Despite a borderline cheesy trailer, Revolver Rani - the name, the supposedly women-centric theme and post-Queen Kangna Ranaut make you believe that this film has potential to be a winner. Interestingly enough the cheesiness in the trailer is actually borderline enjoyable quirkiness; the women-centric theme is "supposedly" at the end of it all and Kangna Ranaut does a fantastic job of bringing the zaniness alive.
However, the disappointment with how the "woman-centric" bit of the story plays out takes away everything from what is or could be appreciable about the film. Despite the spoofiness and the goofiness of it all, I just couldn't believe that was how it was panning out for her, our Revolver Rani.
On the other hand, Kangna Raut makes every bit of the crazy Revolver Rani (aka Alka) as believable as enjoyable. Yes, she's over-the-top but in a good way. Now, that's something I'd say very rarely about an OTT performance. Sure, there are places where she loses it and certainly it is one of those performances where the labor shows. But, I must say after Queen I give the lady extra points for just trying. She does lose her steam in some scenes. But, it is unfair to blame it all on her.
The writing itself loses steam and becomes repetitive once too often. The second half tries to bring sense to the plot which is a disservice to the hilarity of it all. It doesn't help that other than Revolver Rani, none of the characters get any attention from the writers. They are all rather plain and painfully predictable.
The one thing that is consistent and would have been beautiful if it were paid a little more attention to is the background score. It is so asynchronous to the visuals that it adds a layer to the eccentricity.
Revolver Rani makes you feel it had the potential to be an enjoyable, out-of-the-box film. But, I doubt, with that second half there was any possible redemption.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Revolver Rani is a quirky, kitschy, weird, outrageous, funny, soppy, outlandish tale of a marauding woman’s coming of age. It does fire blanks at times, but more often than not hit the bull’s eye... full review
Thumbs up, by Bhagyashri Pawar, Bollywood Life : ...Kangana Ranaut’s performance in Revolver Rani is rip-roaring. She outshines everyone else in the film. Vir Das’ role could be done by anyone else and we couldn’t care lesser.... full review
Thumbs up, by Stutee Ghosh , Planet Bollywood : ...On the level of performance Kangna Ranaut and her on screen confidante Piyush Mishra shine through effortlessly. Zeishan Quadri as a Michael Jackson obsessed side kick is brilliant. And the scheming politicians played by Zakir Hussain and Kumud Mishra are in a league of their own. Vir Das spoofs Shahrukh Khan most of the time which it seems is the requirement of his on- screen phony character and therefore tolerable!... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Do watch this desi Kill Bill of sorts to experience a different kind of Bollywood film. Forgive the inconsistent second half, and what you have is a film that entertains, makes you laugh, and gives you food for thought. Truth be told, the film is worthwhile for Kangna Ranaut’s performance alone. Don’t miss! ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Wish Dhulia had taken Sai Kabir’s basic concept, but chosen to script and direct this film himself. As things stand, Revolver Rani has many wonderful moments and ideas, but as a whole it’s neither satirical enough nor farcical enough nor intense enough nor thrilling enough to be what it seems to want to be. It’s not the cracker of a film that it could have been. Despite all its pluses, what it ends up being instead, is a damb squib... full review
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, REVOLVER RANI has engaging moments, but they are few and far between. This being Kangna's immediate film release after the remarkable success of QUEEN may benefit the film to an extent.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...There’s a brief period in the second half where Vir Das is getting married on the loop to different women and it's truly hilarious. Pity then that the rest of the film is so bipolar in nature. Had Sai Kabir maintained the same vein of rhetoric throughout the film, this would've been a memorable adult, action comedy. Ironically it is... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The cross-pop-culture references, smattering of English in the dehati dialogues, the badly done dark make-up are hindrances to enjoyment.... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Revolver Rani is not a novel movie, although the concept certainly is. If you are not expecting much in terms of intensity, then you must watch it. And if you are a Kangna Ranaut fan, does the story really matter?... full review
