Banjo Movie Review | Critic Reviews

Banjo Hindi Movie Review

Banjo Hindi Movie Review

Total Reviews - 14
Average Rating - 4.1/10
Yes - 2
No - 9
Neutral - 3
Watchable? - 35%

Critic Reviews Banjo

  • Times of India | Review By -Renuka Vyavahare Rating-7/10
While the story is pretty formulaic (a bunch of street musicians making it big by winning against all odds), the execution and supporting performances are heartfelt. The music could have been better though. Addition of unnecessary drama and random events in the second half slows down the pace considerably, also making the film a tad cliched.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-4/10
In the end, the notion of a film about an undervalued genre of musicians is more compelling than "Banjo" itself. It starts out from a promising place, but fails to make any leaps or strides. I'm going with a generous two out of five.
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  • Film Companion | Review By -Anupama Chopra Rating-4/10
The culprits are a convoluted, over-stuffed storyline, excessive visual razzmatazz and an uneven soundtrack. I also enjoyed Vishal Shekhar’s energetic Bappa song and the band members. But mostly Banjo is an over-cooked mess.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Rohit Vats Rating-6/10
Had this 137-minute film refrained from long cross-conversations and forced conflicts in the second half, it could have struck a better chord. Riteish has come out of his comfort zone and that’s the best thing about Banjo. Show patience in the second half, and it may work for you. There’s a lot to like in Banjo.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-3/10
Banjo lacks the storytelling smarts that might have helped it work as a mass entertainer. If anything, it is a mangled mass of a movie. Banjo takes an awfully long time to come to the point. It is let down badly by the lack of a believable storyline and crushed by the burden of an inept and confused screenplay.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-4/10
Banjo is a thoroughly confused affair. The writers put every commercial element in the film such as a rival band, a crime scene, love story, emotional twist and the result is absolutely disappointing. Banjo could be termed as the most boring music-based film ever! It is a haphazard film that tests your patience until the end!
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-4/10
Banjo makes a winsome start but takes an awfully tedious route to achieve its happily ever after. By the time Banjo serves its dark horse comeback to a pounding Vishal-Shekhar spectacle laced in unabashed Maharashtrian pride, indifference has seeped in.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-3/10
For a film about music none of the tracks scored by Vishal-Shekhar make an impression, with a few being indistinguishable from the other thanks to Jadhav's extravagant staging and Bosco-Caesar's uninspiring choreography. Banjo limps to its 137-minute running time leaving the viewers not high on great music but low on a listless outing.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Rohit Bhatnagar Rating-5/10
Banjo is a light-hearted entertainer which is just like any other music based film. Looks like, the filmmaker was trying hard to match up to the standards set by 'Rock On' but fails to do so. The film is certainly a one time watch.
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  • India Today | Review By -Tatsam Mukherjee Rating-2/10
Banjo the film's only high-point is Vishal-Shekhar's stellar soundtrack which is consistent till the finale act, even as the plot crumbles. The makers of Banjo should have focused on the bigger issues like a less contrived script, a better-acted film, and a movie slightly closer to what Mr Jadhav would have made in the parallel universe.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-1/10
The underdog Riteish Deshmukh will win in Banjo but after we sit through uniformly terrible acting, clich├ęd situations and shouty dialogues. The only time the film stops trying your patience somewhat is when it bursts into song, and even there, it has only one which is foot-tapping.
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  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-3/10
Deshmukh is thoroughly unconvincing as a shaggy musician with unwashed hair. While he displays a knack for the comic scenes, he seems uncomfortable in the romantic ones. While Banjo should ideally have been a showcase for Deshmukh to flex his acting muscles in a solo hero project, this film struck all the wrong notes for me.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Sreeju Sudhakaran Rating-5/10
But as a film with a music at its core, Banjo is a very confused film. Banjo would have been a really good entertainer, if the film had stuck to what the title had promised, instead of straying to other subplots. If you are a Mumbaikar then this is a one time watch for you.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH Review Rating-5/10
The film's cinematography (Manoj Lobo) is decent. The film's editing (Devendra Murdeshwar) is average. On the whole, BANJO fails to strike the right notes on account of its low hype, confused second half and bizarre culmination. At the Box-Office, it will struggle for decent footfalls.
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Riteish Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri, Dharmesh Yelande, Durgesh Raje, Mohan Kapoor, Rita Powers, Shruthi Mathur
Ravi Jadhav
Ravi Jadhav, Kapil Sawant, Nikhil Mehrotra
Ravi Jadhav, Kapil Sawant, Nikhil Mehrotra
Manoj Lobo
Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani
produced by: 
Krishika Lulla, Vashu Bhagnani
run time: 
137 minutes
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Plot Synopsis
Banjo is a musical drama directed by Ravi Jadhav, starring  Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri in lead roles.

Taraat (Riteish Deshmukh), a local banjo player seeks fame, success, and money. In his pursuit, he crosses path with Christina (Nargis Fakhri) who helps him accomplish his goals.

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