Ganapath Movie Review: Forget adrenaline, Tiger Shroff’s film will give you headaches owing to a disastrous execution
Ganapath (Tiger Shroff) is born with a duty to end the oppression of the poor from the clutches of the rich and the greedy against the backdrop of a dystopian world
- Vikas Bahl
- Tiger Shroff,
- Kriti Sanon,
- Amitabh Bachchan,
- Gauahar Khan
- action/futuristic drama
A shoddy VFX-heavy city that looks straight out of a cheap wallpaper, predictable and loose plot holes that rake your brains in the wrong way, dialogues that do not arouse even an iota of empathy, and most importantly Tiger Shroff’s constipated and monotone expressions. Sounds like a concoction of a mess right? That was what was curated in the form of Vikas Bahl’s Ganapath. A movie so nonsensical that we should actually leave it to Lord Ganesha’s mercy.
The plot revolves around 2070 AD wherein a dystopian world has been created after a war crisis destroyed almost all the successful cities across the globe. This resulted in the rich widening the gap between them and the oppressed through a wall. The flourished part of the city is called ‘Silver City’ but the other side is hailed as ‘Gareebon Ki Duniya’ wherein hunger, poverty, and suffering prevail. However, according to the wise and elderly Dalapathi’s (Amitabh Bachchan) foreshadowing, his grandson Ganapath (Tiger Shroff) will cease the suffering of the poor. However, Ganapath aka Guddu is unknown to the duty he is destined to fulfill and lives a lavish life in the world of the rich. When a crisis forces him to venture into the poor side of the city, he soon realizes his actual duty. In the process, he meets the mysterious Shiva (Rahman) and falls in love with the fiery Jassi (Kriti Sanon). He has to soon try all his might to become the savior of the oppressed against the mysterious and powerful antagonist Dalini.
The direction and writing by Bahl are filled with loopholes and emerge into a predictable snoozefest. Even though the movie moves at a quick pace, you don’t get a breather to connect with the characters or the situations. The characterization is over-the-top and does not even look appealing to match the dystopian world setting. The male protagonist’s motives and intentions are highly predictable and the half-baked climax only adds to the laborious screenplay and execution. The stereotyped characters, costumes, and dialogues will only make you feel that even an animated revenge drama in a kid’s movie makes a bigger impact than this snoozefest. The inculcation of Lord Ganesha’s presence to make you cheer for the protagonist also fails to make any noise.
Tiger Shroff struggles and how! You see the actor struggling in the comedic parts and also lacking to churn out empathy from us in the emotional scenes. He gives out a cliched smirk to showcase a grey shade to his role which hardly lands. It’s once again all abs, kicks, punches, and flips for the actor devoid of any emotion. This time, his ‘Choti Bachi Ho Kya?’ is replaced by ‘Mujhe Jab Darr Lagta Hai Toh Main Bohot Maarta Hun.’ But alas, if only this too could get any outcome. Kriti Sanon and Rahman are the only ones who make a little impact with their performances but their efforts are hugely wasted. Amitabh Bachchan is reduced to a lackluster cameo.
Some scenes had the action sequences designed well but that too becomes tedious after some time due to the lack of depth in the scenes. Except for the ‘Jai Ganesha’ song by Vishal Mishra, none of the other songs create an impact despite the fluid dancing of our hero. Ganapath tried to become a one-of-a-kind redemption drama against the backdrop of a futuristic setting. But the indigent screenplay and the deplorable performance of Shroff could not save this sinking ship.