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

Ikkat is essentially a 2-hour episode of a husband and wife trying very hard not to kill each other. The couple, played by Nagabhushana and Bhoomi Shetty, and an unnamed pest control guy are looking for a spider, which is of a massive size, the kind that is usually found in Amazon rainforests or Fantastic Beasts films. They had earlier done a web series called Loose Connection for a YouTube page, Sakkath Studio. The comedy stems from the couple’s struggle to cope with life during lockdown. For some unexplained reasons, the massive spider has made a home in a cramped two-room apartment of Vasu (Nagabhushana) and Janvi (Bhoomi Shetty). The eight-legged creature seems to be a metaphor of sorts for trouble in marriage. While it is not explicit, the film also reflects on how the lockdown added to the burden of women at home. Well, the origin of the spider or how it entered the couple’s life is not the main concern. A distant relative with a serious cough also shows up at their door uninvited, adding to the already sticky situation. Ikkat is the first feature film of filmmakers Esham and Haseen Khan. Amazon Prime Video’s latest Kannada film Ikkat, which premiered on July 21, opens with three people in a house, searching frantically for something that is hiding in the walls. However, “the spider”, hiding in the wardrobe or under the cot, complicates things. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Movie Review News, download Indian Express App. Vasu and Janvi, who are contemplating divorce, are forced to tolerate each other for the next 21 days. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. But, it is smart, funny and witty. The film seamlessly captures the initial paranoia created by news channels, nosy neighbours, the discomfort of hosting uninvited guests and silly things people did to amuse themselves. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Written by Manoj Kumar R
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Updated: July 21, 2021 5:28:07 pm

Ikkat is helmed by Esham and Haseen Khan. Ikkat is packed with clean humour, which is rooted in the way Bengalureans live, talk, eat and entertain each other. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. And no matter what they do, the couple can’t seem to get rid of it.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
The film is set in the backdrop of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent blanket lockdown that brought the entire country to a standstill. The scene establishes that there is a spider (marital discord) in the relationship. That explains the duo’s episodic narrative style, which feels like you are watching daytime television.