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Ghanchakkar Review

Critic Score 47

Good- 7

Average- 15

Bad- 2

Total- 24

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47

Above Average

 
 

 

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Indicine | Indicine Team

Much was expected from Gupta, and to a certain extent he delivers what was expected from him. The layered nuances, the funny characters with bizarre mannerisms are meant to tickle your funny bone. But Gupta fails in taking the commencement of such a promising story to a satisfying ending. The funny sequences are not as laugh out loud funny, as the premise promised. Gupta’s direction, even though it’s technically sound, is let down by the screenwriters who run of creative ideas for the last one-fourth of the film and allows Ghanchakkar to become a rubble. Having said that, Gupta’s ingenuity comes across in a few of the film’s sequences – the bank robbery scene being the high point of the film.

50

Average Movie
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Rediff | Raja Sen

But despite all the merry tomfoolery, a film like Ghanchakkar depends more on the meat of the story than on its execution. And somewhere through the second half, it stops being funny and becomes inane precisely at the time when it should have showed off its intelligence.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Dailybhaskar

After blockbusters like The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, Ghanchakkar is a big risk for Vidya.  Unlike her other films, the story of this film doesn’t revolve around Vidya’s character.  But it didn’t deter the actor to give another great performance. Whenever Neetu is on the screen, audience can expect a high dose of entertainment.

70

Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Mohar Basu

This film isn’t for you if you like Bollywood thrillers that keep dropping hints and finally bead it up to formulate a drastically dramatic culmination! Rajkumar Gupta leaves it for the audiences to figure out where the story is heading. If you manage to give the repetitive elements a miss, the film unfolds into a twisty comic thriller.

60

Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

Ghanchakkar tries very, very hard to raise a few laughs. You might hear a chuckle here and a giggle there, but the comic situations are far too laboured to leave a lasting impression.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Gupta carts the burden of over expectations on his shoulders, since his last two endeavors had met with critical commendation and commercial success. Will he outdo himself with GHANCHAKKAR, the vital question crosses your mind before the commencement of the film. But the writing lets him down and how! With a bland and lackluster screenplay on hand, there's not much Gupta can do to salvage the show. The soundtrack [Amit Trivedi] too is below the mark. 'Allah Meherbaan' looks completely forced, while the title track [end credits] is functional. Cinematography is passable.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

One of the biggest point of a comedy is to have situations that make the audience laugh, however, Rajkumar Gupta falters majorly in creating any laughable situation in the second half. What's worse, you sniff the entire suspense during the interval period itself making the whole second half just a boring tirade with an outrageously unbelievable end.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

Where GHANCHAKKAR falters is in its basic premise - comedy. Only the bank heist with the three masked men manages to elicit a laugh. Towards the end, Gupta veers to the dark world of deceit. That's the confusion.

50

Average Movie
 
 
DNA India | Tushar Joshi

Emraan look at ease even when he's wearing the obnoxious polka dotted night suit gifted by his OTT wife. There is a certain comfort level he seems to have reached with his approach towards playing any character. Similarly Vidya goes all out to play Neetu. Be it the guitar plastered on her short dress, or her style of holding the fork while digging into a plate of fried rice, Balan takes a risk that pays off. Both Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das are perfect candidates for these roles. Their camaraderie and banter is infectious.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

This is where the film could have quickened, but it slackens instead, leaving Balan to provide a chuckle or two in her hatti katti Punjaban avatar, her accent slipping more than her deeply cut negligees. But the film doesn't make of its characters' quirks as it could have.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Gayatri Sankar

The climax as a separate chunk is absolutely out-of-the-box. It could have helped had the film gained velocity mid-way through. But when you collectively put it all, it spoils the show, thereby rattling your level of endurance and understanding.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Life | Suparna Thombare

Emraan and Vidya have a good chemistry and comfort level, making them believable as the oddball married couple. Emraan gives an all-round performance with great ease. Vidya’s over the top character could have easily turned out irritating, but she pulls it off superbly. The rest of the cast, including Namit and Rajesh play their parts well.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Meena Iyer

For the viewer, part of the fun begins here. The constant sparring between Emraan and Vidya and the bickering between the three thieves is funny. But the pace is slow and when the situations and jokes start getting repetitive, you want to pull your hair. There is an unusual climax to look forward to. Yet, the ground rule for thrillers is that they cannot unfold at such a languid pace.

