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Opinion: Kangana and Rajkummar’s Judgementall Hai Kya is Experimental but not a Flawless Dark Entertainer.
Kangana and Rajkummar’s Judgementall Hai Kya is Experimental but not a Flawless Dark Entertainer, it keeps you hooked somehow till the end, which is the director’s biggest achievement.
Prakash Kovelamudi’s first outing as a director is worthy of claps as he and his screenwriter Kanika Dhillon went for originality, they tried to make it a dark satirical original suspense thriller and managed to get most of that. First things first, this is a kind of film which is not being tried in the past here in India, in spite of that Kovelamudi wanted to make it entertaining and fast pacy which will appeal to the masses though I don’t think the masses will get it. Having said that, it is quite evident that the movie is not for everyone but I would suggest you all give it a shot because we need different types of films more than the masala ones. Getting full success is secondary, first we need to keep experimenting and audiences must respond to that. The film stands on the shoulders of the lead actor, Kangana Ranaut is in every frame.
This is her story, Bobby the character played by her is complex, a victim of a troubled childhood, she has a kind of mental illness which compels her to hear voices, and create stories in her mind which refrain her to have trust on people. She is in top form, delivering a solid performance although it is not a new path for her, we have seen her doing something of a similar sort in the past. Yes, it is a little frustrating at places to see her on-screen all the time, over presence sometimes kills the fun.
On the other hand, Rajkummar Rao stole the show with his mysterious portrayal of a character which makes you intrigued throughout the film. He played the role of Keshav with aplomb, the climax of the film feels rushed and unconvincing but still in some way Rao with his impeccable performance convinces us that those bizarre proceedings are maybe real. The supporting cast is also fantastic, Satish Kaushik and Brijendra Kala as police officers are hilarious, so is Hussain Dalal as Varun, Bobby’s boyfriend. Amrita Puri and Amyra Dastur are fresh to look at and Jimmy Shergill in a cameo is lovingly good. The BGM composed by Daniel B. George is riveting, the production design, art direction, and cinematography by Pankaj Kumar are fabulously edgy.
There are many editors in the film making the final cut of two hours run time, yet the film looks long and stretched. The second half of the movie has logic issues, many points of the films are not clear, some questions are left unanswered too. We never understand whether Bobby had an obsession with Keshav or she was only obsessed about exposing him. The movie takes Ramayana’s reference and It becomes haywire then and confuses us in the quest of being original and pacy. Judgementall Hai kya could have been a path-breaking one but it only ended up being a good try, I am going with 3 stars.