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'Marjaavaan' review: Clichéd narrative; feels out of place in the current slick B'wood

The only thing that works for 'Marjaavaan' is the quality of its actors.

ET Bureau|
Nov 18, 2019, 12.17 PM IST
There is little logic or conviction in the narrative.
There is little logic or conviction in the narrative.
Genre: Action
Director: Milap Milan Zaveri
Cast: Riteish Deshmukh,Sidharth Malhotra,Tara Sutaria
Milap Zaveri’s 'Marjaavaan' is a throwback to the Bollywood films of the ’80s and ’90s, featuring an angry young man who breaks bones and says dialogues like “Main maroonga marr jayega, dobara janam lene se darr jayega”. He routinely squares off against grim-looking burly men, and they all beat each other up with their bare hands.

There is little new in terms of the execution too. Zaveri squeezes in love, action, drama and revenge, and throws in plenty of cliché and stereotype into the mix. Unfortunately, however, there is little logic or conviction in the narrative. The only thing that works for 'Marjaavaan' is the quality of its actors. Especially Riteish Deshmukh, cast in the role of the villain.

Deshmukh does invoke fear, but the over-the-top dialogues and the numerous height-related metaphors make his character unintentionally funny rather than scary. Sidharth Malhotra is an honest leading hero who tries hard. But his role is one-dimensional. The ladies — Tara Sutaria as mute girl Zoya and Rakul Preet Singh as bar dancer Aarzoo — have little to do.

Worsening the clichéd narrative are the numerous songs that may be foot-tapping, but add to the 2.5-hour-long runtime. All of this mean that the film's throwback to the ’80s misses the point altogether, and feels rather out of place in today’s slick Bollywood.
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