Harshvardhan Kapoor and Priyanshu Painyuli starrer Bhavesh Joshi Superhero has hit screens today. Helmed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the film is about a young man who wants to continue doing the right and challenge the wrong. And on this journey, he discovers that he’s destined to do bigger things, which will transform him from a common man into a Superhero.
Bankrolled by Eros International, Reliance Entertainment, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena & Anurag Kashyap, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero also stars Priyanshu Painyuli, Nishikant Kamat and Ashish Verma among others. Let’s see if Harshvardhan, whose debut film ‘Mirzya’ (helmed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra) bombed at the box office, has been succeeded in making a mark in the minds of critics and audiences with his second outing? Here’s what the critics have t say about the film. ALSO READ: Box Office Clash: Veere Di Wedding And Bhavesh Joshi Superhero To Release On June 1?
Times of India: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero needs to be appreciated for what it sets out to do – stirring the common man out of apathy by channelising our anger. It doesn’t entirely succeed, but Vikramaditya Motwane’s take on the superhero genre is worth a look.
Firstpost: Bhavesh Joshi is not yet a superhero. While Motwane’s blueprint is derivative (you will think Kick Ass and Arrow), his thoughts and setting are localised enough to make this a convincing character within the genre. But the film’s flaw is that it’s trying to say too much and doing so at such a painful pace that much of a good intention is lost in execution.
NDTV: Would Bhavesh Joshi Superhero have been a more scintillating action film had it not been so excruciatingly elongated? Difficult to vouch for that because in its bid to be dark, cool and edgy, it cannot shrug off its air of puerility. If not pure bunkum, it strays dangerously close, like Icarus, to slipping off its orbit completely. It returns to course occasionally but not often enough to steady its narrative arc. One thing is for sure, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero isn’t likely to be the super-boost that the doctor has ordered for the career of Harshvardhan Kapoor.
Scroll: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero offers solutions that are far removed from reality. The film moves away from common sense as it descends into genre territory. It doesn’t help that its leading man fails to take audiences along.
Bollywood Life: Bhavesh Joshi has moments and scenes that will resonate with a lot of socio-political issues in the country right now. Watch it if you have the palette for something different than the usual.
Times Now: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is ground-breaking. This superhero film is nothing like you have seen before. The major reason for that is it’s about the ground reality of modern-day India and the “superhero” is an everyman. The first half of the film is taut, edgy, and quite engaging. The route, the film takes interests you. And the brilliant interval point excites you for what’s gonna happen in the second half of the film. However, sadly, it loses track post interval. At 2 hours 34 minutes approx, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero starts to lag and, in fact, at a few moments starts to test your patience. The film badly needed a sharp and edgy editing in its second half.
Indian Express: Parts of the film are engaging, but overall, it suffers from having too much to say and not quite sure of how to say it, and oh, while we are at it, why don’t we just bung in an item number. Which is quite cool, by the way, but again, it is a tried-and-tested territory. There is a film in here. Or should I say, would have been, if Bhavesh Joshi Superhero had been less of a cobbled-together-from-many-influences overlong yarn. And fresher, sharper, clearer.