wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?)
Rangrezz, surprisingly puts a solid effort in writing a decent story. Yet, it takes the events to extremes towards the end, makes it too long and loses the plot. Some witty dialogue and a few well-timed performances keep the interest alive in an otherwise uneven second half.Read more
Rangrezz - produced by Vashu Bhagnani, lead actor Jacky Bhagnani. Just saying. Three films with Jacky Bhagnani as the protagonist and all three produced by Vashu Bhagnani. Just Saying. Call me judgmental and/or conservative, but it does make you wonder about the confidence the father-son duo have in the son's talent - is it over-confidence or diffidence?
Anyway, Rangrezz's trailer suggests that the movie is all about friendship. So much so that, it felt like the 'anything goes in friendships' concept is being shoved down my throat. Interestingly, the lead's love angle is downplayed at least in the trailers.
However, the catch/twist of having to help a friend elope with his bride isn't intriguing enough. There seems to be an additional twist which hasn't been made apparent. I hope there is. Else, they'll have to rely on the eloping completely to engage us through the length of the film.
Let's hope there is more than Jacky Bhagnani's dancing talents to entertain us in Rangrezz.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Deep friendships. Friends that take advantage of you. We all have at least a couple of both types. Rangrezz makes a brave effort at showing you both the sides unlike what you are used to seeing in Bollywood. Unfortunately, it slacks of at times and takes the easier beaten-down route to redeem itself a little later - leading to a very uneven second half and an extremely dissatisfying conclusion.
Rangrezz starts off with a collage of beautiful Mumbai monsoons in a heavily grey, tone pretty much resembling Mumbai what it looks like in the season. My surprise began with those initial shots. A little later when the colors and unwarranted close-ups come in, I was back to being comfortable because the movie began looking like what I had expected. And yet again, I was pleasantly being pulled into the set-up - the characters, the relationships, the wit and charm. Some of the dark humor really took the cake. This involvement was rudely disrupted with songs. Once the mandatory numbers were done with, the meat of the story began and was engagingly narrated to a wonderful peak at interval.
After the break too, there are a few very interesting twists that catch you off-guard. Amazingly enough, they are not that largely unpredictable that you feel cheated. You see signs of the twist earlier, only that you don't think too much of it. Only problem though is these twists are balanced off with equally inane and typical turn of events.
This wavelike movement in the writing gets more and more annoying and is completely blotched up at the end. Thankfully, the dialogue end of the writing department has taken its job very seriously and has come with some hilarious and witty lines. Completely supported by able delivery to whom most of them are given - Vijay Verma (Pakkya) and Rajpal Yadav (Maa). Jacky Bhagnani's dubbing is off which doesn't help his attempts to emote. I broke up laughing at a supposedly intense scene because Jacky Bhagnani is speaking and yet the camera is at an uncharacteristically, safe, crane top angle. The women are mostly redundant - they are either snubbed down or over-protected by the men around.
Amongst the rest of the cast Amitosh Nagpal (Winu), Lushin Dubey (Mrs. Chaturvedi) and Pankaj Tripathi (Pande) leave an impression, especially considering the limited screen-time they have. The wonderful bit is that some of these characters stick and entertain despite being caricatures - more so Vijay Pakkya, Maa and Mrs. Chaturvedi. Or even the cute, petite grandmom.
Another bit, I really enjoyed about Rangrezz are a couple of main threads being left unresolved in a very matter of factly manner. It's great that the makers decided to keep some details out, especially considering that the film is already a little too long. (Why not cut the songs out!)
Unfortunately, Rangrezz insists on becoming a message film. The extremity and intensity with which the film is narrated almost makes you wonder if it is autobiographical - because some events are too off the chart to be imagined.
