Good Luck Sakhi is a 2022 Indian Telugu-language sports comedy film written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The film stars Keerthy Suresh, Aadhi Pinisetty and Jagapathi Babu. The plot follows Sakhi (Keerthy) who supposedly brings bad luck to everyone. After an army colonel moves to town and opens a sharpshooting centre, she begins to train as a shooter to participate at the national level.The film was announced in April 2019 and marked Kukunoor's directorial debut in Telugu cinema. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music, with cinematography by Chirantan Das and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad. The film was shot in Hyderabad, Vikarabad and Pune, and was completed in September 2020.
The story starts with Sakhi or "Bad luck Sakhi" in a marriage proposal. While arriving the groom is injured as the horse stumbles. The scene is then continued by a song. We then see a normal villager, a shooting coach comes to visit her village where he decides to train some of them to represent the shooting squads. Sakhi is picked alongside Soori. Soori loots jewelry from the bus passengers using the gun from the coach and buys a new bike. The coach learns of all this and exiles him from the academy. Sakhi attends the shooting competition and refuses to participate after looking at the talented shooters. Coach encourages Sakhi and she goes on. Sakhi is caught using her lucky marbles which were given to her by Goli Raju in her childhood. Coach says that her concentration is more important than superstitions. Sakhi again continues without the marbles and is qualified for the national level. Everyone in the village is proud of her. Goli Raju still misunderstands the love of Sakhi and the coach.
The next day is Sakhi's national shooting competition. Disappointed due to the breaking up of her and Goli Raju, she loses her concentration in the competition and loses her aim. She then comes in eighth place. In the green room (before the final round), Sakhi tells the coach does not want to participate in the finals because of her bad luck and there arises a fight between them. She then goes to participate and purposefully misses her aim. Meanwhile, the famous actor selects Raju for the remake of Mayabazar and realizes that Sakhi and the coach told him that he was a talented actor. Goli Raju immediately rushes to Hyderabad along with the good luck marbles which Sakhi gave to him that day (which he gave to Sakhi in childhood). He reaches at the correct time and gives Sakhi the marbles. Sakhi remembers that in the last competition, her coach said that her concentration is more important than the superstitions. She drops the marbles purposefully and shoots her aim, leading her to win gold.
Nagesh Kukunoor initially wrote the script for Hrishikesh Mukherjee. After fifteen years it became the director's debut Telugu film. Kukunoor wanted Keerthy Suresh after watching her in Mahanati. The film was officially announced on 27 April 2019. The title Good Luck Sakhi was unveiled in November 2019. Keerthy plays a rural girl from Andhra Pradesh who supposedly brings bad luck to everyone. Following the accidental death of her fiancé just before their wedding, she begins to train as a sharpshooter to participate at the national level.
The film opened to negative reviews from critics and audience. A reviewer from The Hans India wrote: "Good Luck Sakhi is a sports drama that lacks strong characterisations and a gripping presentation. Despite good performances from all the key characters, the dull and predictable proceedings make "Good Luck Sakhi" a disappointing watch. The New Indian Express rated 1.5 out on 5 and wrote Good Luck Sakhi also positions itself as a woman-empowerment message movie, even if this angle becomes secondary to everything else. The vagueness in the narration doesn't always drive home the message: 'There's no such thing like luck, you determine your own destiny.' So nothing much stays with us once you step out of the theatre. Writing for The Hindu, Sangeetha Devi Dundoo wrote that the story was "simplistic and predictable," and falls way short of being another Iqbal.
Amy and Bob make up for not throwing Gabe his much delayed 12th birthday party by giving him a 12 1/2 birthday party, after Gabe promised to be good for a whole week. Unfortunately, Gabe's party falls on the same day as a huge blizzard, so they throw him a party at home. Meanwhile, Ivy and Teddy cannot get along with Ivy not liking Teddy's new boyfriend Derek, which causes a rift in their friendship. They go to each other's houses to settle their differences, the same day as the snow storm. Teddy is driven crazy by Ivy's parents Mary Lou and Harry while Ivy is having a great time celebrating Gabe's 12 1/2 birthday. Meanwhile, PJ helps Bob lose a few pounds.
Teddy uses Gabe and his friend Jake to go see a PG-13-rated movie so she can use it to win an internship at a news station. Meanwhile, Amy buys a pair of heels that cost $400 to go out to a party with and plans on returning them. She puts them away in until Charlie gets a hold of them and ruins the shoes. PJ tries to make amends with a kindergarten classmate after cutting the boy's ponytail.
