Riteish Deshmukh's Bank Chor, which is set to open in theatres on Friday, June 16, has received mixed reviews from Bollywood critics.
While a large section of critics said that the film was a laugh riot and lauded the performances of the cast, others didn't find the story impressive enough and have advised movie buffs to leave their brains at home if they are willing to walk into theatres to watch the movie.
Bank Chor has been creating a buzz since it is produced under the Yash Raj Films banner and has Riteish in the lead. Also, the unique promotional strategy adopted by the makers where the lead cast are seen spoofing around with the posters of other films like--Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Tubelight, Baahubali 2, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Kaabil, Bajirao Mastani, Dabangg, PK, The Dark Knight--have grabbed a lot of attention.
Directed by Bumpy, who has earlier helmed Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Luv Ka The End, Bank Chor also stars Vivek Oberoi and Rhea Chakraborty. Earlier, Kapil Sharma was supposed to make his Bollywood debut with this movie but he walked out of the project.
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The plot revolves around a goofy robber, Champak (Riteish), who plans a bank robbery but lands in an awkward situation when he encounters with policeman Amjad Khan, portrayed by Vivek.
Below are the Bollywood critics review of Bank Chor:
Ahana Bhattacharya of Koimoi said: "Y-Film's latest release Bank Chor appears to be a comedy from its trailer and hence I entered the theatre with the expectation of watching a comedy. But what starts as a comedy soon turns into a nail-biting gripping thriller!
There are LOL moments in between but I would be very wrong if I label the movie as a comedy which it clearly is not. It is a gripping thriller in the garb of a comedy. I would definitely love to watch a sequel to this wedding of thriller and comedy. This is a film which you can enjoy with your family and even if you're watching alone.Lovely performance by Riteish and Vivek."
Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times said: "The story is lame and the characters plain stupid. Even the background characters, like the hostages in the bank, show traits of being completely insane. The screenplay and characters reek of laziness on the part of the writer. There are, nonetheless, some smart twists in the plot but the thrill lasts for a short span and fizzles out under the lame script. The film gains pace and gets interesting towards the end with a few more twists thrown in. But the cheeky references to Dhoom (a YRF production) kill half the charm."
Raja Sen of NDTV said: "Bank Chor has a few mildly amusing moments, but it could have been a genuinely funny film. The setup is there, the characters are there, Deshmukh is around and game to embrace the nuttiness. Yet the film keeps relentlessly spinning its wheels - while insisting on showing us just how much it is spinning said wheels - and finally becomes the kind of film it is trying to spoof. It starts off being about blank chors, and ends up a bank bore."
Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express said: "The film gets a little perky right at the end, with a twist and all, but it is much too little much too late. Oberoi, who can do so much better, is reduced to puffing his chest, and twirling his 'tache. And I'm saddest about the waste of the talented Deshmukh, so good at dead-panning and lifting the most deadbeat of films. This one's beyond him, alas. Cuss word. Blip, blip."
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