Director:Prakash Kovelamudi

Starring:KanganaRanaut, Rajkummar Rao, AmyraDastur,Jimmy Sheirgill,Amrita Puri

Written by:KanikaDhillon

JUDGEMENTAL HAI KYA is a story which revolves around a woman suffering from a mental illness who coincidentally stumbles upon a supposed crime and tries to solve it. Bobby Batliwala Grewal (Kangana Ranaut) is an orphan who loses her parents when she was young and has her Tauji (Lalit Behl) taking care of her. She is partly responsible for this trauma in her life and that is what affects her mental state quite permanently, as she suffers from acute psychosis. She works as a dubbing artist and stays separately from her Tauji. She has a mental condition but doesn’t take pills for the same. She has her manager Varun (Hussain Dalal), who is desperately trying to sleep with her but Bobby is just playing him along. Things are going as usual for her, when one day she gets a new tenant -Keshav (Rajkummar Rao) and his wife Rima (AmyraDastur), who are crazy in love with each other. Bobby spies on them and particularly on Keshav, and slowly starts obsessing over him and also stalks him at his work. She starts troubling them to a point where they decide to move out. But before they were able to do it successfully, Rima dies in an explosion in the kitchen. Her obsessively-suspicious nature coupled with her inability to distinguish between a delusion and a reality could have been a cause for it or is it as she claims that it was her husband who murdered her? The police decide that the death was quite accidental due to lack of evidence that could indicate otherwise. After this Bobby also gets admitted to a facility that helps the mentally affected people and is there for a long time. Two years pass the day of the incident and because of how low she had been and due to lack of work, her cousin Megha (Amrita Puri) calls her to London to work on a stage production of mordenized Ramayana. She does go there only to find out that her cousin is pregnant and the father is Keshav, who lives happily with Megha now. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film is alright. But then again it doesn’t really excite you as much as a good thriller normally would. The story was quite predictable since the start and you can predict who the real culprit is. The way the film’s been made also reminds you of a certain film that came out not too long ago. The film takes a nice route, it has its comic moments here and there in places, even though its taking a predictable route, you’re okay with it because the story engages you to a certain extent but from the pre-climax the film’s trajectory starts going down. Scenes get boring and you want the climax to get there sooner. Once the climax arrives, it disappoints majorly. You want the reveal to be even better and the film to take its time with the climax but that isn’t what happens. The reveal is a letdown and the whole climax could have had a better treatment. It was too easy, especially how it ends. Also, a hard to swallow pill from the movie is Bobby finding out about something through a simple Google search which the cops couldn’t on their own? The film is great in the first half. It’s the second half where everything starts going downhill.

Technically the film is good. Cinematography by Pankaj Kumar is simple but works great in the film. Editing by Shweta Venkat (with additional editing by Prashanth Ramachandran and Shieeba Sehgal) is decent. But could have been better and they could have cut down the length of the film. Because even with a runtime of just a little over two-hours the movie feels tedious especially thanks to the dragging second half.  The production design and costume design was quite good and the production design was frankly quite impressive. The music is decent. The Wakhra Song is great and it plays in the end credits of the film. The story is promising but the script a bit flawed.

Performances was the best part of this film. KanganaRanaut as Bobby was great. The role was tailor made for her and she nails her part with ease. Rajkummar Rao as Keshav was superb as well. He plays his role with a great determination. He manages to shine alongside Kangana in the film. Amyra Dastur and Amrita Puri play their supporting part well. Jimmy Sheirgill in a special appearance does well. Satish Kaushik and Husain Dalal are a riot. The rest of the cast offers good support.

Director Prakash Kovelamudi does a good job and gets the film right technically but fails to make the film better from the second half and also doesn’t manage to improve the climax. He could have done better.


At the box-office

The film has taken a surprisingly slow start but a strong word of mouth can salvage the film in its overall run.

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