While writing the review for Judwaa2, I observed that it was sad to see Anupam Kher in roles that hardly did justice to his talent. I further said that perhaps, he finds redemption by making films like Ranchi Diaries. I had based my comments solely on the trailer. The joke is on me now. Compared to Ranchi Diaries, Judwaa 2 was a sensible mature film.
The film opens with the bank robbery in progress but soon goes back in time. It then jumps all over the place before it reverts to the robbery. You get frustrated with the story not making any sense. The heist part itself is too long. It takes a special talent to make a bank robbery look boring and Ranchi Diaries has managed to do that. Added to that, the writer-director thinks packing all masala elements haphazardly will help pack the auditorium. So you have item songs inserted when not only do they not make sense but look absurdly silly. Perhaps, that’s the director’s idea of a comedy?
Gudiya (Soundarya Sharma) is a local YouTube star who wants to be a pop singer. Her romantic interest Manish (Himansh Kohli) is a safe breaker and his sole aim is to be with Gudiya. Manish has a friend in Pinku (Taaha Shah), who runs a food stall but dreams of becoming a big gangster. The trouble in their life is the local all powerful politician Thakur Bhaiya (Anupam Kher) who has eyes for Gudiya. In a convoluted mix up Manish is kidnapped by Thakur Bhaiya’s goons while Pinku and his friends kidnap the younger brother of Thakur Bhaiya but are caught by Thakur bhaiya’s men. In police custody for the kidnapping, the sub inspector Choubey (Satish Kaushik) decides to make a tidy sum for himself from the boys. Desperate to extricate themselves from the mess, Gudiya plans a bank heist with Manish, Pinku and his friends. This is supposed to be a comic take on Ocean’s Eleven and even shows that the characters are inspired by Mahasagar Gyarah; however there’s hardly anything in the film that can be called comic.
As the writer-director, Sattwik Mohanty is squarely responsible for the poor screenplay and sub-par direction. For a first time director, this is an incredibly lazy debut. Of the cast, Anupam Kher and Jimmy Shergill as the honest cop are good but they have short screen time. Himansh Kohli seriously needs acting lessons. The Ranchi accent is a mix of urban English and forced Bhojpuri. I have been to Ranchi and have not heard the exaggerated accent the characters in the film speak. Soundarya Sharma and Taaha Shah have talent but are let down by a flawed script. As far as music is concerned “Thoda Aur” is catchy. The item songs are clearly out of place. This film proves that you don’t become a director just because you have been an assistant on a few good films. Sattwik Mohanty has to go a long way before he becomes a true director.
Rating : 1/5
Starring: Soundarya Sharma, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Satish Kaushik, Himansh Kohli, Taaha Shah
Director: Sattwik Mohanty