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Banjo (2016)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Music | 23 September 2016 (USA)
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A banjo player seeks fame, success, and respect.

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Ravi Jadhav
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Credited cast:
Riteish Deshmukh ... Taraat
Nargis Fakhri ... Christina
Aditya Kumar Aditya Kumar ... Paper
Ram Menon Ram Menon ... Vajya
Dharmesh Yelande ... Grease
Uday Sabnis ... Vajya's Father
Janardhan Parab ... Taraat's Father
Luke Kenny ... Mickey / Mic
Sheeba George ... Night Club Goer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Poornima Ahire Poornima Ahire
Pippa Hughes ... Air Hostess
Anand Ingle ... Pandit
Nitin Jadhav
Shruthi Mathur ... Mira
Rita Powers ... Music Teacher
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Mickey a sound Recordist records a tune during Mumbai Ganpati festival and sends it to her friend Chritina in the US, Christina comes to Mumbai in search of the band.Christina along with Mickey audition many band but they don't find the band which originally played the tune.Taraat who extorts money for local politician had played the tune with his band for the festive season he is given a job of showing Chritina the whole Mumbai but doesn't disclose him self of being a Banjo player as he feels that as a Banjo player he and his band haven received the required respect. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Action | Drama | Music

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Банджо See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,320, 25 September 2016

Gross USA:

$25,531

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,531
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The movie is inspired by a Marathi movie on same topic. See more »

Soundtracks

Pee Paa Ke
Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music by: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by: Vishal Dadlani and Nakash Aziz
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Music To Ears, Not. ♦ Grade F
23 September 2016 | by nairtejasSee all my reviews

Ravi Jadhav is a filmmaker whom I adore, for making Marathi films like Balak Palak (2012) and Natarang (2010), to name a few. Unfortunately, his foray into Bollywood with a musical drama does not really impress.

Taraat (Riteish Deshmukh) is a small-time extortionist who works for a local politician in the day and plays street music with his squad in the night. When he meets Christina (Nargis Fakhri), an aspiring musician from the Big Apple who is in Mumbai in lookout for a music group whom she can collaborate with, Taraat instantly falls head over heels in love with her. This drives him to become a better man and subsequently forces him to cajole his group to make music so that Christina can participate in a talent contest. This nth variation of a seemingly original story is what the film is all about, along with some boring side arcs that only add noise to this otherwise sloppy "single".

Banjo tries too hard to showcase a story, where in reality, there is none. It's a faulty re-rendering of stories about aspiring musicians who want to make it big in this competitive world. (Did anyone say Rock On!! (2008)? Maybe Rock On!! 2 (2016)? No? Never mind.) And how do you do that? By growing long hair, looking dope, and banging on instruments like they are scrap materials. Taraat is a delinquent person who just wants to get into Christina's pants, but hopes to take it slow. The comedy is very average and will only lead to two to four chuckles throughout the 140-minute slow-moving affair.

Fakhri should probably just stop acting and stick to modelling. Her co-star Deshmukh tries hard, but one blames the fruitless script more. Supporting cast is mostly present to handle comedy, but are found to be accidentally inducing over-smart drama. Basically, the characters move here and there and bang on instruments in order to produce music which the audience are supposed to think is pure gold.

There's a sequence where Christina tries to improve the group's morale by citing success stories of popular musicians like 50 Cent, Jimi Hendrix, The Bee Gees, and Led Zeppelin. If you are a fan of at least one of these, you should skip Banjo and go see Parched (2016) instead.

BOTTOM LINE: Ravi Jadhav's "Banjo" is an ambitious film that fails because of poor writing and a very bad voice. Switch channels during the TV premiere.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES


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