wogma rating: Watch when on TV/online (?) - Only if you are interested in watching the energy infused to the music.
Watchable for the energy that visuals can add to the upbeat, festive music. Else, very passable.Read more
Sports, dance, music – change the art form around as much as you like, the underdog story is very likely going to stay the same. The underdog will win against all odds. At the most, they will meet an unlikely failure. Even so, by and large the movie has only two ways to end. Then it all boils down to the semantics of the story. How the situations turn around, what the twists are like and so on. While Banjo doesn't seem to have too many surprises under wraps, it still looks like it is likely to entertain.
It looks like the music has the biggest role to play in that expectation. It has the rhythm to make your heart pace and the energy to make you want to listen to it over and over. Of course, Riteish Deshmukh's conviction is a big plus too.
However, Nargis Fakhri's attempts to act, the drama that goes along side any underdog film, the dialogue-baazi, the inspirational talk all make you cringe. So do some of the jokes. On the other hand there are other one-liners that work and bring a smile. I'd call that a fairly balanced trailer, with a slight tilt towards likable.
Bollyspice - "1/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Bollywood Life – "4/5"
Filmfare – "3.5/5"
india today - "Ravi Jadhav's Banjo presents Bollywood music in its best form, and we ought to thank him for bringing Vishal-Shekhar back on their feet like men possessed"
Milliblog - "Banjo sees Vishal-Shekhar produce the third good album in recent times."
Music Aloud – "3.5/5"
Times of India – "3.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Banjo is the regular underdog drama, in the music sphere. It is even below average in its story arc, setup-build up-climax and so on. But, it makes up with its music. Now, can one watch a movie for the energetic visuals of songs (about 20 minutes of screen time)? I guess almost all of us will have the same answer.
Now, for any film that is about a slum-dweller wanting to make it big, we know how the story is going to progress. We aren't really expecting any great deviations from the norm. Banjo's unpredictability unfortunately comes from the fact that the expected takes too long to happen. The first half hardly moves. We know Chris (Nargis Fakhri) is looking for Tarrat (Riteish Deshmukh) from the trailers to participate in a music competition. She just keeps looking for a long, long time.
The digressions in the form of their love story or Chris/Tarrat's jobs or Tarrat's relationship with his band-mates all are rather lacklustre. In addition, some of them slow the pace down further. Almost all of the handful of funny lines are seen in the trailer. So, there is nothing to look forward to there either.
For a flash of a moment, when a newspaper delivery boy aspires to be a water tanker owner or when Tarrat expresses the kind of love he is capable of, you are hopeful for more moments of decent writing. But, naah, nothing of the sort happens. Instead the film is littered with scenes like Mumbai dwellers ogling at women in short dresses and men in ties with equal enthusiasm - as if they've never seen either before, Riteish Deshmukh beating people up and so on.
There isn't anything very moving or engaging in the acting department either. Riteish Deshmukh does the drunk bit, the macho beating up goon bit, the love-struck bit in rhythm – one after the other. While performances by the other band members are full of energy, Nargis Fakhri loses you at her dialogue delivery itself. It is painful to watch her speak Hindi. And for all the hue and cry about creating music together, her character has all of three lines to sing.
Which brings us back to the the gaping hole in the writing department. It is not about plausibility or loopholes, that discussion can come only later - only after there is some meat in the plot, the situations, the scenes.
