Laxmii is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language horror comedy action film written and directed by Raghava Lawrence, marking his directorial debut in the Hindi film industry. A remake of his own Tamil film Kanchana (2011), it stars Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani, whilst Ayesha Raza Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Ashwini Kalsekar and Sharad Kelkar play pivotal roles. The film revolves around a man who gets possessed by the ghost of a transgender person. Kumar, also produced the film under his Cape of Good Films and Fox Star Studios, along with Tusshar Kapoor’s newly launched production company
Aasif does not believe in ghosts. He lives with his wife Rashmi and his late brother’s son Shaan. They’re invited to Rashmi’s parents’ Ratna and Sachin’s house for their silver jubilee. Rashmi’s father disapproves of the couple as Rashmi, a Hindu, had eloped with Aasif, a Muslim, but her mother is kind to them. They meet Rashmi’s brother Deepak and his wife, Ashwini. Aasif and Shaan visit the grounds next door that are believed to be haunted. While he is putting stumps into the ground for a game of cricket, the stumps hit a buried body. Blood gets on the stumps but Aasif mistakes it for wet soil and washes it off into the house’s lemongrass plant.
Following this, Ratna, Ashwini, and Deepak all have supernatural experiences in the house. Following a priest’s instructions, they confirm that there is indeed a spirit present among them. Aasif makes lemongrass tea with the same plant he washed the blood in. When he drinks it, the ghost possesses him, and he begins to act effeminate, and goes on killing sprees at night, alerting the family, who now all accept Aasif, that something is wrong. It is revealed that three ghosts have kept him: a violent transgender woman, a Muslim man, and a mentally disabled boy. Aasif’s family hires an exorcist who drives the main spirit out of his body; trapped, the ghost reveals her story.
Laxman Sharma alias Laxmii was disowned by her parents as a child for being transgender. She is taken in by a kind Muslim named Abdul Chacha, who has a mentally disabled son. Regretting that she could not become a doctor because of her parents’ lack of support, Laxmii adopts another transgender girl named Geeta and works hard to support her financially. When Geeta leaves to study medicine abroad, Laxmi buys a plot of land to construct a hospital. The crooked MLA Girja unlawfully seizes her property. When Laxmii angrily confronts Girja and his wife, they brutally murder her, Abdul Chacha, and his son, and bury the bodies in Laxmii’s own land, the grounds that are now next door. Laxmii has already killed Girja’s henchmen while possessing Aasif earlier.
After hearing her story, Aasif is heartbroken at the lack of justice for her. Thus, he willingly lets her possess him once more to complete her revenge. Laxmi kills Girja’s wife and bodyguards but Girja seeks refuge in a Goddess Laxmi temple, which Laxmii cannot enter, being a ghost. However, Aasif, being human, can enter, and has Laxmii leave his body before forcibly dragging Girja out. Laxmii returns and finally kills Girja. Three months later, Aasif has constructed the hospital as per Laxmii’s dream. It is revealed that Laxmii now exists symbiotically in Aasif’s body to help him out when the need arises.
Akshay Kumar as Aasif Ahmed
Kiara Advani as Rashmi Ahmed (Nee’Rajput), Aasif’s wife
Sharad Kelkar as Laxman Sharma alias Laxmii
Aryan Preet as Young Laxmii
Rajesh Sharma as Sachin Rajput, Rashmi’s Father
Ayesha Raza Mishra as Ratna Rajput, Rashmi’s Mother
Manu Rishi Chadda as Deepak Rajput, Rashmi’s Brother
Ashwini Kalsekar as Ashwini Rajput, Deepak’s Wife
Tarun Arora as MLA Girja
Muskaan Khubchandani as Palak
Prachee Shah Paandya as Girja’s Wife
Adhvik Mahajan as Angad, Girja’s Younger Brother
Amika Shail as Angad’s girlfriend
Biju Antony as Pankaj Rana
Vinita Joshi as Anjali
Mir Sarwar as Abdul Chacha
Rajesh Dubeay as Pandit Ji
Vijay Jasper as Shahnawaz Peer Baba
Arun Shekhar as Sarpanch
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