revealed he was thrilled to have collaborated with the streamer on such a “unique” film. In his own words:
“In Good Luck Jerry, we have created a unique synergy from the moral dilemmas and life stresses surrounding the turbulent life of an ordinary man. Viewers can expect a touch of comedy and drama through various aspects of this film. Glad to have embarked on this journey with Disney+ Hotstar to bring Jerry’s thrilling yet hilarious story to audiences.
Realized by Siddharth Sen, good luck jerry is slated for a July 29 release on Disney+ Hotstar. You can watch the trailer here and read the official synopsis for the film below:
Featuring a whirlwind journey involving a tumultuous family, a drug mafia, multiple lovers, and the police, GoodLuck Jerry is a counter-survival drug for the wittiest when pushed to the wall. Here, chaos unfolds at every turn. The film stars Janhvi Kapoor as a docile yet gritty character with a formidable ensemble, including Deepak Dobriyal, Mita Vashisht, Neeraj Sood, and Sushant Singh.