Acclaimed Marathi director Ravi Jadhav makes his Bollywood debut with Banjo that stars Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri in the lead. Banjo is set in Mumbai and around a local Banjoi team. A sound recordist discovers Taraat (Riteish Deshmukh) and his Banjo players playing at Ganpati Mandal and is impressed by their music. He sends a clip of their song to his friend in New York, who is an aspiring musician (Nargis Fakhri). She arrives in Mumbai to collaborate with the band and participate in a renowned music competition. However, it takes time for her to find out Taraat and gang to reveal themselves to her, even though she meets Taraat much early and he is already in love with her. (Also Read: Movies this week: Banjo, Parched)
Banjo begins with a colourful blast with the Ganpati song, that gives the intro of the heroes. From thereon, the graph of the film goes up and down. Some scenes are good, some are plain average. Some jokes work, some fall super flat. The plot is nothing to crow about. There are two songs, Peepa and Udanchoo, that come in quick succession, tax your patience. And yet, Banjo does manage to keep you entertained. All thanks to the performances of the cast. Riteish is in fine form, though the attempts to give him a massy image should have been toned down. Dharmesh Yelande, Aditya Sharma are good. Nargis Fakhri is decent, though one can still see the discomfort she has in emoting while speaking Hindi. The use of Marathi actors add to the authenticity to the milieu. Certain characters could have been avoided, like Kris’s friend’s irritating uncle. (Also Read: Radhika Apte vs Nargis Fakhri: Banjo will fare better than Parched suggests trade expert)
Overall, the first half is not bad, however a tighter narrative was required here. Because the band hasn’t started playing yet properly, and we are here to see them play.
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