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It was refreshing to use my brain while watching a movie and finding out that the moviemakers have also done the same while making it. Not flawless, but completely entertaining, Johnny Gaddar is a must watch!Read more
Story - brilliant, colors - vibrant, camerawork - creative, sound - unobtrusive, editing - slick, entire team - smart! Sorry, director saahab, I have run out of adjectives, so choose a superlative for yourself and I’ll agree.
What do I say? Where do I start? I must admit, it is the most difficult to write about a suspense thriller “without giving the movie away”. Any specifics that I would like to talk about will contribute to you knowing a bit about the movie. And that would be a crime in this genre. So, here is my attempt at being as unambiguous as possible.
This movie will be talked about a lot for the stylish homage the director pays to the people/styles of movie-making that have inspired him. And for a good reason too. The beauty with which the tributes have been interwoven with the narrative is not something one should write or read about. It has to be watched and applauded. Watch out for the way the subtle tribute to Anand has blended with and become a part of the story.
Acting - one of the departments missing from the list above - is not at its best. Dharmendra deserved far fewer lines considering his dialogue delivery was rather monotonous. Neil Nitin Mukesh is quite flat in some scenes, but overall, he has grasped and enacted the nuances of his character really well. For me, Vinay Pathak was the show stealer. In general, the versatility of this actor is just incredible!
Dialogues - my disappointment with this area might have more to do with the expectations set by the first 15-20 minutes of the movie. The general mysterious tone set in the beginning is missing at certain points later on. Especially, in the climax, keeping the dialogue enigmatic would have had much more impact. But, I am sure it was a balance the director must have struggled with - leave it to the audience to decipher or spoon-feed them.
What impressed me the most was how much I enjoyed the movie despite being a little dissatisfied with the two main departments of the movie - the two most visible ones. Though acting and dialogues are not necessarily the selling points of a movie in this genre. Just goes to show what a long way treatment of material can take a movie.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : .... The script is tight, the plot is immensely interesting, the dialogues are well penned... full review
Thumbs up, Bollyvista.com : ...The first half is tight and has ample twist and turns, but the second half drags... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra : ...The action may not be of hi-tech variety but its rawness is what makes it even more interesting.... full review
Thumbs up, by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema : ...The skilful writing of the film is also revealed in its characters who, though skimpily sketched makes the audience relate to them.... full review
Thumbs up, by Deep, Deep's Home : ...The music was kind of bad, leaving the title song apart.... full review
Thumbs up, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...Truly, the form is simply fantastic, what with the jump cuts, swipes, crane swoops and creative lighting schemes... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...If there’s one problem and one problem alone with Johnny Gaddaar, it’s the fact that the screenplay slips up in the second half.... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...The beauty lies in the fact that no one can predict what's in store next.... full review
Thumbs up, by Praveen Lance Fernandes, indiatimes : ... What works is the fact that minute things shown earlier in the film come cropping up once again adding to the punch of the already existing plot.... full review
Thumbs up, by Anu Kamat, Intermission, The Bookeazy Blog : ...No songs. Yes, the film has no songs which means the viewer does not lose focus or deviate on the central plot even once.... full review
Thumbs up, by Amit Kaundinya, J.A.M : ...He pays homage to his idols, James Hadley Chase, Vijay Anand and Amitabh Bachchan and weaves them very innovatively into the plot of the film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV : ...Neil Mukesh makes a impressive debut... full review
Thumbs up, by Amit R Agarwal, merinews : ...Each and every character has been detailed to perfection... full review
Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...But Johnny is a far more fun than Hasina. Sriram, a devotee of Vijay Anand and James Hadley Chase, has created slick pulp fiction.... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...Hamletian in tone and utterly liberated from the artifice that often underlines noire films from Bollywood, "Johnny Gaddar" is a feast of feverish fury harnessed very cleverly... full review
Thumbs up, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...The pace of the movie is sluggish at most times and not suitable especially for a film belonging to this genre.... full review
Thumbs up, by Varun, Passion for Cinema : ...There were just 8 people in theater here in Houston and all of them liked it... full review
Thumbs up, by Siddharth Pillai, Passion for Cinema : ...one element, that raises ‘Johnny Gaddar’ from the ‘pop, enjoy and evaporate’ likes of ‘Ek Chalis..’- nostalgia.... full review
Thumbs up, by Full2Faltu, Passion for Cinema : ...I had liked Sriram Raghavan’s “Ek Hasina Thi” too and this is so much better.... full review
Thumbs up, by Abhishek Singh, Planet Bollywood : ...he tributes are so heart felt that he didn’t even feel the need to hide the source of inspiration like most of the other filmmakers.... full review
Thumbs up, by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam : ...The best thing about of this thriller is that the suspense is opened right in the beginning.... full review
Thumbs up, SearchIndia.com : ...all the ingredients of a fine thriller - love, crime, sexy girls, action, unexpected twists and betrayal.... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Watch out for Neil Mukesh who pitches the perfect note as the smooth snake in the sleeve... full review
Thumbs up, Upper Stall : ...hot taking, lighting, background score, art direction all get an A+, but the show stopper is the sound design... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...The cast is good and it shows in their performances.... full review
So-So, by D Morgan, Rediff : ...assumes that we're a thinking, breathing audience and not just popcorn-munching machines... full review
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Want to Watch, by jasa seo murah : Houston
So-So, by Consumer Goods
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.
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