Prakash Kovelamudi’s “Judgementall Hai Kyy” begins with a tragedy. Bobby (Kangana Ranaut) struggles to cope with the trauma of witnessing her parents’ abusive marriage as a child.
Introduction of Judgementall Hai Kyy
High-strung, eccentric and paranoid, she prowls the corridors of her sprawling bungalow at night. A voice artist who dubs films, she seldom completes assignments. She gets into fights, she walks out on projects.
While the film does not say what mental illness she’s suffering from, she turns fragile after the arrival of a married couple, Rima (Amrya Dastur) and Keshav (Rajkumar Rao), the new tenants of her bungalow.
Rima’s death in a freak accident sends Bobby into a spiral. She is sure Keshav has killed his wife but has a hard time getting the police to believe that the grieving husband is just acting. She is institutionalized. Keshav disappears.
Two years later, a much-improved Bobby visits London, only to discover that Keshav has married her cousin, Megha (Amrita Puri). