Bank Chor has performed poorly at the box office, collecting around 1.5 crore on its opening day. The reviews are pretty poor too, it manages to find a spot in the bottom 5 worst reviewed films of 2017.
Bank Chor Review by Indicine
It is difficult to slot Bank Chor into either the comedy or thriller genre. The first half sticks to comedy but the second half diverges into a thriller. Bumpy, the director, tries his best to imbibe the film with pop culture references but it doesn’t turn out the way he may have envisioned it to. Bank Chor takes a lot of time to fully liven up, but even then it is not the fastest movie. There are boring patches in between the moments where action occurs. Bank Chor actually had potential to turn into a cult classic of sorts like 99 has become recently. But it falls short, way short.
Bank Chor Review by Bollywood Hungama
Despite the quirky title, BANK CHOR’s promos failed to leave the desired impact on the viewers. Similarly, the film is a complete disaster, right from the word go. In other words, it’s nothing but a constant bombarding of the sense and the sensibility of the viewers. The film’s writing and screenplay (Baljeet Singh Marwah, Bumpy, Omkar Sane, Ishita Moitra Udhwani) comes across as one of the most absurd works of recent times. Besides that, the film’s proceedings are slow and un-relatable, which makes it extremely difficult to find resonance with the audience. The film’s dialogues (Ishita Moitra Udhwani) are hardly anything to write about. Despite being a film belonging to the comic genre, there are hardly any punch lines and gags that succeed in evoking laughter. Instead in the name of comedy and humor, the film is loaded with futile performances and rather tacky gags.
Bank Chor Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
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.
Bank Chor Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times
Bank Chor proves to be the poor man’s version of Dhoom. Only, this one leans on trying to be more comic than thriller and fails at doing so. Completely avoidable.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
The primary shoot of the film took place in 2014 and the film was stuck for the longest time due to reasons best known to the production house. The plot of the film looks dated but the feel of it is fresh. All thanks to the fancy edit technologies. The screenplay of the film is engaging but the twists in the plot aren’t convincing enough. The director went berserk in dealing with an average plot in a comic thriller genre. The first half of the film is filled with Delhi vs Mumbai jokes which are good too but the second half is a hardcore thriller. The makers of the film promoted it as a comedy film but the film has its own good surprises but loses the fun eventually.
Review by Gaurang Chauhan on Bollywood Life
Film may have its flaws especially in the first half but to quote Robert McKee from one of my favourite films, Adaptation, “The last act makes a film. You can have flaws, problems, but wow them in the end, and you’ve got a hit.” Watch the film for its performances mainly by Riteish, Vivek, Vikram and Bhuvan. If you can survive through the first half, the film will surprise you and how! Watch it.
Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
If you were expecting an out-and-out comedy then you might find the second half a little boring. However, it is the first half that is a let down. You’ve seen most part of the pre-interval part of the film in the movie’s trailers and hence it becomes a tiresome watch. The jokes get repetitive and the writing definitely could have been better. Rhea Chakraborty’s part fails to make an impact and her act of glamorous TV journalist is blah. Sahil Vaid, who has impressed in character roles, fails to do so this time around.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Bank Chor is not a bad movie per se, but it is the kind of flick that you would hesitate to watch in a silver screen, while happily opting to see it on TV on some lazy Sunday afternoon. The humour is not consistently good and some of the gags are quite poor. Moreover, the Mumbai-Delhi clash has been harped upon too many times to be funny. There are some unpredictable twists and turns, which may entertain you, but overall, we feel the film could have been much better. In conclusion, Bank Chor is a ‘decent but not great’ fare…
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
The mood gets dark, the pace picks up, consciences kick in, masks drop off, threats are ping-ponged and the twists begin to fall in line. Of course, it’s all supremely contrived, and, frankly, quite absurd. Even if one overlooks at the glaring loopholes in its tonal switch and professed slyness, it’s frustrating how much Bank Chor delays its denouement because nobody cried wolf.
Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
The bumps in the script don’t hold back the performers. Riteish’s middle-class Marathiness endears him to the viewer; Vivek’s the perfect good cop to all the thugs around him; Thapa and Arora as two Delhi goons are hilarious — there’s a spin-off waiting to happen with these two. Rhea Chakraborty has perfected the art of succeeding in small, supporting roles without shouldering too much responsibility, and Sahil Vaid’s performance singularly pulls up the movie.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
If the one line of premise had not been stretched so long and stayed focussed on comedy, this film could have been a hoot. But unfortunately it isn’t.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Riteish Deshmukh begins with his familiar swag and comic timings but ends up as an insane joke on his dear friend Abhishek Bachchan (who tries to ape in this film) and himself. There are moments and during the ending reels a couple of twists and turns are interesting but not sufficient to cover the damage already done. Vivek has been paired with Riteish in Bollywood’s iconic disaster – GREAT GRAND MASTI and this adds to that list. However, he is fine with his two pistols and a bottle of whiskey. The other cast Rhea Chakraborty, Bhuvan Arora, Vikram Thapa just pass the muster. Sahil Vaid stands out as one of the hostages.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Like his character in this film, Riteish Deshmukh’s ability to pass for a victim is inimitable. But he’s also a victim of terrible film choices. While Deshmukh has always managed to shine in a crowd — even when paired with the worst leading heroes of our times — when singled out and tasked with carrying a film on his shoulders, he cracks. Vivek Oberoi playing a badass cop in this supposed comedy is as pertinent as Rajpal Yadav in an espionage thriller — no matter how earnest he may be in delivering on the role, he is not the reason why most will opt for this film.
Review by Samrudhi Ghosh on India Today
Director Bumpy does not yet have the finesse to make a smooth transition from one genre to another. What you get as a result, is a bumpy ride. The trailer of Bank Chor spoofed the Dhoom series, but the film has a scene which seems to pay tribute to Dhoom 3, which looks very out of place. Bank Chor has its share of absurdities. Rhea Chakraborty, a young and pretty TV reporter, gives out her personal mobile number on national television. Vivek Oberoi, introduced as a decorated IPS officer who was formerly a para-commando in the Indian Army, takes advice from an inexperienced reporter.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on News18
Bank Chor is a misfit in both comedy and thriller genre but it sees Riteish and Vivek undertake something different from what they’ve been doing too much off late – slapstick adult comedies and just for that, you might want to watch the film.
Review by Mohar Basu on Mid-Day India
Calling this convoluted mess a film is demeaning to the word, because I have seen 14-year-olds put together better work than this at school plays. The problem is no one cared to make it well. The only saving grace is that Vivek and Riteish didn’t team up for an offensive sex comedy this time. You’d do well to spare yourself the horror of sitting through this idiocy.
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