Judgementall Hai Kya review: Hopelessly messy, heavily borrowed, and horribly inept

Bollywood Review

Judgementall Hai Kya is completely muddled, the story and character arcs ,are topsy-turvy, and the plot is all over the place. The film has no clue what it wants to be, where it wants to go, or how it wishes to reach there. Sometimes it’s a character study on psychosis, at other moments it endeavors to be a twisty thriller, at other times it comes across as a darkly abstract film noir, and then, out of the blue it feels like being a psychedelic mosaic. They all intertwine into one big mess, none ever venturing close to any clarity of purpose.

Also, for belonging to the so-called realistic school of Hindi cinema, the movie is riddled with loopholes and discrepancies, and the big twist it builds up to with such confidence can actually be seen from miles away, provided you’re able to hold your attention after surviving the first half. It’s also ironical that writers and Directors who pride themselves on riding this new “Content-is-King” wave have to borrow several aspects from both foreign and older Indian films, hoping that they can pass it off as their own creation.

The contradictory perspectives of a singular incident is lifted straight from Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (obviously with nothing close to the same effect) while the laughable big twist takes its inspiration from the classic Tamil thriller, Sigappu Rojakkal, which was later remade as the Rajesh Khanna starter, Red Rose (to name a few). So much for being content kings.

Coming to the performances, a certain bug that keeps recurring throughout the film (again sans adequate reasoning or back-story) has more range and depth than the leading lady, who’s now content with repeating the same schtick she’s been doing since 2008’s Fashion. It’s really getting old now and her inadequacies are being seriously exposed before far superior and versatile contemporaries like Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt.

Rajkummar Rao is the only reason why anyonw should watch Judgementall Hai Kya, and you wish there was more of him, though it almost seems like his part was cut short. Barring him and a handful of interesting elements, scattered over a barren vista of oblique vapidity, there’s nothing to engage you in Judgementall Hai Kya. It’s not even a classic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth because in this case, the broth was touched with myriad wrong ingredients to begin with.

Movified Rating: 1.5/5

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