60

Recommended
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

Where the film falters is towards the second half. It's like a great build-up to a joke that falls flat in the punch-line. So yes, there is suspense that heightens towards the finale only to throw up a disappointing revelation.

70

Recommended
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed

Enough endured. It goes without saying that a director need not spell out every bit of cause and effect, or that he shouldn’t bottle an old situation of a quirky urban couple in a new bottle. The trouble is that a halfway-cliched and a halfway-experimental is an uncomfortable suit. Wishy-washy performances are extracted from both Vidya Balan and an uncharacteristically lifeless Emraan Hashmi.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Mumbai Mirror | Karan Anshuman

Vidya Balan is in self-deprecating mode and hats off to her to be so in your face about it in Bollywood town. Not only is she twice Emraan Hashmi's width, she dresses up and accessorizes in the most outlandish manner. Since her character Neetu never steps out of her house, the Punjaban's "ultra-modern, fashionable" taste is sourced from a slew of fashion magazines.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Yahoo | Rummana Ahmed

There is no doubt that the film has some very strong performances and the suspense and subsequent payoff is worth the wait. The comic track however, isn’t as engaging. While the masked robbery is definitely the high point, the lovemaking scene and the scene with Idris (Namit Das) talking to a call girl come out as forced gags.

60

Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Shubha Shetty-Saha

The partners decide to move in with the couple till he gets his memory back. Interesting concept yes, and fun watch too till now. However, the smile that the irreverence of the first half-an-hour brought soon starts fading as the film progressively gets more and more tedious.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Shalu Dhyani

If only director Rajkumar Gupta had followed through with the wonderful build-up in the first 45 minutes, this could have been a path breaking film. However, with neither the comic nor the thriller elements living up to their promise, Ghanchakkar ends up as a frustrating film. Quite tragic since it had the potential to be so much more.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

The gags are too too intentional and, worse, not funny. The red-herrings, that should not be obvious for their eventual impact, can be spotted. And Ghanchakkar, after being poised for what might have been a rollicking comedy, merely lumbers on until the pre-climax moments when Gupta adds a twist to perhaps make up for all the preceding slumber.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Indiaglitz | Vishal Verma

After a very promising first half Gupta suddenly post interval suffers from identity crisis's and almost murders the movie's identity.. the script written jointly by himself and Parveez fails to find any wings for a cinematic high neither it winks for a possible layer or a statement.. the balance of comedy and crime is lost and we are taken to a whodunit zone and even there also the writer director miss the golden rule - they fool you but doesn,t care to give you a reason that you have been fooled.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
IBNLive | Rajeev Masand

Vidya Balan offers a particularly uninhibited performance as the garrulous, fashion-disaster of a housewife; the kind of part few leading ladies would venture near, or competently pull off. Emraan Hashmi is suitably befuddled, but struggles to shine under the limited scope of his role. The two leads slip easily into the shoes of a couple stuck in a humdrum marriage.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Filmfare | Devesh Sharma

Now, all this would have made for a memorable comedy of misadventure but Rajkumar Gupta chooses the tread the thriller road. Sadly, he chooses to do so at a lethargic pace and hence, the punch when it does come loses impact because by then you’ve given up on the film. Parvez Sheikh and Raj Kumar Gupta have left too many holes in the screenplay. It may have sounded good on paper but suffers from flawed execution.

60

Recommended
 
 
Movietalkies | Joginder Tuteja

When you end up having such wild guesses abut a plot and the characters, you know that Gupta has spun around the tale quite intelligently. Or shall we say, a tad too intelligently because what happens in the end is not just something that one couldn't see coming but also the kind that cannot be everyone's glass of wine.

70

Recommended
 
 
Wogma | Meetu

The movie lingers too much. It stays with situations a little too long after the peak of the situation; the dialogue repeats itself a little more after it has made its impact; at many points the lines come a second or two too late. By then you are done and dusted with your prediction of what is going to happen and pretty much always you hit bull's eye. Including, the final twist. For the content it has, Ghanchakkar is a good 30-45 minutes too long.

40

Not Recommended
 
 

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