Banjo (2016)

Hindi Musical, Drama
Critics Score
Total Reviews: 34
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Review Summary: Banjo plays an overly familiar tune. A middling effort to explore a typically unseen subject in Indian cinema, that of street performers.

Average Critic Rating: (2.63)
Cast: Riteish Deshmukh , Nargis Fakhri , Dharmesh Yelande
Director: Ravi Jadhav
Release Date: 23 Sep 2016
Est. Budget: 30.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 9.0 CR

Plot: The film is a musical drama, in which Riteish will play the character of a Banjo player while Nargis will portray the role of a DJ in the film. Read more

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Banjo - Top Reviews

Banjo' packs in so many hero-villain, poor-rich type clichés, and so much melodrama, from the time-tested rule-book, that even if you didn't bother watching the film, you'd know what happens. Yeah, you've been there, seen that; why watch this same kinda picture again? Mayank Shekhar doesn't know
Mayank Shekhar, Mid-Day
The underdog story is a proven winner in cinema, but this movie just misses the right note.
Rachit Gupta, Filmfare
If you are familiar with Mumbai's working-class neighbourhoods, where the hearts of the poor are bigger than the pay packages of those residing in the mushrooming high-rises, you'll be able to notice the beauty of Banjo. It also makes you respect the street musicians a little more.
Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India
I’m going with a generous two out of five
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
Avowedly dedicated to "street musicians all around the world", Banjo is a stodgy, sluggish film that makes a great deal of noise about giving true performers their due. It barely gets its noble point across.
The painful progression to the climactic point is filled with uniformly terrible acting, clich©d situations and shouty, obvious dialogue
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Banjo makes a winsome start but takes an awfully tedious route to achieve its happily ever after
Sukanya Verma, REDIFF
We make good musicals, that everyone knows. This film is about a street music band, hugely popular at religious festivals, community celebratory gatherings like dandiyas, but get no respect because they're not posh 'rock' bands. This film brings their music and their lives on to cinema and tell us an engaging love story.
Manisha Lakhne, Nowrunning

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Banjo - All Reviews

Banjo fails to strike the right notes on account of its low hype, confused second half and bizarre culmination
Source, Bollywood Hungama
“Banjo” could have been a story well told, sans the customary cliches of the lives of slum dwellers, but nevertheless, it has its moments of earnestness and Riteish and the music of the film are certainly among them. You may not love it, but you will definitely not hate this film.
Bollywood 3
Banjo could be termed as the most boring music-based film eve
Surabhi Redkar, Koimoi
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Watch it because the film industry gives you two kinds of films '€“ a good film and a must-watch entertaining musical
Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri’s musical drama is a confused film!
Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
It'€™s a film by someone who can see Mumbai with indigenous eyes
Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times
Banjo Is Musical With A Heart
Box Office Capsule
Banjo at the most and in all generosity is a TIME PASS only if you love Riteish Deshmukh more than anything else
Vishal Verma, Glam Sham
Most Bollywood heroes prefer Switzerland or New Zealand or similar scenic locations for dream sequences, but Nand Kishor alias Tarrat Bhai (Riteish Deshmukh) isn’t one of them.
‘Banjo’ is good in parts, the cinematography is great and the movie will strike a chord with those who can relate to Mumbai’s working class.
Banjo, Play It & You'll Have Fun, Paisa Vasool
Vickey Lalwani, Spot Boye
Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri fail to strike the right chord!
Vishal Shekhar truly seem to be on a path of resurgence
Vipin, Music Aloud
Ravi Jadhav, known for his quirky Marathi films, couldn'€™t pull this Bollywood flick
Sajid, Cinema Glitz
Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri give lacklustre performances in this confused action-drama
BANJO at the most and in all generosity is a TIME PASS only if you love Riteish Deshmukh more than anything else.
Vishal Verma, Glam Sham
Earnest but cliche ridden
Banjo is a largely situational soundtrack though even in that aspect it brings on at least 3-4 tracks that manage to leave a good mark
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
The movie is very boring with a slow plot
Aravind, Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
The strong beats of banjo gels well with the free spirited, oozing with confidence mood of the protagonists and so do the lyrics.
Rafat, Glam Sham
This film brings their music and their lives on to cinema and tell us an engaging love story
Manisha Lakhe, Now Running
The film Banjo is incredible in terms of performance and story and the actors roped in the film have done the justice in many ways
Just Bollywood
Banjo'€™s OST keeps to the brief and yet the experiments with rhythm and tempo raise it above your average Bollywood album
Devesh Sharma, Filmfare
It has loads of hits than the misses, which together has helped the film to get a decent rating.
Sai Kiran, Press KS
Acclaimed Marathi director Ravi Jadhav makes an inauspicious start in Hindi with a trite film about a street musician.
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In