Star Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria, Rakul Preet, Ravi Kishen
Director: Milap Zaveri
What’s Good: A genuine Riteish Deshmukh trying to justify a not-so-genuine story, “mass-masala aur theek-thaak sab kuch daala, par Marjaavaan ko banane mein Milap se ek aur cheez bhi gir gayi – dher saara meldorama”
What’s Bad: Only if I was allowed to write this entire review filled with dialogues, but I’m not & that’s bad & oh, the film too!
Loo Break: This film might teach you how to take loo breaks even when it ain’t required.
Watch or Not?:You might not return as the similar person you were before entering the cinema hall.
Raghu (Sidharth Malhotra) works for Anna (Nassar) who has a dwarf son Vishnu (Riteish Deshmukh). Raghu is loyal to Anna & Vishnu hates him because he isn’t daddy’s favourite. Enters Zoya (Tara Sutaria) who cannot speak but no one can stay silent in a Milap Zaveri film, even she gets to stay dialogues. Zoya, from Kashmir, is in a quest to search for kids who can sing in Mumbai’s slum area. Hmm!
As Raghu helps Zoya find those kids, he forgets he’s already in a relationship Aarzoo (Rakul Preet Singh). Few item songs later, as we’ve seen in the trailer, Vishnu kills Zoya (not because she’s too loud for a dumb person) but he has his reasons. So, now Raghu hates Vishnu as much as Vishnu hates him & then starts the revenge.
Marjaavaan Movie Review: Script Analysis
“Na Tipu, na Sultan, na Azhar, Salman bhai ka fan hoon, naam hai Mazhar.” “Maarunga kanpatti pe, dard mitega Ganpati pe.” “3 foot ke body se, 2 takke ki jaan nikal.” This actually had all the ammo of becoming a Gunda or Loha of our generation, the only problem is, some actors tried to act well. Hence, it ended up being in the “Na ghar ka, na ghaat ka” zone.
The only justification for penning this melodramatic story is following a formula without giving any solid thoughts about it. Milap took himself too seriously after Satyameva Jayate and tried to pull strings to the extent that everything was broken. It’s a commercial potboiler cooked on an extremely high temperature serving burnt food (just Googled, burnt food might give you cancer).
Marjaavaan Movie Review: Star Performance
So, it gets tough to judge the performances in movies such as this because there’s so much wrong, it’s hard to find anything right. Sidharth Malhotra is fine with Raghu, because of the theme of the film he goes overboard at times. That’s fine because a bad story rare lets anyone stay subtle.
Riteish Deshmukh is one of those exceptions because he enjoys whatever he does. He tries to convince you that he’ll unabashedly be Vishnu and you’ll have to adjust your mood according to him. He is very good at whatever he was offered. Tara Sutaria is an eternal beauty stuck in the wrong film. She manages to express herself very well but everything goes in vain because of the script.
Rakul Preet could’ve been a lot better and an asset to the film. She’s underutilised. Nora Fatehi’s single song manages to attract the maximum eyeballs than the entire movie combined. Ravi Kishen is as wasted as ‘ay’ in okay.
Marjaavaan Movie Review: Direction, Music
Milap Zaveri did a good job in John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate but this time he has gone too far. An outdated story with very forgettable dialogues & Milap messes everything up. He has tried to inculcate too much of ‘masala’ and has spoiled the dish. Without even looking for the logic, the movie fails to deliver what it promised from the trailers – entertainment.
At a point, it seemed there’s a movie adjusted in between the item numbers and not vice versa. Movie’s background title theme is well used but isn’t justified with as strong scenes. Jubin Nautiyal’s Tum Hi Aana is used multiple times and none of them leave any impact.
Marjaavaan Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, the movie targets the single-screen audiences and misses that terribly. Yes, masala movies in Bollywood are dying but that doesn’t mean we’ll start taking the wrong medicines to revive the patient.
One and a half stars!
Marjaavaan releases on 15th November, 2019.
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