• Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
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    I can't imagine a perfect director in Bollywood. But Vikramaditya Motwane comes too close to be dismissed: the craft and majesty of 'Udaan', the romantically affecting and moving drama 'Lootera', the devastatingly thrilling 'Sacred Games' or the very skilfully directed and acted 'Trapped', he never seems to get anything wrong anywhere.

    But in 'Bhavesh Joshi', Motwane is faultless to a fault, which is troublesome. This mostly feels like a beautiful comic bookey rendition to an Anurag Kashyap film. But it's as disappointingly bland and indulgently mounted from its important perspectives, as much as it is lavishly diverse. The film is also let down by it's lead star Harshvardhan Kapoor. Whom we thought as a fresh voice from the line of privileged actors turns out to be like his younger sister Sonam Kapoor: potential he has, but he is weak in his department.

    The film benefits from the upsides: it is diverse, consists of a unique character and is a homegrown tale, consuming editing, crispy poster. But that does little to help this film, because it's as boring as it is thoughtful. It'd not be completely unwatchable. But it's not entirely worth it: its clash partner Veerey Di Wedding is better even when it's just a 'not bad' film. I'm being very generous, two stars.

    March 25, 20