Joker Movie Review

The promos were dull, Akshay Kumar disowned the film and there was no hype prior to it’s release. But, amidst all the negativity surrounding Joker, I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Director Shirish Kunder’s last film Jaan-e-mann didn’t work at the boxoffice, but the movie had it’s share of fans.

Does Joker work? Read on..

Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha with co-stars of Joker

Joker Review

Story: During Independence, when the map of India was re-drawn, a small village called Paglapur didn’t find a place on the map. Inmates of a mental asylum broke loose, formed their own village and aptly named it Paglapur. Fast forward to the current decade and absolutely nothing has changed – the village still has no electricity or water and the villagers are still act like madmen.

Enter Agastya (Akshay Kumar) with his pretty girlfriend Diva (Sonakshi Sinha). He is working on a device to communicate with the aliens!  When Agastya finds out that his father, who lives in Paglapur is seriously ill, he abandons his work and returns. How he transforms the village forms the rest of the tale.

Joker Review

Always felt Joker could either spring a huge surprise or fall flat. Unfortunately, it’s the later. From start to finish, absolutely nothing works for the film. You fail to understand what the director was thinking?!

In an attempt to try something unconventional – director Shirish Kunder seems to be inspired by several classics. Akshay Kumar’s character reminds you of Shahrukh Khan in ‘Swades’, the gibberish speaking Shreyas Talpade tries to pull off a Tusshar Kapoor act from ‘Golmaal’ and the costumes are inspired by ‘Lagaan’.

Joker is devoid of any sense or logic. Agastya manages to fool the best of scientists on the UFO landing in their village, only to have his fool-proof plan busted in 10 seconds by one of his enemies. The armed forces land up to capture/kill the aliens, but why do they stand outside the forest when the aliens are hiding inside?

The actors look disinterested, especially Akshay Kumar who has always delivered spirited performances, even in some of his worst films. Sonakshi Sinha has very little to do. Shreyas Talpade is good. Asrani is okay. Minissha Lamba has a special appearance. The rest of the characters ham endlessly.

At a runtime of 1 hour 45 minutes, Joker is one of the shortest mainstream films to come out of Bollywood. Still, Kunder has managed to squeeze in 4-5 songs – including an item number by Chitrangada Singh!

Overall, it’s a ‘joke’ on the audience courtesy Shirish Kunder. You’d be better off not being the ‘Joker’. Stay away.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
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68 Comments

  • Thanks you indicine for your review

    that means EK Tha Tiger has lots of chances to sustain on box-office…

    EK Tha Tiger surely entering 200 crore club

    Dont worry Akshay fans this movie was only made for kids..

    All the very best for Khiladi 786
    iam very much sure Khiladi 786 will going to be another blockbuster for Akki

  • What happened Kunder Paaji.. Joker’s lifetime collection will be less than day 2 of ra.one. And the guy tweeted as if he is a James Cameron. And Apologising to SRK at the last minute is not going to help your film either… The boat is sunk at the shore itself :)

  • @all akki fans now dont blame that kunder guy alone ur akki is equally responsible for this upcoming disaster.Akshay kumar has a very poor scipt choice which he proves in his every second movie.Leave khans alone his stardom is less than of Hrithiks.No matter how pathetic the movie is it should get a 8+ cr opening which proves that akshay is not a big star like them.

  • Finally AKKI is OVER.
    He’s only Remake King.
    Rowdy Rathore,Housefull 2(malayalam copy).

    Akki’s next 3 films wont do 100cr like
    Joker
    Kiladi786-too many competition from Talaash,Dabangg 2,Koshadiyan,Vishwaroopam in december.
    Special 27-its not entertainer.
    OUATIM 2-DOUBT.
    Boss(remake of Telugu blockbuster) will do 100cr plus.

    So akki fans wait for BOSS till 2013 late.
    LOL.

  • @jeeva,just shut up.its just joker.wait till khiladi 786.you will get your answer.it will be blockbuster for sure,then ouatim2 another blockbuster.

  • Sorry for Akki…..but it seems he knew it was a disaster and he just tugged on with the commitment and friendship to Farah Khan……….wonder what will Kunder now tweet…..and 40 cr firework fizzled……

    Will the childrens love it…..remain to be seen, as the ticket sales are not great, as info says.

    @ haters of Akki……….this may be a disaster, but almost every reviewer said Akki was the saving grace……..so, better not berate him……….like SRK and Salman, Akki is a good actor too….but ultimately sometimes commitment makes them do some silly movies that affects their images.

    Good luck for his home production OMG.

  • @ARQAM
    have not seen the 90 eras….
    post 2000 era Salman has 3 highest grossing movies of the year till 2011,Srk & Hrithik both have
    3 each ,aamir has 2 so you cant say srk ruled but agree he has been most consistent through out the years.

  • @shahid,i read on’ salman khan fan club’ that joker will get 8-10 crore opening,which was said by haider afridi.so,thats also possible.

  • Rowdy, of course every actors have failures but this is a different topic.
    U said that it will break Ett’s record, u said akki is the baap of all khans and etc, but now I guess those words u said were not true so that is why we guys are targeting at u and making fun of u.
    So I hope u have learnt ur lesson.

  • @marz,also rahul roy does better romance then srk.you said that akki is your 3rd favourite actor,but you are still blamimg him.why?is akki really your 3rd fav. actor?

  • Taran Adarsh – JOKER is a joke of a film. Disaster!
    Zeenews Review: ‘Joker’ is not funny at all(rating:1/5)
    Boxofficeindia Joker had a dull opening across India with collections around 20% on average.
    JOKER fusssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • @star, go to hell.

    Akki fans now u have seen right why u should never compare akki with khans the legends Bollywood
    Be sensible like hrithik fans, they never boasted about their hrithik grater than khans but yeh hrithik gave a big competition to khans. But I must say akki is no where near hrithik as well.

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