Banjo Review by Top Critics
Riteish Deshmukh-starrer Banjo, which was released on Friday, 23 September, has received mixed reviews from critics. Banjo is a musical saga and revolves around Riteish’s character, who essays the role of a banjo player, and symbolises street artists who face several challenges to create a niche for themselves in the world of music. The film has a Maharashtrian flavor to it and will see Riteish in a never-seen-before look. The actor will be sporting long hair and a rugged look.
The trailer, posters and film promotion have been creating a huge buzz among masses. The film marks the return of Riteish as a solo lead in a Bollywood movie after a long gap. His last solo Bollywood release was Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (2012), which also featured his wife Genelia Deshmukh. However, Marathi film Lai Bhaari (2014) is his biggest solo release till date.
Banjo also marks the Bollywood directorial debut of National-award winning Marathi director Ravi Jadhav and has Nargis Fakhri in the female lead. It has been produced by Krishika Lulla, who earlier produced Tanu Weds Manu Returns, one of the highest grossing Bollywood films. We bring you some critics’ verdict for the movie. See them below in the Banjo review round-up:
Sreeju Sudhakaran of Bollywood Life said: “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.”
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: “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. 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.”