Bawaal movie review: Is the movie different than its trailer?

An exclusive review of Varun Dhawan and Jahnvi Kapoor's Bawaal by Hemish Chhaya for eChhapu

Bawaal Review
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Sometimes, Romantic Drama Genre movies are so complicated and confusing that you get confused in the trailer only and start judging it. The same case goes for Bawaal. When Bawaal’s trailer came out, I was confused and had low expectations though having faith in the director of the film Nitesh Tiwari. Having no expectations yesterday for the movie, I realized that the movie was completely different from the trailer. It can be easily justified that Bawaal is a Romantic Drama with a mixture of World War 2 Flashbacks. Bawaal, as a film teaches some suitable life lessons. It can be said as a Bollywood fan that, at least this movie is not a Stereotype movie, unlike current Bollywood Films.

Bawaal Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jahnvi Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Mukesh Tiwari and Anjuman Saxena

Produced By: Sajid Nadiadwala and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari

Directed By: Nitesh Tiwari

Runtime: 2 Hours 17 Minutes

Streaming On: Prime Video

If we talk about the story, then Ajay Dixit, aka Ajju Bhaiya (Varun Dhawan), who’s a carefree person also a teacher who teaches History in a school of Lucknow, is an image-conscious person who made his whole image by telling lies and considers himself much more thoughtful and intelligent then the whole Lucknow, gets married to Nisha (Jahnvi Kapoor) who’s much more intelligent than him as they both are opposites, Due to a medical problem of Nisha, Ajay is feared to lose the image that he built by lies as he keeps Nisha grounded wanting not to jeopardize his reputation. But suddenly came a big twist which changed their lives as they found it in the locations of World War 2. Will they be the same after that or not?

After finishing the movie, the first thought that came to my mind was why they didn’t release this movie in the theatres. Maybe they were eyeing releasing this movie on 21st July in cinemas, but having this massive clash of Barbie and Oppenheimer; they may have thought it safe by releasing it on OTT. And another reason could be the current situation of Bollywood films; as we all know, I think one of these can be a reason to release this on OTT. Alright, if we talk about the film, it is good as it turns out to be something else we all saw in the trailer.

I think Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari are the only 2 people who are great at choosing scripts, as we have examples like, Dangal, Chicchhore and Bareilly Ki Barfi. Also, as we know that Nitesh Tiwari is directing the Ramayana, It feels safe to say that it will be far better than the current one(let’s just not take the name, they have enough controversy). Moving back to the film, the story is from Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, who has hit every note of the movie right that you will feel connected to Varun and Jahnvi in some scenes. I especially liked the film’s Songs as they fit perfectly in the movie. If we talk about the performances, then:

  • Varun Dhawan is a good actor, especially liked his role in Bhediya. But the problem is his accent. In this movie, he is from Lucknow, but he is speaking the same way he did in the movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Also, he would pronounce it so correctly whenever he has to say Paris, Amsterdam or Poland. That is how the star kids do. But I liked his role, especially his change of emotions in the 1st half, especially how he treats Jahnvi with mixed emotions, and they both together as husband and wife looked sweet.
  • The same goes for Jahnvi Kapoor for the accent problem, they come back to the typical accents they talk in real life as they both were so fluent in speaking locations. However, Jahnvi played her part well in 2nd half, where she justified her role.
  • Manoj Pahwa and Anjuman Saxena, as the parents of Ajay, play their part well whenever needed having not much more significant role, still being an excellent support to the lead.
  • Mukesh Tiwari is that person; whenever he plays either a good or bad character, he always acts more with the eyes, as that’s what his plus point is also, he had some good screen time.

The thing which I liked the most in the film was the cinematography. The scenes in the 2nd half where the scene keeps changing from World War to the present scene is what I liked the most as that’s what I started liking in Nitesh Tiwari’s movies especially this the same what he did in Chicchhore he played with time from past to present and from present to past. He always presents the Moral of his film through his Philosophical Ideologies. This film, though, somewhere, gets boring as some scenes get stretched unnecessarily. So, in conclusion, I can only say that Bawaal is a film that you can watch anytime as it is released in OTT, but it’s an enjoyable film depending on whether you watch it or not only on Prime Video.



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