Phantom Films, Reliance Entertainment & Eros Pictures present “Bhavesh Joshi Superhero”
Produced by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena & Vikramaditya Motwane
Directed by: Vikramaditya Motwane
Written by: Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap & Abhay Koranne
Music: Amit Trivedi
Starring: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Priyanshu Painyuli, Ashish Verma, Shreiyah Sabharwal, Nishikant Kamat,
Sicku aka Sikandar Khanna (Harshvardhan Kapoor), Bhavesh Joshi (Priyanshu Painyuli) and Rajat (Ashish Verma) are three buddies fighting against corruption, wearing masks, and then uploading videos. This is part of the India Against Corruption movement some years ago. Later, one old man tells Bhavesh about a great water scam perpetrated by a mafia. Bhavesh exposes it with evidence on video.
A chain of circumstances lead to Bhavesh, however, being beaten up by crowds as an anti-national. Undeterred, he continues his mission and is murdered by the goons, led by Rana (Nishikant Kamat). Sicku is set to go to the US on a job and instead returns from the airport for revenge, turning into a resolute vigilante. And he calls himself Bhavesh Joshi now!
The problem with the film is its total disconnect with the audience. Questions about common sense and logic, plausibilities and absurdities can be asked – this is without exaggeration – a few dozen times. For a banner, director and writers known for “reality” and for the lead actor’s claim that the film is “relatable” as well, what is going on is simply too stupid at base. Add the incoherence in the narrative, whose paced varies between a somnambulistic plod and a frantic bolt, and we have a storyline that makes you restive, starting from 15 minutes into the oh-so-over-tedious run-time of 2.35!
Needless sequences, darkness for the sake of it (a Phantom tradition) and scathing disrespect for audiences emphasize this tale in which we neither feel any empathy nor sympathy for the protagonists. Bhavesh is so silly in his idealism on occasion that when Sicku uploads the video that gets him beaten as a traitor, we feel little for him. And Bhavesh does not even bother to apologize later, making these so-called amends only after he is killed! As for the humor, I may laugh better by tickling myself!
“Tere Chumme Mein Chwanprash Hai” is the only song that lingers, but its film version lacks Arjun Kapoor, who has featured in the promo video. The camerawork is shoddy or gaudy, and the editing team needed to be woken up to work – but maybe their stupor was initiated by the content!
Vikramaditya Motwane remains THE overrated director of this decade, come “Udaan,” “Lootera,” “Trapped” or this film, and every successive movie highlights it so clearly even after the hyped “Udaan.” No wonder, every film of his has neither merit nor has earned profit, as in most cases, these two aspects are related.
From the supporting cast, everyone goes through the motions, but Verma and even Painyuli do well. The actor playing the cop who spares Sicku’s life also shines with his perfect expressions.
Harshvardhan Kapoor is largely expressionless and emotionless, and now holds the dubious record of being the ONLY star-progeny who has begun his career with two disasters. If he does not – pronto! – get off his high horse, junk such cinematic trash and discard his pseudo brigade of filmmakers, he will be junked along with far less talented star progeny who disappeared from the face of the filmland earth.
Good films do well even with another good co-release, and bad films are trashed despite no competition, but the worst scenario is when an atrocious film like this is pitted against an above-average product. The only thing intelligent about releasing this imbecile product against “Veere Di Wedding” (ironically featuring Harshvardhan’s father and two sisters) is that there is an excuse ever-ready for the drubbing this junk would have got anyway.
But vis-à-vis that film, for sisters Sonam and Rhea in the other movie, this one is about “Veere Di WASTING,” for “Veere” means their brother here!
Rating: * (I am in a charitable mood!)