Verdict: Kangana and Rajkummar deliver knockout performances in this unconventional thriller.
If there was ever a character tailor-made for an actor, it has to be Kangana Ranaut’s Bobby Batliwala-Grewal from Judgementall Hai Kya. This Ekta Kapoor co-production has been directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, who is new to Bollywood cinema, having directed Telugu and Tamil films in the past. With the latest wave of South directors entering Bollywood, we are now witnessing brand new stories with different perspectives. Judgementall Hai Kya may have been penned by Kanika Dhillon who is no stranger to Bollywood cinema, but it is the director who has taken this screenplay to a whole new level by creating an audiovisual masterpiece. This movie has already been buzzing in media circuits for a long time and is definitely likely to go down as the film that dared to do something different and succeeded.
What’s JudgementalL Hai Kya About:
Bobby (Kangana Ranaut) is not your regular girl-next-door. She does what she pleases and has no faith in people or society. Additionally, she suffers from acute psychosis that sometimes veers towards dissociative identity disorder. Her job as a dubbing artist keeps her on her toes as she takes on the persona of every character she voices. She is also an aspiring actress whose house is filled with photoshopped pictures of herself against different backgrounds. She uses newspaper clippings of women’s murders to make origami as a reminder of her own past where her father used to subject her mother to domestic violence. Sure, Bobby is not ordinary, but she is extraordinary.
When the newly married Keshav (Rajkummar Rao) and Reema (Amyra Dastur) move in next door, Bobby has reasons to believe that Keshav is not as normal as he pretends to be but has a dark side to him. She suspects that he wants to kill Reema, so when Reema actually dies in a tragic accident, she puts all the blame on him. With no proof to support her claims, the police have no choice but to close the case and have Bobby admitted to the asylum. Two years on, Keshav is still a part of her life and Bobby is once again determined to put an end to the mystery.
Judgementall Hai Kya is a movie depicted from its lead character’s perspective. We see the film in the same way that Bobby sees the world. So if you have checked out the trailer, you will now understand why the film is so visually eccentric. Even the audio complements Bobby’s heightened sense of hearing certain sounds, like the buzzing of a bug or the crunching noise made by the mouth. With its distinctive portrayal, the movie helps us empathize with her condition. The story is pretty much straight-forward with a twist at the end but the stunning cinematography, harmonizing music, and brilliant performances make it a class apart. Rajkummar Rao plays a character with many shades of gray, which is a welcoming change from his regular roles. Judgementall Hai Kya gives him the opportunity to try something new and he delivers a knockout performance. Kangana Ranaut has probably delivered what could be her best performance till date. This character gives her the scope to be herself while adding many more colors to her already vibrant personality. Hussain Dalal is excellent in a supporting role while Satish Kaushik and Brijendra Kala have smaller parts that do not fail to entertain.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While the first half of the movie is excellent, the engaging factor dips only slightly in the second half, which is more dramatic and over-the-top. Nevertheless, Jimmy Sheirgill’s entry adds a layer of normalcy to this eccentric thriller and the twist towards the end definitely brings back the film’s odd charm.
Why You Should Watch:
Judgementall Hai Kya is engaging from the start to the end. It is not a movie you’re likely to see often in Bollywood but it is definitely one that deserves a watch. Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao share a compelling chemistry and it would be a crime to miss out on their stunning performances.