Director: Ravi Jadhav
Star-cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Dharmesh Yelande, Nargis Fakhri, Mahesh Shetty
- Banjo is set in Mumbai and recounts the story of a local orchestra band’s journey to stardom.
- The film revolves around Kris (Nargis Fakhri), a musician from New York.
- Mikey (Luke Kenny) sends a song from a local banjo band in Mumbai to Kris.
- Kris likes the song and wants them to recor two singles while participating in some music festival.
- She arrives to Mumbai where she meets Taraat (Riteish Deshmukh) and his friends, Grease (Dharmesh Yelande), Paper (Aditya Kumar) and Vajaya (Ram Menon).
- She convinces them to record those songs.
- With a covetous rival, land mafia and a lustful studio manager, their musical journey becomes difficult.
- With its suburban setting, Banjo connects well with the common man of Mumbai.
- The cinematography and composition of the Ganpati songs scores high marks.
- The comradeship amongst the gang is nicely depicted.
- A couple of scenes are written well.
- Riteish Deshmukh gives tremounsly confident performance.
- Dharmesh, Aditya and Ram Menon are great in their supporting roles.
- Mahesh Shetty, as rival banjo leader, is commendable.
- Banjo is a perfect amalgamation of Rock On and ABCD!
- Kris (Nargis Fakhri) takes an entire first half to recognize the band and its members.
- Most of the comedy scenes struggle to make you smile.
- The change of heart of an evil character is absolute cliché.
- Nargis Fakhri looks great, until she cries or speaks Hindi.
Go watch it for Riteish Deshmukh and Mahesh Shetty!