I can't but admit that I am a tad disappointed. This music deserved a better film. For a film that wants to glorify the banjo, it is disappointing to see the banjo player set aside the instrument to dance within a few seconds of its introduction. The flip side is that when you hear the instrument play, complete justice is done to the music it can create.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Smita Kumar, Desi Martini : ...Banjo is an entertaining film with a heart. You see how difficult life is for a large section of our population-the daily fight for basic necessities-water, shelter, education came through to you subtly. It is a celebration of street culture and music that may be looked down upon in a fancy nightclub but that strikes a chord with the masses as they dance at festivals like it’s a big open air disco. You won’t be disappointed with this movie and next time even join in a visarjan procession and dance to the beats of a banjo band. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...If you are familiar with Mumbai's working-class neighbourhoods, where the hearts of the poor are bigger than the pay packages of those residing in the mushrooming high-rises, you'll be able to notice the beauty of Banjo. It also makes you respect the street musicians a little more. ... full review
So-So, by Subhash J Jza, Bolly Spice : ...Interesting music pieces (Vishal-Shekhar), a furiously implosive background score (Sourav Roy) and a principal cast that believes in the plot’s quintessential rags-to-riches logic tends to keep the storytelling afloat.HoweverBanjo is unlikely to set the boxoffice on fire. Its energy remains half-doused by over-statement. ... full review
So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...The film's cinematography (Manoj Lobo) is decent. The film's editing (Devendra Murdeshwar) is average. On the whole, BANJO fails to strike the right notes on account of its low hype, confused second half and bizarre culmination. At the Box-Office, it will struggle for decent footfalls.... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Banjo would have been a really good entertainer, if the film had stuck to what the title had promised, instead of straying to other subplots. If you are a Mumbaikar then this is a one time watch for you. ... full review
So-So, by ROHIT BHATNAGAR, Deccan Chronicle : ...'Banjo' is a light-hearted entertainer which is just like any other music based film. Looks like, the filmmaker was trying hard to match up to the standards set by 'Rock On' but fails to do so. The film is certainly a one time watch. ... full review
So-So, by Jaiwantika Dutta Dhupkar, fullhyd.com : ...Banjo tries to recreate the mania of the local Ganpati band - the wild drums, the wilder dancing, the drunken smiles and the riot of colours, and actually makes a convincing effort. Go watch. ... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...Unfortunately, one of the main reason for watching BANJO (after Riteish Deshmukh) is Ravi Jadhav and he turns out to be the elephant in the room. He seems to be not in his perfect sync to make that zing we loved in NATRANG, BALAK PALAK. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...A good musical drama suddenly changes into an average formula tale of a hero with a golden heart, villains who can consider a sudden change of mind, heroine with a knack for dancing and stretched dialogue-baazi. ... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Conclusion: The well-meaning nature of Banjo cannot be debated, but that means nothing when the movie doesn’t entertain as much as it should. And it is unpardonable when a movie gets boring. Riteish Deshmukh is in great form and gives it his all, but the movie itself stretches on for 20 minutes too long. Having said that, the director Ravi Jadhav has a good track record and Banjo should be considered nothing more than a temporary setback. We would be interested in seeing what he does next. ... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...The climax is good fun. The movie ends rather well. Great song, and ending of rivalries. Yes, yes, there's a rival band there too. Go watch them, and dance in the aisles. And hope Riteish stops acting in the awful sex comedies and gives us such happy frothy romances. ... full review
So-So, by IANS, Sify Movies : ...Banjo could have been a story well told, sans the customary cliches of the lives of slum dwellers, but nevertheless, it has its moments of earnestness and Riteish and the music of the film are certainly among them. You may not love it, but you will definitely not hate this film. ... full review
So-So, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...Banjo is a good attempt as a film. Embellished with a lot more craft and savvy, it could have been a full-blown orchestra instead of a pleasant tune that is heard and forgotten. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In all, in this musical film called BANJO, there is neither any music nor any fresh storyline or execution to justify its chosen title. So just play some good music on your audio system instead and leave this BANJO alone, may be to be tried later when aired on a channel soon. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Merkwürdige Liebe, Desi Martini : ...Banjo is just as stupid a film, but it doesn't give you even base pleasures - the soundtrack is shrill and the sheer pointlessness of the songs the way Ravi Jadhav uses them doesn't make things easier either. