Bhaag Johnny is a Bollywood thriller film directed by Shivam Nair, and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Bhatt and co-produced by Ajay Kapoor. The film stars Kunal Khemu, Zoa Morani and debutant Mandana Karimi.
Bhaag Johnny is a Bollywood thriller film directed by Shivam Nair, and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Bhatt and co-produced by Ajay Kapoor. The film stars Kunal Khemu, Zoa Morani and debutant Mandana Karimi. less
“With very little substance on display, Bhaag Johnny is an interesting concept gone haywire.”
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There are several terrible things going on in Shivamm Nair's Bhaag Johnny, but the lack of an interesting premise isn't one of them. This is one of those plotlines that just cannot be explained in rational terms, it's just something you have to buy: Johnny (Kunal Khemu) is blackmailed by his boss into killing an innocent woman, else he faces 10 years imprisonment for a minor fraud he commits while on his job. And just when he's faced with a dilemma as to whether to murder the girl or succumb to a lawsuit from his boss, Genie appears. Yes, *that* Genie. And that isn't even the funniest part. The Genie is played by... Vikram Bhatt. Yes, that Vikram Bhatt. Bhaag Johnny is the kind of film I can imagine college students enjoying on stoned nightouts. So what happens is that Genie makes an offer to Johnny that he, like Schrödinger's cat, can try out both options and experience the results himself - Johnny's life diverges into parallel tracks, one in which he chooses to kill the girl, the other in which he decides to save her from the powers that be and be on the run from his boss and a corrupt cop. No, I'm not making any of this up. From here on, the movie becomes one hell of a bore - at least if you're watching it in a sober state of mind like I did - because the potentially wacky premise is treated with the solemnity of a parable. I can imagine what someone like a Luc Besson would've done with the premise, but Nair just doesn't seem to realise how ridiculous it all is. Instead there's lecturing on choosing the right path in life and all that blah, further worsened by sloppy and clichéd characterization (the good Johnny is always seen wearing white; the bad one who chooses to kill the girl always wears black) and remarkably idiotic dialogue (when proposing the heroine, Johnny says, "I can't make kids on my own. I'll be needing your help.") The film plainly tells this-happened-then-that-happened without any perspective whatsoever; and is crushingly devoid of humour or droll self-awareness. It's stupidity galore - one which I found thoroughly uninvolving - but who knows, in company of high-inducing substances, this might just be the funniest film to come out of Bollywood in a while.