Director Ravi Jadhav is thought to be one of the spearheading producers in Marathi film marks his Bollywood directorial debut with ‘Banjo’. The film will take you to the ghettos of Mumbai in the midst of an emotional plot.
Taraat (Riteish Deshmukh), Grease (Dharmesh Yalende), Paper and Vajaya are four companions living in the slums of Mumbai. Having seen hopelessness for every one of their lives, these four have aspirations of getting to be rich and famous sometime in the not so distant future. Taraat, who is mainly a blackmailer, plays a Banjo in extra time. Grease is a mechanic and runs a little garage, Paper circulates daily papers and Vajaya is jobless. They have a band which is renowned in their region and gain cash by playing on celebrations. Members from an opponent band, who also live in the same region, are excited about giving just desserts to Taraat and company. Mike (Luke Kenny) hears Banjo band, records a video and sends it to his companion Christina (Nargis Fakhri), who is a DJ based in America.
Christina is soon to participate in the New York music festival and chooses to play with the Banjo band. She travels to Mumbai looking for the band and unexpectedly a slum master selects Taraat to help Christina. After a series of events, Christina can get some answers concerning the band and persuade Taraat and his team to try out for the festival. But, things take an ugly turn when Taraat gets blamed for killing the slum master. What takes after is the thing that “Banjo” is about.
Director Ravi Jadhav’s first endeavor in Bollywood is recognizable. He is fruitful in drawing out the nearby Marathi flavor in the western context. He has likewise composed the screenplay alongside Kapil Sawant and Nikhil Mehrotra, which is predictable yet entertaining. “Banjo” will take you back to the 90’s since the film has a romantic tale, feelings and a connivance. The film could have been vastly improved in several aspects and henceforth it remains a one time watch. The humour in the film resembles a much-needed refresher.
Manoj Lobo has shot the Mumbai ghettos flawlessly, particularly the Ganpati celebration. The introduction song of Riteish Deshmukh will help you to remember Hrithik Roshan in Agneepath and Shah Rukh Khan in Don. Since the film depends on a Banjo band, a ton of segments in the film look like ‘Rock On’. A special mention for the ensembles which are finished by Divya and Nidhi Gambhir and Aminah Haddah and make the characters look practical. Music by Vishal-Shekhar is lively however the songs are the greatest obstacles of the film interfering with the mood except from the band performances.
In the previous couple of years, Riteish Deshmukh has avoided his comic picture, be it ‘Ek Villain’ or ‘Banjo’. Despite the fact that he has a comical side in the film, he also tries hard to make the audience cry. Soaked in mud, open shirt with a tore denims and a rockstar haircut, Riteish’s appearance is much better than his acting. His execution is great yet in bits and pieces. Nargis Fakhri, who anglicizes parts in her movies is great however she can’t remove the center from her poor acting with a flawless American accent. Luke Kenny and Dharmesh Yelande are great. Mohan Kapoor does a fair job with regards to as an obstinate yet sleaky coordinator of a music festival.
“Banjo” is a light-hearted entertainer which is much the same as whatever other music based film. It would appear that, the movie producer was making a decent attempt to coordinate up to the principles set by ‘Rock On’ yet fails to do as such. The film is absolutely a one time watch.