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Banjo gets a bit lost in its ambition. This movie aspires to be a marriage of Marathi and Hindi culture, it even tries to tie in International music culture with traditional Indian values. But in its attempt to be so many things all at once, it never manages to focus on one aspect – the core story. The underdog story is a proven winner in cinema, but this movie just misses the right note. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Renil Abraham, FirstPost : ...Banjo does have a few catchy songs to which you can groove, but some parts of the plot are cliched and the others are too random. Don't be surprised if you switch your brain cells off in the first 30 minutes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...This could well have been a desi version of ‘A Star is Born’ but the poor conceptualisation and unappealing narration leaves one listless and dissatisfied. ‘Banjo’ is quite an unrequiting experience especially with the music so abysmally unappetising- and to think this was meant to be a musical drama. Phew!... full review
Thumbs down, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...While Banjo should ideally have been a showcase for Deshmukh to flex his acting muscles in a solo hero project, this film struck all the wrong notes for me. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Tatsam Mukherjee, india today : ...But those are still the little details. The makers of Banjo should have focused on the bigger issues like a less contrived script, a better-acted film, and a movie slightly closer to what Mr Jadhav would have made in the parallel universe.... full review
Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Vishal-Shekhar’s music is high on beats and does make sure you’re left foot tapping in the theaters but additions such as ‘Pee Paa Ke’ are a complete waste of time. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...The hero opposite Nargis is Riteish, of course, the tanned sadak-chaap mawaali, with a pony tail, thick beard, looking a shade of Shah Rukh Khan from Happy New Year, which this movie seems so similar to as well. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Riteish's signature line, which his character mumbles throughout the film, has a consistent prefix, "Life tumhe do choices deti hain..." For the audience, there's an option to skip this film or perish in a multiplex near you.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Rarely does a film press so much noise into service to achieve so little in the end. Heed this warning: don't get within the earshot of Banjo. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...In the end, the notion of a film about an undervalued genre of musicians is more compelling than "Banjo" itself. It starts out from a promising place, but fails to make any leaps or strides. I'm going with a generous two out of five. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...By the time Banjo serves its dark horse comeback to a pounding Vishal-Shekhar spectacle laced in unabashed Maharashtrian pride, indifference has seeped in. ... full review
Thumbs down, Zee News : ...Music composers Vishal-Shekhar contribute a few foot-tapping numbers to Banjo, but everything else in the film is a drag. Only for Riteish Deshmukh fans. The rest can give Banjo a miss. ... full review
TinuShinde: #Banjo lay bhaari @Riteishd dada... @NargisFakhri
tanmays: #Banjo was surprisingly good. Was expecting it to be like just another Ritesh flick. But @meranamravi made it work. Great job!
simplypratima53: After long time liked any movie #Banjo so so zabarjast music I loved, fantastic job @Riteishd @NargisFakhri
SaqibLatifKhok1: love ur movie #Banjo Dill jeet liya sabki acting ne @Riteishd @Riteshd_fclub @TeamRiteishd
sandeepkchanda: Loved #Banjo
sachincena200: A mind blowing movie #Banjo !!! Grt chemistry of @Riteishd and @NargisFakhri ...must watch movie if u r a bollywood fan #publicmetre
RukhsRD: Loved the fact that taraat's n chriss love was not focused bt Banjo was focused in the film.Ending was exactly acceptable @Riteishd #Banjo
Rk_wasim: Watched #Banjo its so impressive amazing concept and @Riteishd and hair was ufff Wow...
RD_fan_Veena: Watched #Banjo never had fun like this before.. Totally loved it @Riteishd & @meranamravi -magic - hats off to both of u. Rating **********
Ranu48925557: I like this movie #Banjo
RakiiSolanki: What a performance @Riteishd and @NargisFakhri your gaali wala scene was amazing and the music was on top all the time #Banjo.. Bajaate Raho
RahyalR: #Banjo #lifesmasti #awesomemovie Ritesh nice work after so long A grades
PikusukulSourya: Great pieces of work by the banjo team.Nice movie.9 out of 10 for them.#banjo @Riteishd @NargisFakhri
niTin_rAUt_7: #banjo लय भारी... #तैराट @Riteishd एकदम झकास performance @NargisFakhri ....
nishanthooda001: Fabulous work has done by @Riteishd as a result film was also fabulous. I loved the concept. It was awsome keep rocking #Banjo
MusicalDoctorOZ: Do go and watch Banjo ... @Riteishd & the film, both are looking super cool...
muksibadal: Watched #Banjo loved @Riteishd s acting after a long time should do more solo films @NargisFakhri great job congratulations to all the team
mpculturebpl: बैंजो, लुप्त वाद्य खासकर जिसकी उपस्थिति आधुनिक और लोक संगीत दोनों में रही, उसके कलाकार का संघर्ष मॉर्डनाइज़ सही, अच्छा प्रस्तुत किया। #Banjo
maharashtraone: #BanjoWithTix #Banjo has great energy!! must watch movie!!