So-So, by Divya Pal, IBN Live : ...Revolver Rani' is Kangana Ranaut's film. Besides giving an insight into her bad-tempered ways as an avenging dacoit and politico, she also gives a glimpse into her human side and maternal instincts... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Revolver Rani is a better than good film that is pulled back due to its hassle some screenplay and craggy editing. The film could have been way more meritorious with heightened drama and better action but suffering from the known second hour plague, the film loses focus squandering its potential in thin air. Kangana Ranaut however, doesn’t allow the film to waste away. Her enigma alone makes it quite an irresistible and scrummy watch... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty-saha, MiD DAY : ...The best thing about this film is of course, Kangna. The capable actress portrays this offbeat role of a violent, passionate but vulnerable dacoit with commendable ease. Wish her make-up was in sync with her character, as she seemed more fashionably tanned than dusky. The other actors, Mishra, Hussain and company are competent as usual. The only letdown in the film is Vir Das, who seemed to be struggling hard to (unsuccessfully) fit into the whole scheme of things. The next best thing about this film is its music. Watch it.... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...The film may not be an idea of a perfect weekend getaway. However for the fans of Kangana and those who like to have a dekko at an (occasional) quirky narrative, Revolver Rani does make for a fine watch... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum?? Well the movie has plenty of wacky stuff indulged in it along with a different type of performances by Kangana Ranaut. The movie's plot line is interesting and has some good dark humor attached to it. However, the movie is ruined by bad execution, weak screenplay and unwanted sidetracks. Besides Kanagana's character, all the other characters are half-baked and lacked the intensity. 'Revolver Rani' should have been more dark and realistic as its name sounded, sadly it turns out to be just a colourful water pistol, which only looks appealing and works for a short period lacking the hard hitting factor.... full review
So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Sai Kabir tries really hard to turn crude to class however, despite having all elements he ends up with a sluggish and half-baked plot. Watch it only for the exceptional performance of Kangana Ranaut. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice : ...It is difficult to forgive a film that dulls Kangana’s sparkle, especialy after Queen. All that fire going to waste. The potential of a biting satire, of an entertaining hinterland tale going to waste. Here’s hoping co-producer Tigmanshu Dhulia learns from this mistake and gives us the real deal in his next venture.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...For those still in the ‘Queen’ hangover, ‘Revolver Rani’ won’t be an easy pill to swallow. However, the film does manage to establish Kangna’s range as an actor. The transition from Rani to ‘Revolver Rani’ has not exactly been a seamless one, but full marks for the effort. ... full review
Thumbs down, FirstPost : ...The only thing more infuriating than a film with no redeeming qualities, is a film that has an interesting concept but wastes its potential. Revolver Rani falls smack down in the middle of the latter territory... full review
vivekranjit: Revolver Rani - Dhamakedaar!! Some real good, over-the-top, grindhouse type fun with kickass performances from... https://www.facebook.com/vivekranjit/posts/10152190024929888
thatdarkcoffee: Revolver Rani is a brilliant satire on Indian regional politics. Kangana nailed it once again.
sonaligupta615: Revolver Rani lives up to my expectations. Thumbs up!
shivom_oza: Quite enjoyed Revolver Rani. Yet, Dhulia would have taken it to an another level.
sheth77: Revolver rani .. good movie ! Kangana you nearly rocked again ..!!
shah_zaib_ahmed: Marvellous performance by @thevirdas revolver rani - a must watch!
sd_iflex: "Revolver Rani" is one breezy,OTT,crazy caper. An endearing saga of Coco,Chum Chum and their Chemistry. Very creative conceptualization. Wow
sanjanaa: Revolver Rani. What a brilliantly made film. Not without feminist and caste critique though. But please go watch it, will you? Just go.
sairaparkar: Watched REVOLVER RANI 2nd half too good!!!
romaanch: Watched Revolver rani...brilliant cinema..grt performance by kangana n superb direction. ..
mihirs55: Had low expectations of Revolver Rani but Kangana's performance and political intrigue is very refreshing. Bollywood is dishing out variety
meajay: Revolver Rani was fantastic. And it's written and directed by a 30 year old. The kids these days!
Kishnani_T: Revolver Rani - something different kuch hatke and Kangana Ranaut and @thevirdas are brilliant, go watch it if you haven't
kavi74: Revolver rani is a rocking movie
JessicaMathur: every1 watch revolver rani..bohut haso ge
Ish_Malhotra: Revolver Rani. A genre breaker. Amazing work #kangnaranaut and #virdas. Not only have you picked amazing scripts,you've done justice to them
gaganichake: Revolver Rani (My rating: * * * *). Kangana Ranaut does it again. #RevolverRani #kanganaRanaut
dhrishnit: Revolver Rani. Today. Gajab talent tohar, Ranaut!
dancerali: Though over all the movie is good, Kangana Ranaut's performance is mind blowing! Vir Das is awesome too! C Revolver Rani for these 2 actors!
Bikashp21: Love the film Revolver Rani what a acting by kangana
becauseofb: Revolver Rani is quite an experiment that I loved. Probably not meant for everybody. Great work Sai Kabir and Kangana!
bbjns: Revolver Rani is a nice movie watch it guys :) #Suraj
baybeh3: seen revolver rani and I love it... kangana I love you baybeh
asgaraligain: Guys go and watch 'Revolver Rani' in your near by theatres its an amazing movie.KANAGANA RANAUT IS OUTSTANDING IN THE MOVIE
amitafjd: Revolver rani.... a must watch movie for kangnas fans...
abu1383: Revolver rani has its flaws but much better than recently released stupid blockbusters ! Kangana rocks yet again !
99thprecint: revolver rani was no GoW but still v entertaining!! kangana and vir were brilliant!!!