Yet, Rangrezz ends up making you wonder about people and relationships. So, many turn of events in the film, do make you nod - "yep, as unbelievable as it looks, it does happen." Maybe, it's because I didn't expect such maturity from a Jacky Bhagnani film, preconceptions be hailed! But, I am looking forward to the next Priyadarshan film, just in case he decides to go the whole length and make a film that is not bogged down by the need for songs or being filmy.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Ankur Pathak, Rediff : ...What’s sweeping is the vibrant urgency with which the camera detains some of the movie’s crucial scenes. The exaggerated background score compliments the swift camera movements, but somewhere the Singham-esque violence doesn’t fit in. ... full review
So-So, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...the entire point of Rangrezz is to preach to us that pig-headed parents are completely justified in preventing children from choosing their own life partners because, well, young people are too irresponsible, hormonally driven and sexually obsessed to be taken seriously in such matters.... full review
So-So, by Latika Payak, Bollywood Life : ...Coming to the performances of the actors, Jackky Bhagnani doesn’t impress, but (and thankfully) doesn’t make you cringe too, unlike his onscreen girlfriend, Priya Anand who has a loudspeaker attached to all her expressions.... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine : ...What makes matters further interesting is a very good background score coupled with the song ‘Shambhu’ that can well be termed as the highlight of the film.... full review
So-So, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...However in the second half, the movie doesn't pick up to a high note and rather slows down a bit, to which eventually it maintains a fine balance between poor and excellent. ... full review
So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Rangrezz had immense potential and a thorougly tested story to make for a great watch but the lose screenplay and trite writing ruined the chance. ... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The film has been executed with conviction. The actions scenes are great and accompanied by some great music. Camerawork by Santosh Sivan is commendable.... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...I hated the Tamil original Naadodigal, but at least that film was set in a somewhat rustic milieu where such attitudes – towards friendship, towards love, towards life – could be expected. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Like all Priyadarshan movies, RANGREZZ has been filmed very well, although I wish to add, the director's newer lot of movies, for some reason, appear like a diluted version of his earlier accomplished works. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Jackyy's sidekicks are quite good, the heroine is a total waste and so we come to Jackyy. I had this dialogue running in my head through the movie saying "his dad is paying for this" but he is not terrible. He has a sincerity about him which I like. But that's that... full review
Thumbs down, by Swati Deogire, In.com : ...'Rangrezz' perhaps carries an important message for elopers and those who help them, but it gets buried six feet under by the ridiculous acting.... full review
Thumbs down, by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY : ...Rangrezz is loud but not enough to be cheesy; it is funny but not enough to be a comedy, it is serious but not enough to be taken seriously and has an interesting premise but with so many gaps that it can barely make sense... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...For all its drama, competently shot images (cinematographer: Santosh Sivan), and intriguing climax, Rangrezz fails to hold for much of its long duration.... full review
Thumbs down, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...The performance of the cast is praiseworthy with Jackky acting and dancing quite well, ably supported by Vijay Verma's crazy mannerism. Priya Anand looks pretty and acts well.... full review
VIVECKVASWANI: Rangrezz works on all levels! Priyans best effort in a long long long time!
varaddongreshiv: Rangrezz is gud film
uMi_lOvErS: aWsUm mOvIe......RanGReZz........:-):-):-):-):-):-):-)
TheTanna: Saw Rangrezz yesterday... Very nice movie... And yeah a good lesson to be learnt...
TejShirodkar: #rangrezz -a brilliant movie on friendship,betrayal and ofcourse revenge. killer action and a movie with a perfect story.
sunitachoudha12: rangrezz is a beautiful movie
SNEED87: Rangrezz an awesome movie must watch, am sure @jackkybhagnani a superstar in the making #respect
Shujeel: #rangrezz is just out of the world better den any other versions a must watch
ShubhamBelekar: Rangrezz._its a must watch movie ..characters have presented friendship in very true way..I thnk 4 stars ll justify d film. @jackkybhagnani
Shubh_Aarambh: #Rangrezz was seen today. Liked it.
shivangchopra99: Don't know about others...But I LOVED #Rangrezz And @jackkybhagnani 's Acting! :D
shalini50301104: Rangrez a good movie to watch.....
rblvineet: Rangrezz such a ossom movie, for best frnds.
RamuKakaOnline: #Rangrezz Unpredictable, interesting plot. Natural performances. Recommended watch!
raje143: Just saw RANGREZZ. was an excellent movie...full of emotions,drama,twist and frndship 3.5 from me:-)<3
Prtk_Live: #Rangrezz is definitely a film to watch.. nicely directed by priyan sir and @jackkybhagnani,Vijay Verma and Amitosh Nagpal acted brilliantly
PrashantTdixit: Rangrezz ... Movie with some good Direction, Action, Writing/Script. #Rahul #ChachaJaan
panarac: Day start from RANGREZ.its wonderful movie.
NiteshBose: Watchd #Rangrezz Osum movie.. Dosto kuch sabak lo..
Neeka_15: Rangrezz! Haha epic good stuff.
Nandini_Bundhoo: Rangrezz: a must-watch movie wiz a powerful story abt true frndship & love.enjoyed thoroughly..@jackkybhagnani best performance till date
MTANSHIT: Thanks dude for making us all feel #Rangrezz @jackkybhagnani :-)A must watch for indian teens
MissSwtSoul: Rangrezz was good. I liked it, Must watch!
mirzasuhail45: Awesome movie.. (: #Rangrezz.. ;)
malinijohri: Rangrez -- don't miss! Another friends story with message !
madhukarpandey: #Rangrezz : Very impressive. A good flick by Priyadarshan after long.
LalitMangeshkar: #Rangrezz @jackkybhagnani gr8 movie
Karankashyyap: #Rangrezz superbbb Movie...
