Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Movie Review – What Critics Have To Say


Movie name: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

Starring: Harshvardhan Kapoor,  Priyanshu Painyuli, Rajiv Kachroo, Nishikant Kamat

Directed by : Vikramaditya Motwane

Written by:  Vikramaditya MotwaneAnurag Kashyap

Review by Raja Sen on NDTV – Harshvardhan Kapoor Shows Off His Training In A Tedious Film


Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Movie Review: The vigilante film is well meaning and has good actors, but it is ultimately a boring effort.

How far should a vigilante go? That is the question separating all the masked do-gooders in the movies. Some will kill, some will frighten, some will give the city’s policemen a giant flashlight with which to page them. Are they pointing out crime, preventing crime or are they judge-jury-executioner? There is much to debate, but I believe we can all agree that the one thing a vigilante should not be is dull.

Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi Superhero starts with great potential. A graphic novelist tells two friends about his idea for an Indian vigilante, and those two, armed with cameras and good intent, start stopping and shooting people breaking the law. ( Imagine Cyrus Broacha using MTV Bakra to play watchdog.) From incompetent Internet Service Providers to people peeing on walls to children bunking school, the Insaaf squad is out to stop people, wearing brown paper bags on their heads as if they were fans of Shia LaBeouf.

The truth is that Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, despite shining in a few sequences, feels like an insipid mash-up of Matthew Vaughn’s superbly stylised Kick-Ass and Drew Goddard’s Daredevil series on Netflix.

Click here to read the complete review on NDTV.

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Review by Neil Soans on Times Of India – A MOSTLY HUMAN SUPERHERO

Rating: 3.5/5

He can’t fly or swing from rooftops. He doesn’t have a million dollar armoured suit with fancy gadgets. He doesn’t have a magic ring to give him powers overnight or super strength. But, he’s our very own homegrown superhero – a simple man made of flesh and bones, with a bleeding heart. In Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Priyanshu Painyuli & Ashish Verma play three college mates who are more socially conscious than your average graduate. Kapoor & Painyuli’s characters take this a lot more seriously and begin to intervene in local issues as they champion the cause of the common man. But things eventually escalate and get terribly out of hand. One of them dies while trying to reveal a corrupt plot at the hands of a local politician, played by Nishikant Kamat. The other is then left to choose his destiny.

Bhavesh Joshi isn’t a caped crusader ripped off from most of the comic books we know, but his steely resolve and conscience make him relatable.

Click here to read the complete review and an in-depth rating on Times of India.


Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express – The Harshvardhan Kapoor film suffers from having too much to say

Rating: 2/5

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero movie review, rating: The film clearly intends to be dark, edgy and cool. Trouble is, it spends too much of its time underlining its purpose, even getting a character to say these three adjectives.

Three pals sit around shooting the breeze, getting all worked up about society and corruption and the common man and justice. That’s how the film begins, and instantly alerts us that it is about youth, power and a fight against Things That Trouble Us The People.

It is what loads of the young do, because it is what the young are meant to: rail against the system, in college canteens and classrooms, via processions and placards, their rage fading away as they enter the age of adulating and job forces and workplaces and targets and EMIs.

Click here to read the complete review on Indian Express.


Review by Sreehari Nair on Rediff – Bhavesh Joshi will turn you off Superhero Movies

Rating: 1.5/5

First up, a prophecy: Harshvardhan Kapoor will go on to become one of the finest Indian actors of this generation.

In Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi, Kapoor treats the movie like a box and tries to break out of it. He pulls the picture behind him and transcends the soggy material.

It’s magic to watch a young actor like Kapoor achieve intensity without overextending himself (there’s no attempt to dominate the camera like, say, a Prithviraj); he can hold a frame while merely being in it.

As an actor, it takes tremendous self-assurance to let your inner calculations dictate the length of your scenes: and there is not a wasted pause in the man.

Every twitch on that face is felt.

Click here to read the complete review on Rediff.


Review by Rajeev Masand on News 18 – Impressive, Admirable Attempt at Creating Middle-class Superhero in Real World

Rating: 2.5/5

It’s easy to see where the cinematic inspirations lie in Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, but director Vikramaditya Motwane spells it out for us anyway. In one scene, the film’s protagonist tells a wide-eyed girl about Insaaf TV, an amateur vigilante outfit he’s founded with a friend to weed out local wrongdoings. “We are the Indian Justice League,” he says. “So you’re like Spider-Man?” she asks. “No, that’s Marvel. We’re DC Comics – darker, edgier, cooler.”

The film makes no bones about the fact that it’s an homage to DC’s most compelling character, the tortured, brooding hero, Batman. The masked vigilante in Bhavesh Joshi Superhero steps out under the dark cover of night in Mumbai to fight a system rotting with corruption, much like Batman’s home, Gotham. Motwane’s film is an adult superhero movie, a very different beast from Krrish.

Click here to read the complete review on News 18.

Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times – Harshvardhan Kapoor is sincere, film is intriguing

Rating: 3/5

Harshvardhan Kapoor’s film is darker than any other Hindi superhero film you have seen. It’s earnest and deals with the idea of vigilante

justice in its raw form. Here’s our movie review of Bhavesh Joshi Superhero.

Be it Krrish or A Flying Jatt, a strong sense of personal loss has never been the hallmark of the Hindi superhero films. They never came out of the shadow of their western counterparts. Their villains were caricatures and their crusades were designed to mostly impress children, their core viewers. On that account, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is indeed the right step in terms of a mature presentation and setting the agenda right.

havesh Joshi Superhero is darker than any other Hindi superhero film you have seen. It’s earnest and deals with the idea of vigilante justice in its raw form. The transformation of a common person into a warrior has been captured with sincerity. You root for Bhavesh Joshi while watching him from a distance. He hasn’t done anything substantial yet to impact your life, but he appears genuinely concerned.

Click here to read the complete review on Hindustan Times. 

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