02 Hours 32 Minutes
Star Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet Singh
Directors: Milap Zaveri
Producer: Nikkhil Advani, Divya Khosla Kumar, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar
In Theaters: 15 November
"Massy Masala"- ‘Maddad mango Ali se ya Bajrang Bali se,’ goes one typical line which builds dialogues with rhyming words over a heavy Hindu-Muslim base.
It’s been a long time since an 80s’ kind of movie came along.
Writer-director Milap Zaveri has villains as dark as a moonless night who operate with impunity. ‘Maddad mango Ali se ya Bajrang Bali se,’ goes one typical line which builds dialogues with rhyming words over a heavy Hindu-Muslim base. This time, Milap also has a motley mix of challenged characters. Don Narayan Anna’s son Vishnu is height challenged. Hero Raghu is legitimacy challenged. With unknown parents, he was found in the gutter and raised by Anna in a white dhoti. Arzoo is respect-challenged, a bar dancer who sleeps with Raghu but doesn’t win his heart. Zoya, who Raghu falls deeply in love with at first sight, is speech-challenged and there’s much footage spent on her actions being verbalised by an interpreter. Wait, there’s more. There’s a kid who stammers and a sidekick whose legs are chopped off by Vishnu’s henchmen when he’s in the midst of his namaaz.
Zoya’s love turns Anna’s favourite hitman Raghu into a softie who won’t fight anymore. Until he’s forced to wake up and go for the kill to finish wicked Vishnu. Dassera and burning Raavan are the in-your-face metaphors for demolishing evil with Hanuman Chalisa being recited loudly at other points as easy reference for setting Lanka on fire. And there’s the Devdas trio of hero turning soppy with love, the girl he loses and the nautch girl who looks on helplessly.
Including one remix after the other being rolled out from the T-Series stable, it takes 136 minutes for Milap to destroy the devil.
This is definitely 136 minutes too long for the discerning viewer but would be paisa vasool to some extent for the depleting single screen audience that applauds overt Hindu-Muslim flavour and likes some action.
To be fair to Milap, he tells his story without complication. And the climax on Dassera day is dramatically shot.
The interesting mix of actors is also watchable. For handsome Sidharth Malhotra, playing the rough man of action who has a change of heart, is refreshing and he’s pretty good with his fists. Riteish Deshmukh as height-challenged Vishnu who has always resented Raghu, twitches and screws up his face most of the time to convey ruthless wickedness. Which works surprisingly. Tara Sutaria as Zoya who can’t speak looks pretty and is more at ease than she was in her debut film Student Of The Year 2.
Verdict: For an unapologetic single screen romance and revenge story, Marjaavaan gets a 2.5* rating.
Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.
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