After the leak and later debacle of Great Grand Masti, Riteish Deshmukh once again returns to the silver screen, this time without Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi giving him company. Banjo is his solo Hindi film after a long time, and it is directed by his close associate, Ravi Jadhav. Jadhav has directed acclaimed Marathi films like Bal Gandharva, Natarang and Balak Palak, the last one produced by Riteish Deshmukh himself.
Nargis Fakhri plays the female lead, making this her fourth cinematic outing this year, after Azhar, Housefull 3 and that cameo in Dishoom. The story of Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri starrer could not have been more obvious! But still we were expecting a decent watch from this one for Jadhav is known for telling simple tales with very gripping screenplay and peepers his storyline with life-like believability. The naturalness he brings on celluloid is commendable. Banjo lets us down as not a single note goes right.
Riteish Deshmukh plays a maverick musician from Mumbai slums. His character is painted with broad strokes of white. Not a single shade of grey to him, our hero is a saviour too who rescues life with as much zest as when he is busy rocking with his band on the local level. Pops in Nargis Fakhri out of nowhere to give the local chokra’s a platform where they can unleash their true Potential. Fakhri’s character hails from New York! So she needed a voice artist to save us the trauma of her exaggerated accent.
As for the performances Riteish Deshmukh tries hard to impress or to evoke genuine feelings of passion and poise. Bu nothing and we mean it, nothing—from his costume to his dialogue delivery-works. Nargis Fakhri is delicious to look at but acting wise she has not improved on the basics. The only respite of Banjo are the sidekicks and the protagonist’ gang of boys who try to give some tadka to this otherwise insipid tale.