Riteish Deshmukh in his debut Marathi film has managed to win the heart of both critics and audience with his performance in "Lai Bhaari."
The film is a complete action drama directed by Nishikant Kamat. "Lai Bhaari" has received rave reviews from critics as well as industry colleagues.
The film features Salman Khan and Genelia D'Souza in comic roles. "Lai Bhaari" has taken a flying start at the box offices in Maharashtra and with positive word of mouth the film is expected to rock at the box offices.
Check out critics' reviews below:
Salman Khan as Bhau is one of the highlights of #LaiBhaari. And Genelia makes a surprise appearance too. She's simply adorable!
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 9, 2014
Tuzhi acting lai bhaari, tuzhi fighting lai bhaari, tuzhi dancing lai bhaari, @Riteishd Aai shapath, tuzha sagla LAI BHAARI! BLOCKBUSTER! :)
— Milap Zaveri (@zmilap) July 9, 2014
Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi.com said: "If you enjoy the old school 'masaledaar' action films, 'Lai Bhaari' is your thing! The film may not impress you thoroughly but it promises full entertainment at its core. With a good attempt at giving the Marathi cinema an out an out commercial drama, Nishikant Kamat in the age of realistic cinema, churns out a classic Bollywoodish tale with a good spirit." (sic)
"'Lai Bhaari' is a masala entertainer in Marathi. A complete blend of action, comedy and family drama, this one is worth watch because 'Tanta Nay, Tar Ghanta Nay'."
Mihir Bhanage of The Times of India said: "Riteish's Marathi acting debut is simply astounding. Coming after the appreciation for his performance in 'Ek Villain,' it definitely seals the arrival of Riteish-the actor. He dances, he emotes and he fights with equal ease. Sharad Kelkar plays the brooding and ruthless villain with aplomb. Finally, here is a Marathi villain who will induce anger and make you cringe with his actions."
"Much like its name the film's action is lai bhaari, the songs are lai bhaari and everything is lai bhaari."
Tushar Joshi of DNA said: "It's an out and out Riteish Deshmukh film and the actor who has recently shown his versatality is totally at ease. Not only does he bring his own charm and flavour to the dialogues, but he's also managed to do the big action scenes with full conviction. Salman's cameo is a major highlight and you can sense the camaraderie between in the scenes."
"'Lai Bhaari' should pave the way for Marathi films who want to set records and push the envelope in engaging a larger audience. Watch it for Ritieish's feisty performance and Salman's entertaining cameo."
Prasanna D Zore of Rediff.com said: "Though 'Lai Bhaari' is a typical Marathi potboiler, an out-and-out commercial cinema, director Nishikant Kamat has made sure he ticked all the departments right except the plot, which in any case, is somewhat of a rare species now, irrespective of what you see is a Bollywood film or Marathi cinema."
"Salman Khan's cameo (Khan happens to be a co-producer) and his 'bhau' act with Deshmukh as they engage with each other in their drunken stupor talking about Khan's ex will leave you in splits."
"Full marks to Riteish Deshmukh and Nishikant Kamat for taking the plunge into Marathi cinema."