‘MARJAAVAAN’ WILL TEST YOUR PATIENCE BADLY

Rating: 1.5/5
Director Milap Zaveri seems to be making a random video in the name of a film

Do you even vaguely remember Ek Villain starring Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor? Seems that the makers one day randomly thought of revisiting Ek Villain, giving it some twist here and there and presenting it to you in the name of Marjaavaan. Why is the film even made is your only question. After having seen so many masala films in Bollywood over years, this one here just refuses to grow. Not one element in the film seems original. It is like a few odd films of 80s and 90s taken together, churned up in a mixer and the hopeless product that you get is this.

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Director Milap Zaveri with Siddharth Malhotra on left and Ritesh Deshmukh on right (image source: indilens.com)
PLOT

In the darker side of the city of Mumbai, Narayan Anna (Nassar) is a big shot mafia for water tankers all across. His most lethal confidante is Raghu (Sidharth Malhotra)- his right hand man responsible for getting the tricky tasks done, of course by the use of destructive power. This is much to the dismay of Anna’s real son Vishnu (Riteish Deshmukh), a dwarf cracking ‘height’ jokes wanting a legit position in the eyes of his father.

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Zaveri’s story should not be even called a story. It’s 2019 and he thinks the audience will buy this one here. Contempt of audience and their intelligence to the highest degree. Cliches, some more cliches, and then some more. That’s the entire film for you in one line. Love story, revenge, action- everything that’s been done to death in Bollywood. More so, even the screenplay isn’t new.

There is nothing in the film to keep you invested. A typical alpha male hero, a sultry woman, a quintessential villain, and here you also have ‘other’ woman only to feel the tension in the love story accentuating. But does anything of this help? May be for you to get some sleep. But be prepared to even get that compromised as the film is unnecessarily loud.

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Scenes from the film (image source: dnaindia.com)

The dialogues are the biggest letdown here. You fall short of cheese in life. Watch this film. You’ll suddenly be in excess. No matter who the character is- the dialogues are topped with uncalled heroism. The leading lady plays a mute character who conveys things in sign language. But you are shown a friend of hers who translates what she says. The dialogues given to her as translation are cringeworthy.

Way too many songs, all sounding the same and lion roars in the background to give the hero a character form the sound of the film. You can’t beat that. By the time you reach interval, you feel that it’s the end. Not because it looks that way. But because you are too heavily exhausted by then.

Having said all of this- the film will still find takers in that marginalized section of audience. For them, the action would be kick ass, the dialogues words of gold, and the situations someone can relate to.

PERFORMANCE

Sidharth Malhotra is okay, just like in every other film. Can he even do anything else? He looks too polished for such roles, but keeps doing the same in every other film. Nibbling on a matchstick by the side for no reason whatsoever, he pretends to look cool and heroic.

Tara Sutaria is also okay, given the paper thin document she’s been given to work on. She is the main lead but is fed only a few points to work on. She does that averagely. That’s it. Rakulpreet Singh has a job to look glamorous and hot. She manages to do that. Apart from that, she doesn’t have a single say in the plot.

Riteish Deshmukh does impress you for a major part of his act, but his over-the-top dialogues ruin it for him. He is the best thing in the entire film though.

Nassar has significant contribution in the plot and he does well. Ravi Kishan is reduced to being a mere onlooker. Shaad Randhawa and Godaan Kumar do their jobs well.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music is lousy and pointless. Songs have been added only to give choreographers some employment and to take the film to a laborious 136mins. The songs are ridiculously boring. They all sound the same. If you are made to listen to different lines from them, bet you won’t be able to tell if they are different or the same. Even the background score by Sanjoy Chowdhury isn’t able to balance the shortcomings of music otherwise. The score is jarring and superfluous.

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Actors Rakul Preet Singh, Siddharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria with Director Milap Zaveri during promotions (image source: savedelete.com)

Cinematography by Nigam Bomzan is just how you would expect such a film to have. Too many colours on offer with an overload of slow motion shots during fight sequences. Redundant symbolisms for the entry of hero or villain have been overly played. The production design by Priya Suhas is still okay as per the positioning of the film.

Maahir Zaveri’s editing pathetically achieves the new low. The film is so despairingly boring that you are tired just 15mins into it. And there is no respite over the course of next two hours.

This one here should be rubbed off the memories of all those who watched it. Ideally, of all those who even made it. Let’s all think of a scenario that this film was never released. A blot really.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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