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Banjo Movie Review

Banjo Movie Review 

Average Ratings:2.35/5
Score: 20% Positive
Reviews Counted:10

Ratings:2/5 Review By:Rajeev Masand Site:CNNNews18

With Banjo, Ravi Jadhav, director of celebrated Marathi hits Natrang, Balak Palak and Timepass, makes a strong case for recognising small-time street musicians as bonafide artistes who have the potential to create vibrant, original music. In the end, the notion of a film about an undervalued genre of musicians is more compelling than Banjo itself. It starts out from a promising place, but never make any leaps or strides. I’m going with a generous two out of five.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Anupama Chopra Site:Film companion

Jhadav’s unique voice gets flattened out quickly. The culprits are a convoluted, over-stuffed storyline, excessive visual razzmatazz and an uneven soundtrack. Jhadav is a celebrated, National-award winning Marathi film director. He’s making his Hindi film debut here but much is lost in translation. The flashes of freshness are drowned by the illogical melodrama. After all, how seriously can you take any film in which a permanently pouty Nargis Fakhri roams around Mumbai slums in tiny shorts looking for a Banjo band?

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Sukanya Site:Rediff

Banjo makes a winsome start but takes an awfully tedious route to achieve its happily ever after.Between musicians who double up as goons and a encroachment arc that goes nowhere, Jadhav derails from a slum to stardom tale to tangle itself in needless complication, conflict and melodrama through murder attempts, fall from grace, awakened conscience and a supremely unconvincing rift. By the time Banjo serves its dark horse comeback to a pounding Vishal-Shekhar spectacle laced in unabashed Maharashtrian pride, indifference has seeped in.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Hungama Site:Bollywood Hungama

Being an experienced hand in ‘meaningful direction’, he has done a decent job in BANJO. But due to the film’s weak writing and confused narrative, there are places where the film tends to go off-track. On the whole, BANJO fails to strike the right notes on account of its low hype, confused second half and bizarre culmination. At the Box-Office, it will struggle for decent footfalls.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Surabhi Site:Koimoi

Banjo is easily passable. Why would you waste your money to watch Nargis’ acting and Riteish juggling between his Lai Bhaari and rockstar character. Banjo could be termed as the most boring music-based film ever! It is a haphazard film that tests your patience until the end!

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Renuka Site:Times Of India

While the story is pretty formulaic (a bunch of street musicians making it big by winning against all odds), the execution and supporting performances are heartfelt.If you are familiar with Mumbai’s working-class neighbourhoods, where the hearts of the poor are bigger than the pay packages of those residing in the mushrooming high-rises, you’ll be able to notice the beauty of Banjo. It also makes you respect the street musicians a little more.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By:RohitSite:Hindustan Times

A good musical drama suddenly changes into an average formula tale of a hero with a golden heart, villains who can consider a sudden change of mind, heroine with a knack for dancing and stretched dialogue-baazi. This loosens the noose that was so intelligently set. The second half keeps dragging for no apparent reasons. At one point, you even feel like watching another film in the ABCD franchise. Thankfully, Jadhav realises it in time, and resorts again to the underdog story.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Sreeju Site:BollywoodLife

If Banjo had been made by a lesser-known director, these flaws were forgivable to some extent. But Ravi Jadhav is a man who gave us Natarang and Bal Gandharva, so this mess of a film is inexcusable.Banjo would have been a really good entertainer, if the film had stuck to what the title had promised, instead of straying to other subplots. If you are a Mumbaikar then this is a one time watch for you.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Vicky Site:SpotBoye

I drove down to see Banjo this evening thinking that it will be a headache and I came out feeling quite sheepish. Ravi Jadhav’s directorial debut in Bollywood is definitely a one-time watch and you are going to be impressed at several points. Play it again? No, some movies don’t have a repeat value— but I repeat that you’ll have fun if you go for Banjo once.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By:Manjusha Site:GulfNews

Banjo, led by Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri, seems to be grappling with an identity crisis. Should it be a formulaic action drama or a feel-good drama about underprivileged musicians living in Mumbai slums seems to be the debate raging in director Ravi Jadhav’s head. While Banjo should ideally have been a showcase for Deshmukh to flex his acting muscles in a solo hero project, this film struck all the wrong notes for me.

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Banjo  Story:  

The film is musical action drama, in which Riteish will play the character of a Banjo player while Nargis will portray the role of a DJ. A banjo player seeks fame, success, and respect.

Banjo  Release Date:

Sep 23 2016

 Director:  Ravi Jadhav

 Producer:    Krishika Lulla

Riteish Deshmukh as Taraat
Nargis Fakhri
Dharmesh Yelande

Run Time:  2 hours and 16 Minutes

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