Movie Review: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

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Release: 01.06.2018

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Writer: Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Abhay Koranne

Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Nishikanth Kamat


Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is a fight against corruption exposed via new media and so what if the hero covers his face with a paper bag as long as he targets all the wrongs in city like breaking signals or cutting trees.

It is also a tale of three friends Bhavesh/ Priyanshi Painyuli, Sikander/ Harshvardhan Kapoor and Rajat/ Ashish Verma who come together because they want to change the city but with time, while Rajat and Sikandar move on only Bhavesh remains committed to the cause.

What works about the film is the shot taking, action and splendid cinematography capturing Mumbai city in the dark lanes. The chase sequence involving motorcycles driving over bridges and rail tracks right inside the train compartments is the highlight of the film.

What doesn’t work about the film is the pace and the length 153 minutes, post interval the film drags with long, repetitive sequences.

The characters are far too exaggerated. The superhero can fuse electric connections, hack computers and even create motorbikes.

In the climax, his friend pulls him out of the water, drives him to the hospital and back home without police case or obstacles.

Here was a subject that had all the potential of becoming a cult film instead three prominent writers transform into a story of personal vendetta. A tragedy!

Among performances, mention must be made of Priyanshi who portrays Bhavesh Joshi with passion.

Harshwardhan Kapoor who debuted in the romantic Mirziya in 2016 proves that he can shine as an action hero as well.

I rate Bhavesh Joshi Superhero with 2.5 stars


I am melody

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I am feelings.

Created with feelings…

Played with feelings…

I am easy to hurt and easy to break.

My Lord Krishna knew this and preserved me, wrapped in silk and tucked in his waistband, and protected from sun and rain. He knew I was cold in the winter, that I expanded unevenly and often cracked, unable to bear the wind and so, always wrapped me in his shawl.

He knew I am fragile and guarded me in diverse climate, oiled me in the night to keep me strong and sturdy. I have memories of the warm mustard oil served by Yashoda maa at night, tenderly massaged by my Lord before he rested me to sleep beside him.

Sometimes, Kaanha’s sakhas wanted to pamper me and soaked me in linseed and walnut oil but they were not as well versed in the delicate process as my Lord, and this often had adverse effects. They were unaware that my threads and the blowing hole had to remain dry and in their ignorance, caused me harm. My Lord was worried because after that I lost my voice for a few days.


Next week I introduce to a new character of the book



I am Baashi

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I look simple but I am intricate and demanding.

I call for diligence, for a method and appropriate measures failing which I cannot deliver melody. The positioning of the finger holes is calculated by measuring the bamboo shaft’s inner and outer diameters.

There is a formula in creating me. It is a special skill and this has to be intuitive, it cannot be taught or mentored.

The biggest challenge in structuring me is that I don’t give my creator a second chance. The flute maker has only one chance to burn my holes and a single mistake in calculation will ruin me forever.  He knows this and is careful to initiate a small hole, he then plays the note using a chromatic tuner and a drone called tanpura and gradually, bit by bit, with focused trial and adjustments, he invents a melody by sanding the holes in small increments.


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To be continued


I am Baanhi

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Some say I originated from South Asia and was identified as a musical instrument associated with the cowherds and the pastoral tradition.

I am linked to the legendary love story of Lord Krishna and Radha and also depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 CE.

The present generation knows me through skilled artistes who have mastered me and are custodians of music generated through me.

There are innumerable stories connected to my melody, innumerable stories of the effect it had on the Braj bhoomi, the villagers, the animals, birds, and the insects of Vrindavan.

It is said that I originated from the Sanskrit word bans – meaning bamboo and sur – meaning melody. While everyone has one family, I have two types of families: transverse and fipple.

The transverse or side-blown bamboo flute is from northern India. It is one of the world’s most ancient instruments, having existed in more or less in its current form for about 4,000 years.


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To be continued




I am Bansuri

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I was discovered amidst nature, created from a bamboo, and nourished in natural surroundings.

That is why every time I open my heart to express, flowers bloom, birds sing, and the skyline changes colours.

Legend has it that Lord Krishna would stroll every evening into the forest to communicate with the trees. He loved them and never failed to express his affection to all the branches and all the leaves. The trees adored him and every time he walked into the forest, they blossomed in his presence.


“The secret perhaps is in submission…If you submit to the sound of the flute, to the Lord, you’ll be drawn into the fragrance of the melody and maybe then, you will not find me invasive…”

In his discourse to his devotees, Sri Krishna emphasises the importance of the flute and draws similarities with human life. He explains that in the human body as in the flute, there are eight main spots: The five organs of perception, mind, intellect, and ego.


If you get rid of your ego and become like a hollow reed flute, then the Lord will come to you, pick you up, place you on his lips, and breathe through you… Then out of the hollowness of your heart he will create a captivating melody and consume you in his fragrance for eternity.


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To be continued


I am Murli

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I am melody.

I am tranquillity.

I am ancient, I am organic and I’m the oldest among the earliest musical instruments discovered by mankind and therefore associated with Satyug and the deities.

There is mention of me in the Puranas and mention of me in the scriptures written thousands of years ago.

I am the mode of communication between Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha Rani. I am also the bone of contention between them and the reason of anxiety for Krishna’s gopikas. They are all envious of me and often complain to their Lord about me.

My Lord is aware of their resentment towards me and also their attraction for me. Everyone obsessed with Kaanha nurses mixed emotions towards me because I am where they desire to be.

I understand their hostility.

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To be continued