Director: Ravi Jadhav
Writer: Ravi Jadhav, Nikhil Mehrotra
Stars: Riteish Deshmukh, Dharmesh Yelande
Runtime: 2h 17min
Released: 23 Sep 2016
Storyline: Mickey a sound Recordist records a tune during Mumbai Ganpati festival and sends it to her friend Chritina in the US, Christina comes to Mumbai in search of the band.Christina along with Mickey audition many band but they don’t find the band which originally played the tune.Taraat who extorts money for local politician had played the tune with his band for the festive season he is given a job of showing Chritina the whole Mumbai but doesn’t disclose him self of being a Banjo player as he feels that as a Banjo player he and his band haven received the required respect.
Review: 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. The music could have been better though. Addition of unnecessary drama and random events in the second half slows down the pace considerably, also making the film a tad cliched.
Had this 137-minute film refrained from long cross-conversations and forced conflicts in the second half, it could have struck a better chord. Riteish has come out of his comfort zone and that’s the best thing about Banjo. Show patience in the second half, and it may work for you. There’s a lot to like in Banjo.
Banjo lacks the storytelling smarts that might have helped it work as a mass entertainer. If anything, it is a mangled mass of a movie. Banjo takes an awfully long time to come to the point. It is let down badly by the lack of a believable storyline and crushed by the burden of an inept and confused screenplay.
For a film about music none of the tracks scored by Vishal-Shekhar make an impression, with a few being indistinguishable from the other thanks to Jadhav’s extravagant staging and Bosco-Caesar’s uninspiring choreography. Banjo limps to its 137-minute running time leaving the viewers not high on great music but low on a listless outing.
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