Im_Ridhi: Awsome movie #rangrezz @jackkybhagnani u rocked man!! Loved it.. A must watch wid friends... #friendship_rocks
himeshmankad: Rangrezz has a very good 1st half and a average 2nd half whch lets us dwn bt over all it has a v good message whch mkes it watchable
harshjk: Saw rangrezz great movie....@jackkybhagnani acting is really good in the movie.
freakishmee92: Yaar Ke Liye Kucch Bhi Karne Wale Ko Rangrezz Kehte Hain Really! Awesome Movie @jackkybhagnani #Rangrezz
DreamyNisha: Jackky watched Rangrezz yesterday it was amazing! :D the story was heart touching :') @jackkybhagnani
deepesh_11: ...enjoyed the movie.....Pakkya rocked & MaanSingh too... #Rangrezz (:
ChhaviBhatt: rangrezz is a superb film
Arunking000: hello all of u guyz must watch RANGREZZ the awesome movie who taught u about the friendship wht its man wht it is? so go and watch
anuragsingh1910: RANGREZZ s very simple,enduring,tragic .if u have a take on friendsp ,watch it.enjoyd d movie & extend friends r willing 2 go 4 each other..
AnishRoy17: rangrezz is one of the best movie of this year.seriously outstanding.and sir i like your acting so much@jacky bhagnani.
aishpokharna: #rangrezz........watchd with ma cousins.....liked the movie......!!
aca_rajnish: Rangrezz.. A nice movie.. Nice story .. Nice direction....
AaHanECtaa: Guys one time RangRezz zarur dekhna if you truely Love your Friends :)))
sjoshipura: #Rangrezz Could Have Been So Much Better !! Average !
MrTHAR: its a nice time pass movie....jab kisi se umeed nhi krte to jara sa bhi milta h to kushi hoti hai #rangrez
Moviezpedia: Here are the ratings for the weekend releases! Aatma - 2.5* Rangrezz - 2.5* Django Unchained - 4* Olympus Has Fallen - 2* Sona Spa - 2*
MonsieurAwasthi: #Rangrez ,not so good afterall. Vague ending. #average
MayurKashyap: The 1st half is excellent but the 2nd half is dull.The movie could've been finished in the 1st half itself!Overall an 1 time watch.#Rangrezz
hemal1986: Just say this Hindi movie called rangrezz was like one time watch !!!
womkerr: Priyadarshan's 'Rangrezz' is downright rubbish. My review --- http://womkerroncinema.blogspot.in/2013/03/colourless-emotions.html
vinzykavya: No offense to jackie but only good thing about rangrez was the title itself jackie is a great actor he should b choosy about his films
varun_k02: #rangrezz Bhagnaniji..itna paisa hain toh koi punya ke kaam main lagao na..aisi barbaadi kyu kar rahe ho?!
upsidedakshin: #Rangrezz bad plot, tried giving a message but turned out to be shaddy. Performance wise Jaccky was pretty good and his friends were good.
Time_To_Prove: Rangrez : shit of a movie..
Tarun0886: Rangrezz is so unlike Priyadarshan's make.. Good concept but sad plot, bad direction and even worse Ending..!! Not again sir jee...
StretfordEnd112: Rangrezz- So many flaws, so many.
saifu_rm: Done with Rangrezz - total disaster ! Now heading towards Jolly LLB to neutralise !
Robin_aries: 'Rangrezz' is too bland to impress you
ParthGoel5: Saw rangrez horrible, horrible , horrible, God save the viewers
OQSpot: I'd high expectations of #Rangrezz but a bit disappointed. Jackky was fab. Priya Anand had a small role but story let it down. Tepid watch
noHITdhARMANI: #Rangrezz is @jackkybhagnani's best performance by far. He proved himself as an actor in this one. But Priyadarshan failed big big time..!
ManiacRockstar: Was forced to watch Rangrezz with my cousin today. *Tweeting from a mental asylum now*
Kronosthelord: Rangrezz is without a doubt, the most crap filed movie of the year.
Kattar_Hindu7: Dear @jackkybhagnani #RAngrezz is Awesome Movie made by Priyadarshan. But Weakest Part of Movie is your Worst acting. So It became Flop-est.
InsaneMovieGeek: #Rangrezz becomes unwatchable with every passing minute.
iAshh: Entire Rangrez team shld b given life imprisonment for culpable homicide,illegal confinement for 2hrs&abetment 2 suicide.
FarazSalat: #Rangrezz is a typical bollywood's mechanical flick, and fails to show anything fresh. A waste of time.
dhunji: Also Rangrezz is a story of friendship and betrayal - Priyadarshan and Santosh Sivan's friendship and their betrayal of the producer
beingchaturvedi: Today u had lunch with my friends and after that we all watched rangrezz :) the film was not good at all
avneeshw: Rangrezz - A movie which starts on a bad note and gets worse as the movie progresses.....till you realize that you... http://www.facebook.com/avneeshw/posts/10151298962765685
akshaybafana: #Rangrezz Never watch a movie starring the producer's child as protagonist. Atleast b4 reading the reviews
_badmashi: Watch RangreZz at your own risk..."!!!!
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.