Sunday, 4 October 2015

Film Review - Bhaag Johnny


Gaddar Johnny
Film: Bhaag Johnny
Cast: Kunal Khemu, Zoa Morani
Directed by: Shivamm Nair
Duration: 1 hr 57 mins
Rating: * 

As kids, we used to act out fight scenes with the dishum dishum voice over and all, it was over the top and badly acted. Given the silliness and tawdriness in every department of film making, Bhaag Johnny reminded me those childhood antics. At least there was some sincerity and fun involved in what we did but this Shivamm Nair film is an ordeal, all the way.  

Meant to be a thriller, it has Johnny (Kunal Khemu) being ordered to kill Tanya (Zoa Morani), a girl unknown to him. Sounds promising? It is not, as it starts going downhill rapidly after the first ten minutes. Johnny takes Tanya and he is on the run – you want to run as well, away from them.
A second Johnny comes into the picture and this guy is more of a gangster beating up people. 

The screenplay becomes a mess of gargantuan proportions as the action thriller ends up being an unintentional comedy – especially when two henchman wearing uniforms look like they are dead but mysteriously come back to life in a later scene, wearing the same purple uniform.  

The name Johnny has lent itself to two outstanding films in the annals of Hindi cinema – Johnny Mera Naam and Johnny Gaddar. This one is a disgrace.  

Published in The Navhind Times on 27th Sept. 2015   

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