Judgementall Hai Kya movie review: flawlessly performed, brilliantly crafted, dark & beautiful


JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA movie review is here. The psychological black comedy thriller film produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao is released today. The lead actress Kangana Ranaut has been in news for all reasons and will be seen with her QUEEN co –star Rajkummar Rao dobaara. Does the movie fulfills our expectations?. Let’s find out in the movie review of JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
Rarely do we find the actors, director and writer in such command of their craft in a dark, crazy, bizarre but strikingly compelling and haunting set up that is destined to cast its spell.

Memorable moments
Call it metaphoric or in sync with the controversy between Kangana and a section of media, when she says, ‘“Kaise kaise logon ko yahan kaam mil jaaata hai,”, her character Bobby a dubbing artiste aspiring to be an actress enjoys digitally enhancing her image as the actress for whom she has dubbed as she has the tendency in getting into the skin of the character easily but not able to move out after her dubbing gets over. She even digitally manipulates images with people she gets obsessed with.


Her room walls are covered with her pictures and those pictures are stills from her past silver screen glories – QUEEN, TANU WEDS MANU. This amazingly enduring tour de force of Kangana aka Bobby and the surreal tryst of these two personalities with fact in a fiction is something which is not seen in years in Bollywood mainstream.

Earlier titled MENTAL HAI KYA (that was more apt) JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA is about Bobby (Kangana Ranaut) a dubbing artiste for B grade south Indian movies who aspires to be an actress. An unfortunate incident in her childhood has resulted in making Bobby an acute psychosis patient. Bobby lives in her own world and she appears mentally unstable to others. Her manager and boyfriend – played by Hussain Dalal is her only companion. Bobby’s life takes a weird turn when her grandfather rents part of their house to Reema (Amyra Dastur) and her husband Keshav (Rajkummar Rao).

There is an air of mystery behind Keshav and that makes Bobby getting fist attracted then obsessed with Keshav. One day, Reema accidentally dies due to a supposed fire accident. After investigation, the cops played by Satish Kaushik and Brijendra Kala come to a conclusion that it was an accident. Strangely, Bobby has another theory. What happens next forms the crux of this dark, thriller that has tomes of de noir laced with occasional dash of black humour.


Kangana Ranaut acting in JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA
She is flawless as Bobby. The actress surpasses herself in the character which is a weird mix of Audrey Tautou from the exceptional French Oscar nominee AMÉLIE getting obsessed with Kangana aka Bobby in real. It’s a pitch perfect performance. Kangana Ranaut is in complete command knowing exactly what the character and the writer director want from her.

Direction of Prakash Kovelamudi in JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA
K. Raghavendra Rao the son of the legendary south Indian director K. Raghavendra Rao who has made more than 100 films in Telugu, Hindi and Kannada films known in Bollywood for blockbusters starring Jeetendra, Sridevi like HIMMATWALA, JUSTICE CHAUDHURY, TOHFA etc. Prakash Kovelamudi made his mark with the heart – stirring BOMMALATA (A Belly Full of Dreams) that fetched him top honours at the 53rd National Awards in best Telugu movie category. JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA will fetch him nominations in all the major Bollywood awards for sure.

Prakash chooses a subject which is weird, surreal and infuses it with a pleasing dark-comedy, he exceptionally maintains the de noir tone with a twisted fairy tale element remarkably in the narration that gradually starts penetrating into the domestic violence issue it’s a freaky show of rage, love, betrayal, melancholy, women empowerment, divide, stability, sanity, insanity and more.. Here is a filmmaker who has an extraordinary command over his craft.


Kanika Dhillon provides the required tools to ensure that the director Prakash Kovelamudi’s authority and position doesn,t gets challenged in front of the target audience. The writer brilliantly pens a compelling drama that shift gears from dark comedy to de noir to a modern day fairy tale with a twist, fills it with it notes of control aghast and successfully puts its point forward. The dialogues are laced with sly humour.

Rajkummar Rao acting in JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA
Proving that he is an actor par excellence. Rajkummar Rao excels as Keshav and like a dedicated and hungry chameleon adapts the nuances and successfully uses his character a prop in delivering an exceptional performance.

Performance of other actors in JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA
Amyra Dastur makes an impression. Satish Kaushik is fine. Hussain Dalal is superb.

JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA is masterly crafted. A visual stunner (those Sita episodes especially) cinematographer Pankaj Kumar does an exceptional work it’s a visual masterpiece and the use of lighting is extraordinary. Nitin Baid’s editing is sharp. The background score is in sync.

Jimmy Sheirgill is wasted in a role that could have been easily done by any other actor.  Brijendra Kala is wasted. The plot gets a bit predictable at the end. The climax is hurried.

Final words
JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA is a rare cinematic experience. A flawlessly performed and brilliantly crafted dark psychological thriller laced with de noir elements twined with black humour and a modern day fairy tale all in a twisted surreal settings. Going by 4 an extra for the performances, writing and narration.

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