Movie Review: Banjo

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Director: Ravi Jadhav

Cast: Ritesh Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri, Dharmesh Yelande.

Rating: 2.5/5

Banjo is Ritesh Deshmukh’s solo after a really long time. Riteish was last seen in ‘Tere Naal Hogaya’ in the lead role with his wife Genelia Deshmukh.

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Banjo is a musical drama  starring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri. The story is about a Banjo group who plays this instrument during Ganpati and other festivals. The story revolves around Tarrat (Riteish) who is a lead Banjo player in the group. The movie is set in Mumbai and gives a clear view of Mumbai slums and the chawls. People who have lived in Mumbai or have been to Mumbai will relate to it immediately.

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The drama begins when Christina (Nargis Fakhri) enters Mumbai in search of the Banjo group. She finds them, trains  and they all perform in clubs. Chris wants to record two songs with this group and submit in the New York music festival. The movie is tolerable in the first half, the comic timing is really good. The character build up is different and is good . The second half seems too dragged!

This is Ravi Jadhav’s first Bollywood directorial movie. The idea was good but the screenplay is really weak and it makes the movie boring in the second half. Ritesh is convincing as Taraat, he has done a good job in terms of acting. Nargis Fakhri- she can’t cry, she can’t dance ahh wait she can’t act! 😝 The supporting cast Dharmesh, Aditya Sharma, and others support the leads very nicely.

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Music by Vishal- Shekhar is superb, though some songs are unnecessary. The background score is funny in action scenes particularly. Imagine banjo playing in the background when the hero is fighting!😂

Verdict: The idea was good but the screenplay is weak and hence that makes Banjo a one time watch.