This Shobha Kapoor and Shailesh Singh production (another co-producer, curiously is Mental Production Ltd) was earlier titled as MENTAL HAI KYA, but the title was dogged by controversies. The producers were quick enough to register a new title by adding the word JUDGE before MENTAL, and JUDGEMENTAL HAI KYA as a title also made a lot of sense, considering the plot of the movie. And if one sees the posters which show JUDGE written in Hindi, one could read the title as JUDGE, MENTAL HAI KYA indicating to another pointer in the plot as to whether people, who pass judgements (like audiences and critics), are MENTAL CASES?
Any which way you see the title, the fact remains that this is a truly off-beat film.
The theme is novel and all the actors perform brilliantly. Kangana Ranaut does superbly in a role in which lesser caliber actors would have hammed and over acted. Rajkummar Rao is equally commendable in his role, but Kangana has a slight edge because she has a much longer footage. Her character sketching and the build up is sharp; unfortunately, Rajkummar Rao’s character has been drawn out very sketchily in contrast. That is what causes the story to appear a little far-fetched and takes away lot of credit. The metaphorical reference implied in a new avatar of Sita also somehow refuses to connect.
To its other positives, one can add that there are not many distractions and the running time is just under two hours.
JUDGEMENTAL HAI KYA is directed by Prakash Kovelamudi ( His father was the noted South Indian film maker and director K Raghavendra Rao, who in turn was the son of the film maker K S Prakash Rao …Prem Nagar was his venture), and shows that creativity runs in the genes of film makers as well! And Kanika Dhillon, who has written the story, screenplay and dialogues happens to be Prakash Kovelamudi’s wife! So it is all in the family!!
I wonder why there was much of an animosity between Hritik Roshan ( whose SUPER 30 release was re scheduled because of Kangana’s outburst) and Kangana, because both of these would not have clashed at the box office, even if they were released the same day. JUDGEMENTAL HAI KYA will not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is quirky and is reasonably bathed in dark humour, but ANDHADHUN, beats it by a mile. SUPER 30 appeals to a wider cross section and belongs to a different genre.
Lastly, the quirkiness in this movie, begins right in the beginning when the disclaimers come on the screen: it says that the cockroach which features in the movie has been computer generated and thus no real cockroach has been hurt in the making!!!
RATING : 3.5 out of 5
July 26, 2019

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