Marjaavaan starring Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, and Tara Sutaria, is the latest Bollywood release. Critics' reviews of the movie are out, which are not so positive.
Sidharth plays the character of a goon with a good heart, whose life changes after he falls in love with a mute girl played by Tara Sutaria. Like any other love story, here too exists a villain, a 3-feet cruel don played by Riteish. The movie is being said to be high in terms of romance and action but lacks logic and freshness. Marjaavaan is being called an over-dramatic movie with very little to impress the audience.
Directed by Milap Zaveri, the film also features Rakul Preet Singh in a special appearance and she apparently does not have much to add to the plot.
Check some of the critics' reviews and rating of Marjaavaan:
Times of India: Marjaavaan attempts to check all the boxes for an emotional action rollercoaster, but its dated execution doesn't quite make the kill. (2.5*/5*)
Udita Jhunjhunwala of Scroll: The action scenes are slick and Zaveri remains loyal to the milieu and garnished speeches. It might have worked too, had the story had some heft, some surprises and if one could feel the complexities of the relationships between these flawed characters who remain nothing more than billboard-sized cardboard cutouts.
NDTV: Say yes to Marjaavaan at your own peril. The film is so short of new ideas that at least a couple of its songs are rehashes. One of them has Nora Fatehi gyrating to it with all the enthusiasm in the world. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that too many people will be queuing up to pay her - and the unabashed retreading of tired tropes that this film proffers - back in kind. (1*/5*)
Times Now: Marjaavaan is fun in parts and is an over the top cringe-fest overall. Riteish Deshmukh and Sidharth Malhotra complement each other and it's fun to see them go at each other but how I wish the movie had done them justice. (2.5*/5*)
Filmfare: If Marjaavaan is an attempt to turn Sidharth Malhotra into a bonafide massy action star then it fails to do so on all counts. The all-pumped-up actor gamely ploughs on, fists and kicks flying, mouthing punch dialogue. But even Arnie, Sly or Rajini couldn't have saved this all-over-the-place affair. (1.5*/5*)
Gulf News: There's a scene where the gangster patriarch says: "Raghu put a bullet in Zoya's heart and she died. But he died with her". Our thought: Viewers died a small death too. Watch this at your own risk. (1.5*/5*)
Khaleej Times: Marjaavan falls several shades short of a proper Bollywood masala entertainer that it aspires to in spite of having all the ingredients for it. The weak and cliched plotline along with heavy-duty dialogues that should have impressed but end up sounding hollow is only part of the problem. If you are a fan of action movies that are high on drama but low on impact, only then go for it. (1.5*/5*)