Film Review: Banjo
Director: Ravi Jadhav
Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri
Rating: 1 star
A slum dweller and his friends work on mundane jobs for a living and in the evening for refreshment play a band at local events. They are untrained but talented and are discovered by a musician of Indian origin in America who has to create an album with new sound.
A friend sends her what he has recorded in the by-lanes of Mumbai at the annual Ganpati festival and she is charged. She packs her bags to arrive in Mumbai to search the band and offer them a platform. They are ready for the experience but there is a communication problem.
Nargis Fakhri does not speak their language but through trial and error they somehow strike a chord and deliver the album she is looking for.
If only director Ravi Jadhav had also managed to communicate with his audience. Sadly all he manages is to create colorful ambience, great posters and cacophony in the name of music. It is difficult to believe that this is the same man who made acclaimed Marathi films like Bal Gandharva and Natarang.
There is not a single, soulful moment in the film that bonds you to the character or the story. No attention to logic, detail or sensibility. Nothing works about the film, not the music, not Riteish Deshmukh unfortunately and certainly not Nargis Fakhri, can she please rethink of a career option.
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