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Banjo Movie review


Reviving the lost legacy of musical instrument Banjo

This Friday we have too many films releasing with different backgrounds and themes. Most of them are average budget film except the one called Banjo. The film happens to be a musical drama having its base in Mumbai and the musical instrument called Banjo. The film is directed by Ravi Jadhav who does his debut with this film, while it is produced by Krishika Lulla under the banner of Eros International. The film has Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri in the key role apart from Darmesh Yelande in the supporting role. The music comes from the talented duo music composers – Vishal-Shekhar while the film is written by Kapil Sawant. Now, time to get the crux of the film in the following paragraphs:

The story

The film Banjo is the based on the lives of a bunch of banjo players headed by the young and talented musician Riteish Deshmukh. Though this art has been neglected with the advent of a number of musical instruments and thus deals with the neglected lives these artists live in the city of Mumabi who once upon a time enjoyed all the privileges in the society. However, amidst all misery and backwardness, these are being hunted down by a DJ based in US who comes all the way to the America to Mumbai to catch these guys. She then convinces them to get into her music album. So, what really happens the next, will the lost legacy of the musical instrument Banzo is revived or not is an interesting thing to explore?

The film has two common base – Mumbai and music. It reinvents the lost legacy of Banjo which is lost somewhere the streets of city. Though once ruled the city the instrument has been reduced to a low level celebration, which at times can be found out in any folk activities or the local festivities of Ganesh and other similar occasions. Thus the status the instrument deserves has been lost long back, while Banjo revives the lost history of this instrument and so the lives of artists who have been behind them.

Star performances

The real essence of the film is the action of the actors found in it especially the one played by Riteish Deshmukh. He is a talented actor and chooses a solo film after lots of reckoning and thinking. This makes him selective about the movie he choose for the solo character. In fact, considering the performance of Deshmukh, this can be called as one of the best one till date. He has taken all the pains to understand the whims and fancies of a banjo player and has neatly portrayed over the silver screen.

Right from putting the right accent, body language and dialogue delivery, he has studied the character so well that has helped him to enter into the shoes of the character the best. In other words, he has done justice to the film as one can find him going out of the way to perform this character. Then comes Nargis Fakhri who playes an NRI of music origin playing the role of a DJ. She having the background of US has managed to perform the character so well though she lags behind in terms of portraying the character and emotions the best. Yet she can be applauded for her performance to a great extent. The others too remained par with their characters in the film.

Direction, music and other elements

Ravi Jadav who has done his debut in B Town with Banjo seems to have done a decent job. Though he lags in one way or the other in terms of technicalities but the right spirit, which epitomizes the subject of the film has been accomplished so well thanks to the incredible performance of the actor Ritiesh Deshmukh. He has tried to capture the real essence of Mumbai and music bringing out the things, which the character demands from him. Since it is a musical drama, the film has a special focus on this. Right from the different tracks and the overall composition of music by the talented music directors from Vishal Shekhar, things are simply superb. Similar is the story with other aspects of the film including screenplay, photography, editing and other technical elements that help in improving upon the entertainment value of the film.

Banjo The Last Word

The film Banjo is incredible in terms of performance and story and the actors roped in the film have done the justice in many ways. The film showcases the lost legacy of the musical instrument called Banjo, which the director has perfectly portrayed over the silver screen. It has loads of hits than the misses, which together has helped the film to get a decent rating.

Rating – 3.5

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