Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri
Director: Ravi Jadhav
BANJO is a musical film dedicated to street musicians. It’s a story about a band who wants to make it big. Its lead, Taarat (Riteish Deshmukh) plays Banjo, and is a part-time racketeer. It’s a refreshing plot, but the film fails to captivate the viewers due to the ineluctable plot holes.
The film is a big let-down due to its tacky script. The writer has tried too hard to pack all the commercial elements in one story. The end result is poor. Rivalry, crime activity, romance and overly emotional parts can confuse a viewer regarding the genre of the movie. There are so many subplots going on in the movie that it becomes hard to catch up with the story.
Riteish Deshmukh’s character, Taarat, has the typical rockstar looks with long hair and grungy appearance. He is a man with a golden heart who is much respected in his slum. Riteish tries his best to save the character, but the script doesn’t give him much freedom to do so. He fails to bring the persona of a street musician on the silver screen.
Nargis Fakhri plays a DJ named Chris who hails from New York. She comes to Mumbai in order to find the best banjo band, as she wants to incorporate banjo in her music. Fakhri is an oddball in the movie. She offers weak dialogue delivery, awkward body language and unsatisfactory screen presence. You can’t form any connection with her character. The movie could have been better if a finer actress would have played the role.
In fact, the supporting actors like Dharmesh Yalande, Ram Menon and Aditya Kumar have played their roles very well. They are the saving grace of the movie. From their looks to the way they’ve acted out their roles of slum-dwellers, they have got everything on point. If only the story revolved more around them.
The National award winning director, Ravi Jadhav, has shown tremendous efforts when it comes to capturing the Worli village of Mumbai. He has made the slums of Mumbai come alive on the screen. Even the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is directed in all its majestic and colourful glory. But the loopholes in the movie reduce the impact of the outstanding direction.
The editing department has turned out to be flop. The movie could have been crispier and cleaner, but grotty editing has stretched the length of the movie. Shoddy editing turns the movie into a long boring affair.
The first half certainly tests our patience, but it’s the second half which actually enrages the viewers. You might need to take plenty of washroom breaks in order to escape the mess of a film Banjo becomes after the interval.
BANJO is the kind of movie which had the potential of becoming much more but the storyline destroys the movie. Banjo is an overly dull and unstimulating movie without any redeeming quality.