‘An intriguing movie executed well’ would be the best way to describe the 2018 Bollywood film ‘Bhavesh Joshi’. Directed by the talented Vikramaditya Motwane, this movie was one among among a few this year that was well made, but did not fair well at the box office. However, having watched the movie myself on the big screen (cinema hall) , I can say with assurance that it was indeed a pleasure watching it. So, the question that should be asked is, how could this film connect to a few people (like me), and not to a larger section in the audience? Here is then presenting a few facts as well as a few reasons ‘why’ I believe this film is a decent watch.
1. About Bhavesh Joshi, its basic concept:
‘Vigilantism’ is the core concept on which ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ has been based on. It essentially deals with a young man determined to avenge his friend’s death, and fight corruption in the form of the ‘water mafia’ within Mumbai city, by becoming a masked vigilante.
2. Bhavesh Joshi cast:
‘A motley of fresh talent’ is basically the best way to describe the cast of this movie. They include: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Priyanshu Painyuli, Ashish Verma, Shreiyah Sabharwal, and above all director Nishikant Kamath as the antagonist.
3. Bhavesh Joshi release date:
‘1st June 2018’ was when ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ was officially released throughout the country.
4. Bhavesh Joshi Imdb rating:
‘7.7/10’ is the Imdb rating of ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ . This rating has been calculated using a total of 765 votes.
5. Bhavesh Joshi Review:
A Bollywood movie basically comprises of couple of key components namely story/screenplay/dialogues, editing, cinematography, music, performances and direction. So, here is presenting a review of this movie based on the key elements mentioned above to illustrate ‘why’ this movie is a decent watch. Here goes the analysis……..
a. Story/Screenplay/Dialogues of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ :
‘Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, and Abhay Koranne’ are the writers who have combined to create the story/screenplay/dialogues of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’. In terms of the story, the writers have brilliantly merged the concept of ‘vigilantism’ with the anger of the common man to produce a rare Hindi film that deals with a masked crusader. The dialogues are well written, and are more ‘conversational’ in nature rather than being boring ‘punchlines’. The screenplay although overall good seems to be extremely ‘simplistic’ in its content. However, it must be added that the attempt to write a screenplay that deals with the concept (what Motwane interestingly terms as ‘cottage industry superhero’) of a masked vigilante (on the lines of Batman) is unique for Hindi cinema. And so, credit must go to the writers.
b. Editing of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’:
The editing of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ is done by Nitin Baid and Nidhi Vora. Unfortunately, however it lacks the sharpness as a result the movie tends to drag along a bit especially the segment approaching the climax. Furthermore, it is this lack of ‘pacing’ due to careless editing which hurts the overall feel of the movie more than anything else.
c. Cinematography of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’:
‘Realistic’ is a word that best describes the cinematography of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ done by Siddharth Diwan. The cinematographer essentially captures the beauty of Mumbai city at nights obviously due to the fact that the story of this movie revolves around a ‘vigilante’. In addition, to the overall feel Diwan has also managed to capture a few action scenes (especially the bike sequence) quite magnificently on camera.
d. Music of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’:
‘Decent’ is a word that aptly describes the music composed by Amit Trivedi for ‘Bhavesh Joshi’. Comprising of 4 songs that includes, Qasam Kha Li, Tafreeh, Hum Hain Insaaf, and Chavanprash, this soundtrack is very likable. Furthermore, an exciting background score only adds to the drama present in the narrative of the movie.
e. Performances of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ cast:
‘True to life’ would be the best way to describe the performances of the entire cast of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’. So, be it the protagonist Harshvardhan Kapoor playing Sikku a young man who becomes a vigilante to fight menace of the water mafia and to avenge his friend’s death, Priyanshu Painyuli as Bhavesh Joshi, an idealistic young man and a friend of Sikku who gets killed by the water mafia , Ashish Verma, as Rajat a friend of Sikku and Bhavesh, Shreiyah Sabharwal the girlfriend of Sikku, or Nishikant Kamath who plays the antagonist, a corrupt local politician, the performances are extremely real and in control, and not once do they go over the top. Full credit then must go to the cast and director.
f. The direction of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’:
While watching this movie based on ‘vigilantism’ it is evident that the ‘Captain of this Ship’ i.e. director Vikramaditya Motwane is in cruise control, and exactly knows how he wants to steer this movie. Furthermore, it is also clear after watching this movie that Motwane possesses style, a true hallmark of a great director. In addition, he also manages to extract some fine performances from the entire cast, which is an indication that this director is not only talented, but is also in control over his craft.
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g. Bhavesh Joshi Trailer:
‘2nd May 2018’ was when the official trailer of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ was first released in public. To see trailer watch below:
Video: Official Trailer of ‘Bhavesh Joshi’:
6. Newzfeaturez Rating:
The overall rating of this movie according to ‘Newzfeaturez’ is 7.5/10. We have rated it so mainly because of its brilliant conception and stylish execution.
Although, this movie did not fare well at the box office, for me it it is one of the best movies to have been produced in ‘Bollywood’ this year. Here is then hoping, that director Motwane continues to ‘entertain’ audiences throughout the country with some stylish and progressive film making in the future as well.
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