Bhavesh Joshi: A brave take on the blatant corruption in India

(Shubha Shetty Saha)

‘Bhavesh Joshi: Superhero’

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Priyanshu Painyuli, Nishikant Kamat, Radhika Apte, Ashish Verma, Shreiyah Sabharwal

Rating: *** 1/2

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero makes for a thrilling watch for most part of it. A brave take on the blatant corruption in the country and how each one of us can make a difference if we want to. Sikandar Khanna aka Sikku (Harshvardhan Kapoor), Bhavesh Joshi (Priyanshu Painyuli) and Rajat (Ashish Varma) are passionate young men who want to make the lives of common people badly affected by the greed of politicians governing them, easier. Their mission is simple. Call out what’s wrong and tell the world about misdeeds through their video recordings.

The trio form goes about doing their job in their own awkward way and with masks on. As their amateur attempts at changing the world doesn’t evoke much response, Sikandar and Rajat abandon the mission midway. Five years later, Bhavesh is the only one still dedicated to the cause and keeps goading the other two to join him again. He is on the verge of exposing a local politician (Nishikant Kamat) involved in water trafficking, when a misunderstanding between the friends changes their destiny altogether.

Vikramaditya Motwane makes a commendable attempt at taking on some real issues. His superheroes are neither extra strong nor do they have any special powers, they are only armed with a strong sense of justice. (Story and script written by Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and Abhay Koranne).

Motwane’s lead character keeps repeating, ‘Main jaanta hoon main hero nahi hoon…’ reiterating the fact that you don’t need to have the superpowers to try and bring positive changes around you. Unconditional love for your country and passion to set things straight are more than enough. Motwane keeps it all real and grounded in the first hour of the film, weaving a believable world with real characters. But later on, he takes the easy, over-dramatic route, thus spoiling the flow of the film.

While his protagonists are real and normal, in a bid to perhaps play safe, he has sketched his antagonists as typical Bollywood villains, who like to spout long dialogues and make dramatic appearances where they are not required to. Also, there are too many cinematic liberties taken, thus making it too easy and convenient for himself and his lead character. The climax is particularly disappointing as the tone doesn’t befit the rest of the film.

Harshvardhan Kapoor with his gritty and real performance, makes you forget his disappointing debut in ‘Mirziya’. He looks and behaves his role of a middle class guy caught between his ambitions and his passion for justice, with commendable ease. The film, however belongs to Priyanshu Painyull, whose stunning performance as an unflinching idealist and a brave patriot is memorable. Looking forward to seeing more of Painyull in the future. Newcomer Shreya Sabharwal doesn’t have much to do.

Apart from Painyull’s performance what is also memorable is a super thrilling bike chase sequence executed beautifully. The music by Amit Trivedi adds value to the film and the song ‘Chyawanprash’ is a delight.