'Judgementall Hai Kya Movie' Review: This psychological thriller black comedy is absurd but intriguing.
Last Modified On: 30 July 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao is the best thing in the movie and nurtured out their acting skills even more brilliantly.
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Director: Prakash Kovelamudi
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao
Bollywood films are always notorious for portraying mental health and the person having this condition is shown just as a character trait.
Judgementall Hai Kya is about breaking the norm of the societies mentality towards health condition. It tells to show empathy towards the person with the mental condition instead of judging them.
Kangana Ranaut is Bobby Grewal Batliwala who is a half-Punjabi half-Parsi girl who grew up with the trauma of her parent's death due to this she showcases an eccentric behavior to people and they are judgemental towards her.
Rajkumar Rao is Keshav who is perfectly charming and loves her wife Reema (Amyra Dastur) is the neighbor of Bobby. Bobby suspects him, she doubts his behavior and thinks he is not the person who is trying to show the world. After a turn of events, Keshav's wife Reema is dead and Bobby accuses Keshav.
JHK's narrative is inspired by the gaslight, a term which is a psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's belief.
Gaslight is coined after the 1930s British play Gas Light in which a man psychologically manipulates his wife to deny her suspicions that he is a murderer.
The film also questions the tendency of men to undermine women who stand in their path by questioning their sanity.
Kangana and Rajkummar Rao are in top form both the actors have brilliantly performed. And they have solid support with Satish Kaushik, Brijendra Kala, Amrita Puri, and Hussain Dalal.
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Bobby may be over the top but hers is a sharply subtle performance, and Ranaut not least because of the battles of perception she faces off-screen is ideal for the part.
Rajkummar Rao is the actual soul of the film, he has a contradicting personality in his character, the character is shown in such a way that it is impossible to judge him.
Judgementall Hai Kya loses whizz in the final stretch, trying hard to keep audiences guessing even when the climax is apparent, and the makers could instead have concentrated on subtext.
But writer Kanika Dhillon has done a commendable job to nurture this complex and flawed character to fit in the design of a psychological thriller.
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The narrative twists and coincidences are ambitious, and Kovelamudi weaves them together deftly, working the film both as thriller and allegory as the pace only intensifies. Judgemental Hai Kya has a lot to say, and not only via smart lines, though those are pointedly sharp.
The cinematographer Pankaj Kumar would ensure the accidents looks awesome, some shots won't go from mind soon.
The film lacks pace in the second half and some comic scenes look stretch but Kanika doesn't break her narrative.
Overall, JHK is a film which is a different experience altogether. This kind of film is never been made in Hindi Cinema and it should be applauded for its uniqueness.