33Salvi: Watched Revolver rani ..... loved it . Totally paisa vasul cinema.
SushilKTomar: Revolver Rani is confusing.
supernovapras: Revolver Rani 3 stars. kangana experimenting something new, well done.. 1st half is draggy. 2 half with lot of twist and turns. fun and gun.
rajdandy143: Watched Revolver Rani ***/5 must watch atleast once *ing @kangna_ranaut! Awesome acting @SrBachchan has to write one more letter to her :)
KrSaurabhVerma: Movie Review: Revolver Rani : 3/5, The movie is a dark satire not many people may like. To idiosyncratic guys... https://www.facebook.com/ksverma0410/posts/774283809256389
ankitt_01: Revolver Rani- One time watch.
AishaDaga: Revolver rani...ridonculous, but entertaining to an extent.
1vani: Had high expectations of Revolver Rani. What a let down ,pretty average movie.
varunyadav89: Revolver Rani KO dhain dhain dhain ... Pathetic movie alter very long time
ThePage7: Revolver Rani added to the list of movies I left during the interval! Can give it a miss! ~PM
TheFraudMallu: My heartfelt condolences to the embarrassed parents, sitting next to me, for bringing the kids to watch Revolver Rani.
srirameragam: except for kanganas performance 'REVOLVER RANI' is a boring fare
snalcool: One of the worst movies of all time- Revolver Rani! Please donot watch at all. It really sucks!! — feeling fucked
Shobhitchaudhry: Revolver Rani. 0 stars to Kangana. Bc Queen me kamayi hui sari izzat paani me mila di. Vur das ko minus 5 starts
sheshankanand: kitty part stuff that bollywood dishes out for the aspirational classes and Revolver Rani is one such attempt (though a half baked one)in
sanwat: Revolver rani! Dumbest movie i have ever seen.
roadkingamogh: Revolver Rani is the female version of Bullet Raja #boringmovie
richard29033866: Revolver rani...not satisfactory **stars
Pratyz_185: "Revolver Rani" is total bakwaas. Mr. Director 'Gangs of Wasseypur' was made once and can not be copied. Try something better or different.
nitinfive: Revolver Rani....it is a confused film...This is not Kangana Ranaut’s territory...film will definitely die..... —... https://www.facebook.com/nitinagarwal05/posts/711524262203849
morning_sizzlr: I want my money spend on Revolver Rani refunded. Pencho koi itni chutiya movie kaise bna sakta h
meetshivamhere: Waste Of Time = Revolver Rani.....!!
lubna_anila: Revolver rani equals to headache!
lothbroking: 'Revolver Rani' reminded me a little of '300: Rise of an Empire'. Great female character wasted on a bad script.
LizaSaha: Revolver Rani is a perfect example of a great idea and bad execution
JaisinghJiya: Bmm students make better movies than revolver rani -,- except for Kangana the movie is worthless :/
imohitupadhyay: Revolver Rani is a waste of money annd time.
iamshapit: Just saw the revolver rani. Mine before the movie :) Mine after the movie :(
HappyGoAkki: Watched two horrible movies this week - 2 States & Revolver Rani. Why do I even have any expectations? #Sigh
GeetanjaliKaul: Watched half of revolver Rani the biggest mistake was to even watch half of it the best decision made was walking out halfway.
FilmyNerd: Revolver Rani is just a failed attempt to imitate Anurag Kashyap school of cool
dsouzaarnold: All the good that Kangana did in Queen was undone by Revolver Rani.....half the audience in the theatre was on their phone
DilDarBaDar: Revolver Rani was a fun watch. But the other way you can put it in 'so-bad-it's-good' category.
dheerajmalineni: revolver rani :felt borin n ovr rated by critics queen ws much btr ..2/5
caprismart: 70mins into Revolver Rani. Still trying to make some sense of it. Is it slapstick or dry or sarcastic or idiotic joke, on us.
cahimanshu_kuma: Plz don't watch Revolver Rani for d sake of your hard earned money... A real blood and brain sucker!!!
Bitter_Scotch: Second heartbreaking discovery of the day: Revolver Rani kinda blows.
BhukkadMata: Bloody horrible week. And capped it off with Revolver Rani. I wish I had stayed at home instead.
babwire87: Revolver rani good attempt too stretched too long
babanitin: Baba's verdict for Revolver Rani: avoidable! Kangana - u should have avoided this film ...... nN
av22292: After a long time remarkable bollywood movie ...Revolver Rani
arpnthluvsu: Revolver Rani #ab_mard_ko_dard_hoga What nonsense
Apoorvgarg2: Didn't liked revolver rani!!!!!!!!!! Such a bogus
angelicgabie: Revolver Rani....= wat non sense
akshaybadkar: Who the hell made revolver rani???
aditichopraa: Watched Revolver Rani - wouldn't recommend even if it's the last movie ever made. Utter waste 21/5 hours on a Sunday!
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