LidiaBender14: Ravi Jadhav: Riteish Deshmukh was my first choice for 'Banjo'
kobo_bang: #Banjo _Bangs Grrr8 work from @Riteishd in all forms,gr8 looks dear @NargisFakhri Really hattsoff @meranamravi asli radaaaaaaa
KhanAhmadIrfan: #Banjo is best experience.- @nargisfakhri :)
Jholl_master: Banjo great movie,must watch @Riteishd great work
ipraveenanand: What a fantastic movie..Take a bow @Riteishd @NargisFakhri #BANJO #Mustwatch #Musiclovers
iamsurya939: Beautiful movie #Banjo @Riteishd, @NargisFakhri
iAdeshmukh: Watched Banjo and still watch it every day on YouTube...Hats Off to u @Riteishd and Director @meranamravi Rating: *****
HemantAnjara: #Banjo Its really good movie. I enjoyed alot thanks @Riteishd @geneliad All go and watch once... Aali Re aali aata Ritesh chi Baari Ali..
HassanMuridwala: #ThisSunday enjoy #bollywood movie #banjo
gritopoetico: Banjo is amazing
gavade_gajanan: only banjo ....lage raho ritesh dada
DINESHJAGDISHDJ: Wow gud movie great work Ritesh. One of solid roles of Ritesh's career#Banjo#Ritesh Deshmukh
Dhirend51962234: Banjo is great movie pls watch it if you already watch it so pls see again.
deepakg35: Watched #Banjo, @Riteishd लय भारी दादा , भारी काम केलत, छान
bcompany: Simply loved #Banjo movie. Honestly and simplicity of @Riteishd rocks. @NargisFakhri cools super awesome.
basha82645: #Banjo entertain movie... Good to watch..
bablanikapil: awesum movie.. #banjo
atesh98: Watched #banjo movie awesome i gave 3star all team 2good funny name pepar,grees,bajya&tarat full on enjoyed with my friends rada rada
AnupammMathur_: Banjo ko Baar Baar Dekho
ankitanair24: Watched @banjo , superb storyline. Definitely a must watch. @Riteishd at his best in dis. Loved u totally. U can add me as 1 of ur fan now.
anand20199: Ganpati bappa morya #Banjo love it @Riteishd lovely movie sir and u rock the band "Ganpati bappa morya "
anaggh: Banjo: Liked it.
Aman93deep: #Banjo is a must watch, Music is average but the sound of Banjo(an instrument) will make you want more. 3 stars #reviews
Ainatbadhon: Just watched #banjo its seems like bar bar dekho... Supe duper blaster #banjo loved it..
Sethumadhavan: #Banjo-The music is a plus & Riteish Deshmukh does well but overall very predictable fare.
Revolution_A: Banjo(2016), watch the movie only for Ritesh Deshmukh's acting. He is at his best. #BanjoMovie
girishjohar: Saw #Banjo... only relief & good is @Riteishd ... music is below avg...moments are far n few ...loooong too
bizzarebhide: Riteish Deshmukh is the ONLY good thing about this film. #Banjo
__Hamza: Banjo ? :"/ ye movie hai ? haaa thuu
VishRathi1: #Banjo to lagta hai agle Hafte mein puri utar jayegi.. #Disaster
urs_crazyking: Lack of Banjo was music if music is not good how musical movie will b. Liked @Riteishd as always True rockstar And my big brother #dharmesh
Sumitrajkadel: Watched 30 mins of #Banjo -I have only few words for this film "Bencho yeh kya tha" . If u have guts then go and watch bencho . (No rating)
SaluHeer: Banjo flops nargis cant speak hindi will some of these actresses please learn hindi u work in hindi industry first learn hindi then acting
RJTapan: Banjo movie jova karta ta to Road par avta jata Banjo Sambhdvo saro....
rij79: Baffling why some actors in #bollywood insist on doing bad solo movies when they r meant to be good supporting actors only #banjo
RanjanPant: Avoid #Banjo @Riteishd wasted. Had to walk out at interval for sanity
PappuManji: One of the mist senseless movies watched in recent times #Banjo please avoid!!
niranjan_synd: Watched Movie Banjo it is totally waste of money....
katamulgi: Movie review of #Banjo "Bhencho" movie..
ilovefuddi: #Banjo 1 of the worst film of year,congrts @meranamravi for debuting with & ruining also @Riteishd career,u really did Natrang?Now retire!
Gurmatpal: #Banjo 1/5 (most boring movie of the year, offers nothing new)
dysleksick: Life aapko 2 choice deti hai. Ya to #Banjo dekho, Ya na dekho. Go with the 2nd Choice. Such a poorly scripted movie. Total waste of money.
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