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BANJO: Fails to strike the correct note!




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From streets to stardom how a musician paves his way is Ravi Jadhav’s Banjo. Staring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri in the leads the movie fails to give an impression. All about musicians from the by lanes of Mumbai and among one of them is Tarat(Riteish Deshmukh) a foul-mouthed alcoholic who has no objection in being covered with human excreta. He hails from the economically weaker section of Mumbai. He stumbles into a DJ who has come to Mumbai to host a music festival and invites him to play music. But he has a tiff with people who want to host him and everything seems to fall apart. Nargis Fakhri plays the role of DJ in the movie. Banjo is probably the most unnecessary Bollywood project in recent months of the Indian film industry and the biggest negative points of the movie are Riteish, Nargis and Abhishek Bachchan. Junior B has provided the background voiceover for the trailer of this predicted box-office dud. Neither the movie nor the album has created hype among the audience. The album is not the sort of package we expect from the Vishal – Shekhar duo. With Amitabh Bhattacharya penning the lyrics, the dynamic duo have offered something as peculiar as the banjo itself. So let’s dive straight in.

Vishal-Shekhar are the composers of Banjo. The album has six tracks with singers like Vishal Dadlani, Hriday Gattani, and Ajay Gogavle. The lyrics are given by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Whenever you start something new, it is to be expected to pray to Ganesha for guidance and assistance. Bappa is that prayer, sounding like a mashup of the banjo and English marching band trumpets, with heavy dose of local drums. The album begins with an ode to Lord Ganesh. Bappa is fast-paced song that mainly uses instruments that you find in the Dhol and Tasha processions on the road. However, the rhythm isn’ t that catchy. The song is loud, but that is it, not something you will want on your repeat playlist.

If the name of the movie is Banjo, you need to have Banjo in the songs and the intro of Udan Choo invites you with a Indian Banjo (BulBul Tarang) intro, which is not the Banjo you will find used in the West. The song for some reason suddenly changes pace and you feel like you are standing next to Ganesh Visarjan procession. Udan Choo is the butterfly effect of a boy infatuated with a girl as she roams around oblivious. Amitabh’s spirited lyrics add to the romantic nature of the song but the song one we have heard before.

Next up is Rada, a club song with all the classic elements. The bass beat is so loud at points it’s hard to make out the words, but once again there is a fusion of sounds between the Indian drums and the electric guitar. It is an interesting composition that feels like a jamming session by music enthusiasts trying to figure out their next Rock track. However,lack of melody makes this song a one time listen that you will not return to.

Pee Paa Ke is equally forgettable with nonsense hip-hop interludes. It has Heavy drums with a smidgen of vocals to break the monotony. Nakash and Vishal take the mike again and it’s drinks all around. It’s strictly okay and a one-time listen.   Rehmo Karam seems like the only song that has any melody and rhythm that you will want to listen to but once again will not compel you to listen twice. Ajay Gogavale has effortlessly transport us back to a place of peace and prayer but it is hard to say when this is. Situational yet soft and embracing.

Overall, the album doesn’t have a song that you would want to put on your easy-listening or party playlist. Om Ganapate Namaha seems like the only song that finishes on a high note and uses banjo, but it is not something you will listen to out the movie theaters.

Banjo fails on multiple levels. It induces yawn and even three breaks with the prestex to take a leak and couple others to fetch popcorn are not enough from putting you to sleep. The one liners are cheesy. The jokes are far from funny.  It is advisable to every single person not to go for the movie as it will diminish any new-found respect that Bollywood has garnered with latest releases like Pink. If you get the tickets for free and have a lot of time to kill, you can go give it a try but even that is unadvisable.

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