Sikandar aka Siku (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Bhavesh (Priyanshu Painyuli) are two college guys who are fast friends. Worried by the growth of corruption and inspired by the anti-corruption movement in India in 2012, they start an initiative named Insaaf (meaning justice) where both of them would act like vigilantes wearing masks and prevent any wrong doings from happening, no matter how trivial it’d be. However, as the anti-corruption movement dies out, both are left to ponder regarding the future of their own initiative.
What will happen to Insaaf? How will Siku and Bhavesh pursue their war against corruption?
Positive Points: –
- Irrespective of how the final result is, the crux of the movie is pretty strong and raises an alarming issue pretty subtly.
- The performances of the entire cast particularly Kapoor and Painyuli.
- Siddharth Diwan’s terrific cinematography which becomes even more prominent during the action montages.
- Notwithstanding its shortcomings, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is gripping in nature and holds to your attention for almost its entire 153 minutes’ runtime.
Negative Points: –
- I admire Vikramaditya Motwane as a filmmaker but here his direction seemed loose and somewhat less impressive.
- The screenplay is marred with numerous plot holes, poorly explained montages and certain less logical events.
- It’s very much possible that the general audience would be left displeased with its third act.
- The film is based on vigilantism but our protagonists or let’s say vigilantes move everywhere unmasked even when they should be, talk loudly in public places about their vigilantism and even talk to random people about it without getting caught or being snitched upon! Where’s the sense in it!
Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –
No matter in which field you work or whatever you make, it is always advised to make your base strong for it’s the foundation and the resulting things and events are built upon it. Bhavesh Joshi Superhero scores full marks in this section. Dealing with the atrocities of improper water supply and the mafia responsible for it, the film grows up on a very powerful story with a relatable and edgy premise. What backfires for it is the clumsy writing and unrefined direction. A lot of events happen just too fast, too easily without much hindrance. Certain events and character traits seem highly improbable such as Siku’s ability to make anything starting from a perfect bald-head makeup to adding nitro boosters to his bike (seemed like there was nothing probably that couldn’t be concocted by him). The action sequences are well directed but apart from that Motwane’s direction doesn’t really impress the viewer owing to the obvious loopholes that exist at quite many places in the narrative.
As mentioned before, the camera-work is one of the best elements of the entire film. The usage of long camera movements, wide and pan shots are a delight to one’s eyes. Supporting the cinematography ably are its sharp edits and an effective score.
Harshvardhan Kapoor is simply terrific in this film and acts pretty naturally. His performance steers the film on a more positive path as opposed to its less impressive non-technical execution.
Priyanshu Painyuli is a revelation and steals the entire first half of the movie effortlessly. Both Kapoor and he can prove to be excellent actors down the line provided they don’t make many wrong choices.
Ashish Verma also gives a strong performance as the friend of Siku and Bhavesh.
Final Verdict: –
There’s no doubt that Motwane is highly (and rightly) revered as a very good filmmaker and so is Anurag Kashyap (co-writer of this movie). But here they largely disappoint with their contributions though I wouldn’t call their work to be outright bad. Having said that, I would acknowledge the performances of the lead actors along with the technical execution by the team which make Bhavesh Joshi Superhero a gripping action-thriller and fairly a one-time watch.