John Day

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quick review:

Too many themes, too little meat.

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Director: Ahishor Solomon
Running time: 140 minutes
Genres: Revenge, Thriller
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I love trailers like these - they show you bits and pieces of the film to entice you, and give nothing away about the plot. Add Naseeruddin Shah to the mix and a quick text saying "by the producers of A Wednesday" and I'm sold.

The trailer also made me want to guess the theme. Is it a thriller or a drama that involves emotions of a person who has suffered a great loss? Is it a revenge story? What hell is going to break loose?

Interestingly, there don't seem to be too many songs. That is always a plus, especially if it is a movie with a serious tone. Yes, John Day does seem like a grim one, doesn't it?

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental pressure, business-politics-underworld nexus, child sex abuse and of course, love and revenge are the many themes John Day wants to talk about. It turns out that none of them is expressed with any conviction. Not that I am asking for long lectures or powerful drama, just an engaging tale would do.

John Day, like the trailers promise, starts off with very fine suspense. Three-four threads run parallel and keep you guessing. The connection is elusive, yet not so out of reach that you lose interest. It all blends in together well too. But, along the way, the various themes John Day tries to reach out to become one too many for its own good.

Also, it takes itself way too seriously. Sure, any humor would feel completely out-of-place, the grim texture of the film makes it out to be much more important than it really is. The story doesn't really warrant a film over two hours.

Not like it's a surprise, it is Naseeruddin Shah's performance that keeps the audience going. Yet, with a character that has barely any shades there is only so much he can do. Fortunately, he does get able support from Randeep Hooda who broods all too well. The downer, of course, is we've seen Naseeruddin Shah do so much better and Randeep Hooda do the nasty bit already. I actually liked Vipin sharma's performance too. Elena Kazan though stuck out like a sore thumb.

In fact, the entire romantic track between her character and Randeep's lengthened the film way more than their chemistry warranted. On the other hand, the give and take between Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda too is hazy. The dots don't connect. If you are interested enough to, that is.

There are a few pretty gory scenes which seem like they are exist more to shock than to add inherent value. Similarly, the themes of child sex abuse and parental pressure seem to be forced in rather than blending in.

It is a boon then, that there are no song and dance routines added to the mix. But, the background score did seem a little confused between horror and thriller. Besides the decent performances the cinematography and a few cynically witty lines are your meager takeaways from John Day.

The need to be thrilled shall have to wait for the next one that claims to be a thriller.

- meeta, a part of the audience

30 reviewers(?) - 2 yays 9 so-so 19 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, JOHN DAY is a razor-sharp thriller with an engaging screenplay, high-voltage drama and sterling performances as its aces. A film like JOHN DAY is a leap in the right direction. It reinforces your faith and trust in qualitative films and deserves to be supported. Strongly recommended... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Experience John Day, it will be worth more than the price of admission.... full review

So-So, by IANS, Bollywood Life : ...For a film about losers John Day proves to be a paradoxically profitable movie-viewing experience for the audience... full review

So-So, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...No two or three ways about it: 'John Day' can’t be described as an admirable work. ... full review

So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...John Day is a half-baked effort with sporadic moments of brilliance and leaves you with an aftertaste of what could have been. See it strictly for its performances.... full review

So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ... This film does display a lot of promise unfortunately it’s never realized!... full review

So-So, by Swayamsrestha Kar, : ...John Day is watchable only for the lead actors. But then, that is not enough. Oh how sadly is it not enough!... full review

So-So, by Subhash K Jha (IANS), NDTV : about losers John Day proves to be a paradoxically profitable movie-viewing experience for the audience... full review

So-So, by Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood : ...While John Day makes a brave attempt at trying to break free from hackneyed Bollywood concepts and treatments that stubbornly refuse to grow up into something more dynamic it still is a half hearted effort. Go for it if you must but with very low expectations... full review

So-So, by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Star Blockbuster : ... If you are a Naseeruddin Shah fan, watch the movie even though it is nowhere close to A Wednesday (2008), made by one of the same producers. But don’t blame him for that. A film is a team effort; you can’t expect even a legend like Naseer to shoulder the film alone.... full review

So-So, by Subhash K. Jha, The Telegraph : ... For a film about losers `John Day` proves to be a paradoxically profitable movie-viewing experience for the audience.... full review

Thumbs down, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Director Ahishor Solomon is clearly well-intentioned and not without talent, but he fails to bring it all together into a compelling,... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...JOHN DAY - An unimpressive attempt to make an engaging off beat crime thriller wasting two talented names.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Naseeruddin Shah lends his usual acting muscle to a part that doesn’t deserve it, but Randeep Hooda with his grimaces, twitches and slow drawl is a major irritant. John Day tries to be gritty and noir-ish, but just ends up tedious. The only plus point being, no songs and no item number.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...JohnDay is a boring and tedious thriller. Even Naseerudin Shah's acting couldn't save this futile film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ...A muddled affair, John Day seems lost in its own maze of self-indulgence... full review

Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...Imagine I Saw the Devil with the fun stripped out, or The Horseman without actual choice, characters, or consequences. That is what John Day is.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, : ...Every Word of God is linked to a liberating truth. ''Only the truth will set you free. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...The film then is sloppy and contrived; it's an unoriginal and uninspiring thriller that's let down by flabby writing.... full review

Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ... More than an "edge of the seat thriller" as the tagline says, this is a tiring one.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta , indian express : ...Tarantino got there before they did. Much before.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...The thrilling story goes haywire as the screenplay fails to cement its fiber. A few dialogues are aplomb but the frustrating show is so exhausting that you might spare yourself this horror film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...The film, deliberately or otherwise, has been given a morose, humourless feel to it. The motive must be to make it dark and edgy but it soon turns out to be nothing but a dull and tedious affair... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? Well except for few scenes by Naseeruddin Shah there is absolutely no dum in this mindless and boring thriller.... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...John Day claims to be an "edge of the seat thriller" on its poster. Considering the makers didn't set out to make one in the first place, one wonders how convinced they were about their own effort... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...Despite potentially appearing to be a great, racy thriller, John Day ends up being a yawn-fest you just want to get over with. Wouldn't miss a thing if you skip this one. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...John Day isn't the dark, twisted thriller it was meant to be... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Despite that, the film remains an average thriller. The fundamental plot doesn’t have meat, but the performances and a few gripping moments get you by. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...John Day is inspired by the Spanish film Box 507. As a result, the picture is not clear!... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Times of India : ...John Day claims to be an "edge of the seat thriller" on its poster. Considering the makers didn't set out to make one in the first place, one wonders how convinced they were about their own effort... full review

37 tweeters(?) - 16 yays 2 so-so 19 nays

Yugalkishore: Nice movie.. #john Day

YASHRAJ38: the most fantastic with ironic and thrill..the movie "john day" @RandeepHooda

Vijaynarain: Watched John Day. Pretty decent movie.

usmanpal: Watched John Day today. A good movie. I like deep roles played by Naseerudin Shah. He's a fine actor. Do watch it.

Tutejajoginder: John Day has a very interesting story and deserves an audience for itself, even if niche

sapratibha: Watched John Day as the SINGLE viewer in an Inox auditorium. A never before experience. Great movie.

SaojiTadka: Y'day saw John Day. It was just 65 mins long. Most unique, for a Bollywood film. brilliantly acted on screen by Nasiruddin shah....

PrasadPankar: WEDNESDAY..... and now JOHN DAY... what a movie... jus my kind (y)

me_zahir: Duniya ka Sab se khatarnak jaanwar insab Hota hai!!!! John day Must watch this movie awesome performance by naseer sir and randeep

mani7akshay: JOHN DAY - ONE EPIC MOVIE

hyzaidi: Overall, however, John Day, from the producers of A Wednesday, is worth a watch if you're not the squeamish sort.

HighOnCinema: REVIEW: @JohnDayOfficial A definite 8/10 and we came out quite impressed. The review > @RandeepHooda

DTCinemasLtd: JOHN DAY , the movie is based on the themes related to crime and vengeance. A must watch for the thriller lovers.

dedhpase: John Day... Not a bad watch at all...

cyrilgupta: Saw John Day last night. A classic example of the film-noir genre. The film was so removed from the typical...

aadrika_agarwal: John Day turns out to be a good thriller! -

tbkdotcom: John Day scores 3 out of 5 in The Bollywood Khans Critics Score Board #JohnDay #NaseeruddinShah #RandeepHooda

priyaguptatimes: TOI rates John Day 2.5 stars...#johnday

vinit_taneja: Saw John Day. Regretted selecting it over other options. Thought Nasiruddin Shah would only act in good movies....

skodithala: John Day. Half done. Meh.

siddtalks: John Day koi Manna Dey nahi hai ki aap enjoy kar sakein

sidchandekar: John Day baghitla...thike na mag...chukla maza...kay karu ata.

Shahinanjum: Watched John Day and the movie didn't had any specific ending! #Confused

sd_iflex: 'John Day' is blood,gore and slang infested. No wonder I could not wait for the movie to end. Badly disappointed!

sachinchatte: John Day was disappointing- It's graph was like a parabola, it went up, up till interval and then down, down down.

ronyd: John day ko jaan de.

rjanup: Mirchi Bioscope -JOHN DAY -1/5 Mirchis -Rj Anup 2 pm to 5 pm at Total Filmy on Radio Mirchi UAE...

Pseudoped: John day could have been made into a better movie

NaviVupp: Last night I saw John Day. Just 2/5. Wasted talent by director.

NaveenAmola: If you have not watched John Day yet. Good. Don't even watch it

Madaboutmoviez: John Day Movie Review : An Incoherent and Bland Film

KumarLuv: John Day. Definitely different from you average Bollywood offering. But not better. Some good acting and lines. But boring affair,

izhalize: Film Review: सुस्त और बोरिंग है नसीर और रणदीप की 'जॉन डे': जॉन डे कहानी है इसी नाम के एक बैंक मैनेजर की. उसकी ...

im_rahultomar: grand masti is shit absolute rubbish n john day is really bad copy of a spanish movie.... randip huda pls learn how to act

Has2BFilmy: Another Disappointing DAY for Bollywood! #JohnDay fails -

bajajfilms: Saw JOHN DAY yesterday in Panjim. Disappointed.

Azuly_Nel: So. John Day. 'Yaar point kya tha?' kinda movie. Uff.

2 readers - 0 yays 1 so-so 1 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by LiL : Useless

Want to Watch, by Hardik : Nice Movie Watch Drama

Want to Watch, by kapil

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Samir

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads and loads. And some pretty gory stuff too - like people biting other people.
  • Language: Free use of abusive language.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A making out scene.
  • Concept: Revenge
  • General Look and Feel: Serious.

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Running time:
140 minutes

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Yeah me too. Really good trailer. Definitely gonna watch it.

Movie Story Is Nice and movie is an edgy thriller with revenge drama in it.


Really excited for this and the lunchbox..


Very high rating really!


Very amateurishly done. Big disappointment for Naseer fans.

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