“Bhavesh Joshi Superhero” is an action-revenge film which hit screens on June 1, 2018, and was directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. The lead role is played by Harshvardhan Kapoor along with Priyanshu Painyuli.

Vikramaditya is known for making offbeat films like “Trapped” and “Lootera,” and with “Bhavesh Joshi Superhero” he has again made the critics get up and notice his latest creations. His flicks rarely turn out to be blockbusters but still have a devoted fan base who eagerly awaits his works.

To make a good film one needs to have an honest attitude and this honesty reflects in every frame of your work. However, a good film cannot be made solely with honest intent.

It needs a good story, a good script, and a realistic view. With "Bhavesh Joshi Superhero" it seems the director has from the beginning tried to make the film as a franchise and the whole movie is wasted in establishing Bhavesh Joshi as a superhero.

Motwane is a director who dabbles with reality and his past films like “Udaan” and “Trapped” are also firmly on harsh reality. The Superhero acronym itself will be associated with utopia, something unreal. However, Vikram debunks all such preconceived notions. He reveals the down to earth camaraderie between the Samaritan heroes. The film first orchestrates the inciting incident which makes the audience wait for it till interval.

Trailer video

Film critic Shubra Gupta has put the flick in the average category. She feels that Vikramaditya is more comfortable with the young and his previous flick, “Udaan” was about pre-teens and teenage young men.

In his latest work, he has again shown the anger simmering in the youth and unhappiness towards a noble cause.

"Bhavesh Joshi Superhero" has its great moments. Cinematographer Siddharth Diwan has worked hard with light and shadows, dabbling with textures in the dark throughout the film. A killer chase sequence on a bike stands out as a memorable scene which needs to be applauded.

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The opening of the flick is terrific. Young protestors in a dark and dull police lock-up in Mumbai. Even though the flick tries to harp on realism, the main character is not built up to reach a climax. It does talk about a police, politician, water-mafia nexus. The dark characters look very banal and ordinary but suddenly go mad on a dance-floor. The film seems disjointed at many places.

Audience response

Painyuli, Verma, Kapoor have done justice to their roles. Harshvardhan who had a miserable debut with "Mirzya" has put the mask of a superhero but is just able to carry the load of the film on his shoulders but has a lot to improve to be in contention.

Parts of the movie are brilliant, and there is a message which is ready to be given but not entirely sure of how to render it. The film also has an item number which is quite common these days.

Box-office

The Box Office prospects of the flick are that it made Rs 1.75 crores on its opening day.

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“Bhavesh…..” does not enjoy a wider audience but will not be a dud and there are viable commercial opportunities with his films, a fact which must be borne keeping in view that a trusted production house backing the film and also Harshvardhan Kapoor’s stardom.

What are the limits of a vigilante? This is the question which baffles every masked samaritan. Today the line separating the dark from the light is very thin. These are questions which perplex every superhero. He is the judge, the prosecutor, and the executioner. His acts are debatable but all agree to one thing-the superhero must be larger than life.

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