- Positive: 8
- Neutral: 1
- Negative: 1
- Avg Rating: 3.11/5
On the whole, JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA is a well-made film with powerful performances from both Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao. At the box office, it will cater mainly to the multiplex frequenting audience. Performance wise, Kangana Ranaut nails the part. This was probably her most challenging part yet and she delivers as per expectations.
All said and done, this isn’t a normal movie. From its treatment to the narrative, everything screams madness. On a brighter side, the story is strong enough to back the wacky side of it. Kangana Ranaut is definitely the queen, but this deck of cards have multiple aces to offer.
This is the kind of movie which will sharply divide audiences. And that’s as it should be. Once I began seeing it as the murmurings of a different mind, I bought it as a caper, as burlesque, where nothing is as it is. I had problems with some of it, but I really liked the rest of it.
If you have already seen the film, think about these issues. Ask yourself too if the post-interval portion would have been possible at all if it weren't for those two purportedly conscientious policemen involved in a murder investigation in the first half being uncharacteristically casual towards a massive clue that placed the spotlight on one of the protagonists and would have led them to the truth if they had cared enough to probe further. If you have not yet seen the film, then know that Judgementall Hai Kya is based on an interesting concept, it is often funny and fascinating, but in the ultimate analysis, it does not make the grade.
Watch this film. As evidenced by a man Bobby sees carrying homilies on placards on a street corner, Judgementall Hai Kya knows the difference between accepting and determining something. It is a film about malicious misdirection, and the validity of our narratives — especially those labelled incorrect. It’s okay to jump at a cockroach even if you’re the only one who sees it. From the right angle, a bug is a feature.
One of the key highlights of the film is the music and an ode to the aberrant character of the protagonist. Judgementall Hai Kya might not be the perfect thriller-comedy, but it's surely an attempt to try something different without being judgemental about the audience’s taste.
In the end, the journey of 'Judgementall Hai Kya' comes to nothing. The good aspects of the film just can't salvage the fact that the central story has not been worked out with enough rigor. The film spins its wheels beautifully, but it simply has nowhere to go.
What is commendable is that Judgementall Hai Kya delivers the message without turning preachy or self-conscious. The breezy flow of the narrative, which isn't broken until parts of the second half begin to seem a tad indulgent, ensures that we are invested in the plight of the characters all the way through.
Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao feed off each other and how! Consistent, concise and crisp, these are the few adjectives one can use to describe the riveting thriller that writer Kanika Dhillon has cooked up. Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao already sit on a commendable body of work but JudgeMentall Hai Kya has and will reserve a special place in their filmography. Watch it for their explosive screen presence and counter performance. We are going with 4 stars.