As the protagonist exclaims what possibly is the Cinematography, “We’re the Indian Justice League, we’re more DC comics – darker, cooler and edgier”. Patience is the key, although the film gets momentum in between – its highly uneven and slow-paced which impairs the narrative. Even though its highly effective on the social front and filmmaking, when Harshvardhan gets into a brawl he receives a bandage on his nose which looks like a tribute to Jack Nicholson-starrer Chinatown (1974). While both the films revolve around water scam investigation, Motwane’s film seems like an inspirational version but inches towards social awareness.
“Superheroes are not born, they’re created” – Vikramaditya Motwane creates such a Superhero who doesn’t have any superpower but has conscience and ability to fight against injustice. Bhavesh Joshi Superhero profoundly engages with the social theme against the political scenario which the Bollywood usually won’t dive into. It is a kind of film which requires attention given to India’s socio-political status, in the fresh news Shimla is struggling for Water Supply. Its a dark film about the unstable political scenario and crippled system – highly relatable to every common man who faces the severity of the corruption. And its presented in a raw form, a social vigilante film.
Bhavesh Joshi revolves about a young man who wants to continue doing the right and challenge the wrong. And on this journey, he discovers that he’s destined to do bigger things, which will transform him from a common man into a Superhero. Its a well-intentioned, relatable and equally ambitious on all level except for the pacing. Writers Vikramaditya, Anurag Kashyap and Abhay Koranne vent out the frustration against the ugly politics and civic system in an elaborative manner. Harshvardhan Kapoor struggles with the performance but fits in once the vigilante steps in. Priyanshu Painyuli is a gem, who delivers a tonally rich performance and a character who you often come across during protests.
Cinematography Siddharth Diwan brilliantly shoots the chase sequences, since most of the film takes place in the night – he captivates with low-lighting and intriguing colour palette. French Choreographers Cyril Raffaelli and Sebastian Seveau execute a spectacular bike chase sequence which literally drools over the audacity of the vision. Although, the film is too long – the main takeaway is the channelizing the anger in right direction and balancing the act along with simple yet vibrant Cinematography. Despite numerous flaws which mostly are convenient aspects to propel the story, it’s supremely crafted.
Vikramaditya Motwane is known for his master handling of complex emotions, here he slowly and smoothly transforms the common man into a vigilante laying close to the ground. This is Motwane’s weakest but intriguing and relatable film after Udaan (2010), Lootera (2013) and Trapped (2017). It’s highly earnest, sincere, full of angst and matured in its presentation, if you crusade the pacing you’ll find a compelling film worth your attention.
Release: 01 June, 2018
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
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