Movie Name : Judgementall Hai Kya
Cast : Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Amyra Dastur, Satish Kaushik, Jimmy Shergill.
Director : Prakash Kovelamudi
Producer : Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms
Ratings : 3.5 stars.
From ‘Mental Hai Kya’ to ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’, the movie seems to be having a spree when it comes to tackling controversies. Be it a controversy regarding the title to Kangana Ranaut’s verbal spat with a journalist, Balaji Telefilms has gone through it all. However, even if the world turns upside down, what ultimately matters for a film is the ‘content’ and with due respect to this factor, the movie is a winner for sure.
The movie starts on an interesting note, when the younger version of Kangana, aka Bobby, sees her parents fight like cats and dogs, which has a deep impact on her thought process. The situation turns worse when she loses her parents due to accidental death and eventually gets to a situation where hallucinating is the new ‘cool’ for the character.
Bobby grows up to be a woman who is skeptical about certain things around, which enables people around her to be intimidated in a certain way. This has resulted in tenants escaping from her abode of heaven because Bobby and her habits were too scary for them to handle. Then enters Rajkummar aka Keshav into the scene with his wife as tenants in her house. There’s an immediate attraction from Bobby’s end towards Keshav and although she is able to hide it from the rest of the world, she is unable to do the same from her own self. The result is clear! Excessive distraction from her work and excessive obsession and fetish for Keshav. Bobby, who is a voice-over artiste, gets easily distracted when dubbing for a scene and imagines every scene that she sees on the screen to be herself and Keshav. So much is the extent of her being extremely passionate and frenzied about Keshav that she also develops the propensity to photoshop images of her to co-relate with the scene she dubs. It’s madness for sure, but still, when one watches the whole thing, he or she is bound to be intrigued.
Keshav throughout the film gives you mixed vibes regarding the nature of his character as he constantly ‘looks to be’ flipping between the good character and the evil one. Bobby however ultimately loses it and does things which will make you ask as to why. The character looks to be evolving from a tender acute psychosis patient to someone who has absolutely lost it. Keshav’s character, on the other hand, looks more of the ‘calm before the storm’ nature and that’s exactly what has happened with the film. After Keshav’s first wife dies, he moves to London to marry once again, this time coincidentally Kangana’s sister. Well, that’s smooth for sure. After all, the world is a small place. Bobby suspects Keshav to be the culprit and the murderer of his wife whereas Keshav, on the other hand, is hell-bent to prove everything is going wrong in his life because of Bobby’s presence around him and his current spouse. Bobby feels threatened because of Keshav’s presence around her sister and tries to protect her whereas Keshav feels that Bobby is obsessed with him and wants to break his marriage.
However one cannot ignore Bobby and her disorder which does exist for sure. That’s the reason she co-relates her situation in the film with Sita who needs to kill the ‘ravan’ of the story to ensure victory and conquest. Throughout the film, there are few scenes related to this ‘Sita’ saga which although has its own subjective relevance, the mass might fail to interpret and that’s detrimental to the interest of the film. But hey, come on! No film has its moments 100% on point and hence we can give it a benefit of doubt. However, it is the climax and the conclusion that might just blow you away because of the element of ‘perfection’ and ‘research’ revolving around it. The climax unfolds into something totally unexpected (at least for the majority) and some of the shots are totally well-planned and executed. It’s the climax that eventually decides the fate of this movie and it clears the test in this matter.
The performances have been top-notch from both Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar. And why not? When two actors of extremely high potential and calibre unite, the performance is never a matter of concern and both Kangana and Rajkummar absolutely nail it with the enactment of their respective characters and layers. They have been well supported by actors like Amyra Dastur (Keshav’s first wife) and Satish Kaushik who plays the role of an entertaining cop in a very light and subtle way. Amrita Puri too showed her skills to perfection and was a relevant part of the second half in the movie.
IWMBuzz Verdict: Kangana Ranaut has been absolutely magnificent in her role and she has proved it definitely that it should always be the work that should do the talking and her work is definitely talking a lot regarding her potential. Rajkummar too has set high standards and he is living up to it in every film that he is working. There’s a surprise element of Jimmy Shergill’s presence in the film and he manages to work his way and make his presence felt within the limited screen space that he had. The music although is average, the background score is something that sets the pace of the movie well. But the best part from the technical side of things is the lighting and the cinematography. The use of lights and colors in certain scenes simply adds a different level of value to the whole scene and it is backed by some extremely good and highly dexterous and adroit cinematography. Overall, the film will surely give you vibes of a Shriram Raghavan classic and has all the makings of a cult thriller. The only factor worth worrying is the fact that some of the scenes are shots that are so intense with deeper connotations that it might just be too difficult for the general audience to understand and hence because of them probably failing to determine the subjective relevance of certain scenes, they might just label it as a film which is highly ‘intellectual’ and classify it as something beyond general public interest. Watch it for sure for the performances of Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao and it’s a must-watch if you are into the thriller zone. Ignore if ‘mysteries’ and ‘thrillers’ aren’t your comfort zone.