Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

The reality of a corrupt country meets our comic book superhero – minus superpowers.

Three college graduates who are bothered by the state of corruption in Mumbai and the inconveniences that causes to the common man are all inclined to make a change – yet at different levels of passion. When one of them dies pursuing the cause another one is left with a choice to carry on his friend’s mission or move to America for a cushy job. As he feels guilty for his friend’s death he dons a superhero mask and sets out to take on the bad guys.

Had Siku’s character been a bit more realistic this could have turned into a solid drama hitting the nerve of the national PITA (pain in the a$$). Or if Vikramaditya Motwane had given Siku a few superpowers I could have stopped being bothered by a 9-5 engineer’s sudden courage and action skills and just enjoyed this as an out and out superhero movie. Trying to make it a blend of both took away credibility from both genres.

After seeing Harshvardhan’s rather dismal first attempt at acting Bhavesh Joshi Superhero – his second movie – seemed a lot better. Despite being an action movie he didn’t puff up to an extent that would make him look unreal, nor is he trying to (sorely) stand out with over the top acting.

The storyline was there; so much so that the annoyances endured by people in the plot start getting under your skin but the resolution of them in a half-baked superhero attempt don’t allow me to give this one more than half the rating points. (5/10)

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Madaari

Interesting choice of name for a plot who’s main character is as much victim as he is perpetrator. Shred an inconspicuous person’s existence into pieces and the results can be unpredictable on the spectrum from killing themselves to killing others. Nishikant Kamat struck a commendable balance within that spectrum with a climax that’s the crowning glory to the entire buildup of this movie.

It takes a lot to single-handedly carry the entire weight of a movie this focused on one’s shoulders. Very few actors/actresses meet that challenge with victory. Irrfan Khan is THE ideal actor for Nirmal’s role. An Aam Aadmi who goes under the skin of his character and let’s you live the story through his eyes.

Nishikant Kamat went a bit astray in the middle, taking too long to put the patchwork together – hence nearing the edges of my patience – but the climax more than made up for it! Pay special attention to the Baaz and Chuja quote the movie begins with and how that plays into opening the climax. Beautifully done! (8/10)

Madaari

Drishyam

The Singham man is back with vengeance! This time he fights an intellectual battle to protect the one thing he holds dearest: his family. The story of a common man staring palpable fear in the eyes and guiding his family to the safer shore. Beautiful climax where closure comes in the form of a heartfelt apology, yet not compromising self-respect through regret. (9/10)

Drishyam