The fifth Duncan member is one week overdue and Amy is in a bad mood and constantly rude to the family. Teddy tries to helping her by inducing labor, but Amy does not want to have the baby on Charlie's birthday because she fears the family will forget her. Meanwhile, Bob and PJ go out looking for a new car. After choosing their ideal car, the Serenade, they take it home, but to their luck, it does not fit inside the garage. Gabe is sent to buy Charlie a doll for her birthday, instead he ends up buying a video game, "Attack of the Zartians". Amy goes into labor on the day of Charlie's birthday and Teddy discovers that Amy forgot to mail the invitations to her birthday party, so she tells Gabe and PJ to throw her a birthday party; Gabe and PJ dress up as princesses in order to entertain her. As they rush to the hospital, Teddy's car runs out of gas. They hitchhike on an ice-cream truck to the hospital. As they are on their way to the hospital, Amy gives birth to their baby boy, Toby Duncan.
Just as Gabe is turning popular, Amy gets a part-time nursing job at his school. Gabe does not want Amy to ruin his biggest accomplishment, so they agree to pretend to not know each other; Amy uses her maiden name, Blankenhooper. Meanwhile, Teddy and Vonnie team-up to do a project, but the only reason Vonnie chose Teddy was to earn a good grade. When Teddy gets laryngitis, a clueless Vonnie is horrified because now she must do their project. Meanwhile, PJ has to baby-sit Charlie and Toby while Amy is working. After PJ's neighbor pays him to baby-sit her children, PJ and Emmett start a baby-sitting service.
The family celebrates Teddy's 18th birthday party including Beau, but Spencer unexpectedly shows up and tells Teddy that he still has feelings for her, which pressures Teddy into choosing between him and Beau. In the end, Teddy chooses Beau because her relationship with Spencer was too hard and Spencer said they couldn't be friends because it was too hard to be friends with her for him, because he was still in love with her. Meanwhile, Bob accidentally purchases a girl shirt for Gabe, and Gabe wears it to school and girls laugh at the shirt on him and ask him why is he wearing a girls shirt. So Bob wears a girl shirt himself to prove to Gabe that it doesn't matter what other people think. Also PJ's cooking instructor pretends to enjoy everything PJ does in order to get a good review on a teacher evaluation.
Bob drags Amy along to Denver Pest Control Association's annual function (Bug Prom). Amy complains that she has to go, and Teddy is glad that she does not have to go to one of these outings, until Beau asks her to go. The night turns into a disaster when Teddy finds out that Beau's aunt Karen is actually the woman that Amy can't stand, the one who worked at the hospital with her. Karen and Amy have a dance off competition. Gabe gets tickets to watch a new movie with Lauren, but she ends up going camping and so Mrs. Dabney tells Gabe to take her to the movies instead so the ticket is not wasted. Gabe agrees, but Mrs. Dabney talks loud in the theatre, and she and Gabe get kicked out. Meanwhile, PJ watches over Charlie and Toby, and also has to bake a cake for cooking school. It ends up not tasting that great, but then Charlie bakes a cake in her little oven which tastes really good, so PJ wants to forge it as his own.
Teddy finds it hard to make the last diary special. Amy is trying to get herself a full-time job on Good Morning Denver since the main lady is leaving the show. Gabe and Mrs. Dabney try to stop the new kid Matt, from pranking her. PJ and his friend Gravy try to have a food truck and sell Fish and Gravy but PJ doesn't think it is a good idea. PJ then gets the truck for himself and Bob gets to work with PJ selling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which everyone finds very good. Bob and Charlie find out Spencer is back in town and Teddy wants him at her going away party. Spencer said he'd think about it and then comes along with Victor, Skylar, Emmett, Mrs. Dabney, Lauren and Vonnie come to say goodbye. Teddy and Spencer sing a song because Charlie wants them to. The next day, when Spencer visits the Duncans because he left his jacket, Teddy and Spencer figure their colleges are not so far away from each other and they should meet up as friends. Before Spencer leaves, they kiss twice and end up back together. Everyone then gets rid of their new neighbors with a marching band practice which they would have every day. Mrs. Dabney sees that Toby will be the next "devil child."The series ends with Teddy making the last video diary with the whole family and they say together, Good Luck Charlie, also joined by Charlie.
Three of the best script writers in Hollywood collaborated for this modern classic. Beattie originally had the idea for the movie aged seventeen while riding in the back of a cab in his native Sydney. He then worked up a two-page treatment called The Last Domino, which he turned into a screenplay. Later he was lucky enough to be put in touch with Darabont and then Mann who both contributed revisions. 2b1af7f3a8