Judgementall Hai Kya, starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao has just hit the screens. The film deserves applause for pushing the envelope of a quirky thriller that goes beyond a basic whodunnit.
Movie Name: Judgementall Hai Kya
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao
Director: Prakash Kovelamudi
“Kaun galat hai? Kaun sahi? Agnipariksha toh deni padegi. Har yug mein di jaati hai.” Ages ago, Sita had to go through an agniparishka to prove her chastity, and in Prakash Kovelamudi’s psychotic world, agnipariksha is the real test of Bobby Garewal’s (Kangana Ranaut) sanity.
A damaged and psychotic woman who is the black sheep of Garewal family. A loner with an eclectic sense of fashion and a dark sense of humour. A sceptic who trusts no one but her mind and its playful games. A dubbing artist who aspires to be a heroine, but gets obsessed with each of her characters. A crazy who chooses three-month asylum over Rs 20,000 fine. A mad hatter who makes origami cranes out of gruesome newspaper clips.
Amid the blissful chaos, Bobby bumps into a seemingly average man Keshav (Rajkummar Rao) and his wife Rima (Amrya Dastur) who are her new tenants, and gets drawn to their romance. But their too-good-to-be-true love story gets Bobby a little psyched. Just when she is getting closer to the reality, a murder breaks down. Bobby believes Keshav is behind the gruesome act. But is he or is it her imagination?
Judgementall Hai Kya plays with the mind, and that’s its USP. Kovelamudi’s narrative is quirky, trippy, crisp and keeps you on the edge throughout. It’s not your usual whodunnit thriller because Judgementall Hai Kya moves beyond suspense and delves into something deeper.
Through Bobby and Keshav, Kovelamudi gives an insight into a world that many are unaware of. An unapologetic acceptance of oneself.
While the first half is entertaining, intriguing and engaging, the second half is a tad bit stretched. Despite being a 121 minute film, Kolevamudi makes the second half a tiring affair.
However, Kangana and Rajkummar make up for it with their brilliant performances. Kangana is a firecracker in Judgementall Hai Kya. She plays the character to perfection, getting the nuances and quirks right. She brings in a certain childlike vulnerability to Bobby and that’s what makes her stand out. Rajkummar holds his ground as an edgy and macho Keshav, and delivers one of his best performances. Jimmy Sheirgill impresses with his cameo as he finally branches out of his usual roles.
Writer Kanika Dhillon makes a brave attempt with an interesting plotline and good dialogues. The undertone of Ramayana makes the story richer. If the script is a winner, so is the cinematography and production design. A scene wherein Kangana is dealing with the voices in her mind has been shot brilliantly. Film’s music is edgy and works well with the script.
Prakash Kovelamudi deserves applause for pushing the envelope with a quirky thriller that goes beyond the basic realms of a whodunnit, and makes people think and absorb. It treads into a zone Bollywood rarely ventures into. Leave your judgements at home and watch this film.
Source: India Today0