Keeping the trend going director Prakash Kovelamudi brings us Judgementall Hai Kya, an edgy narrative of a realm barely touched upon by Bollywood.
By Chetan Mehrishi
Starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkumar Rao, the film is a roller coaster ride that will keep you guessing till the end.
The direction style is fresh and quirky and the stylization of scenes and sound design ensures that the atmosphere of the film remains intriguing throughout. Here’s our detailed analysis of this week’s release, Judgemental Hay Kya.
Brutal childhood trauma leaves Bobby (Kangana Ranaut) diagnosed with acute psychosis in her adult years. And after doing time at an asylum for assaulting a coworker, she is let off on the condition that she will stick with her medication. Bobby is a dubbing artist for movies, where she is the voice of the female lead characters. And interestingly, her mind is a medley of all the characters she has voiced.
Every time she dubs, she gets obsessed with her onscreen avatar and imagines herself in place of the character. When Bobby meets her new tenants, a young married couple, their perfectly normal life leaves her really curious. But then a murder takes place and Bobby suspects the husband Keshav (Rajkumar Rao) has a role to play in the crime.
On The Upside
The biggest strength of the film is the performances of the leads. Kangana surpasses all finish lines when it comes to her character. She is indeed one actress who is always so seeped into her roles that she becomes the character itself.
Her curls, her wacky body language, the prominent nerve that swells out on the side of her neck when she talks, the vulnerability she oozes in her scenes so on and so forth… no one else could have delivered what she has done with the role in the film.
Rajkummar Rao’s Keshav is layered. His body language, his eye movements, his dialogue delivery are so precise that he manages to confuse the viewers till the very end! Jimmy Shergill looks great with Kangana, we have seen the duo in Tanu Weds Manu and once again whenever the two came together, sparks flew all over the place.
The direction by Prakash Kovelamudi is strong, it maintains the pace and did justice to the writing. The cinematography by Pankaj Kumar, who had already worked his magic in Tumbbad, didn’t disappoint. The usage of colours, the dark tones used to underline the suspense were all executed to perfection. The edit was fast and nothing looked forced.
On The Downside
The only problem I had with the film was the second half which felt a tad bit dragged at some point. But kudos to the actors who worked with it and it is because of them that you might not even notice this minor flaw.
Also, there are a few sequences that would make you feel like the concept of psychosis has been handled rather filmically, sort of like the films from the early 90s where a certain disability or instability would be shown as a caricature of itself.
All In All
Nearly all of us, including myself, have been cribbing about the lack of quality movies coming out of Bollywood lately. Judgementall Hai Kya is an assurance to movie buffs like us that there a bunch of few who want to make good films only if they get the proper support of the audience.
The film in question deserves applause for being experimental with a unique style of storytelling. I’m going with 3.5 out of 5 stars for Judgementall Hai Kya. Do yourself a favour and go watch this film, like immediately. Thank me later!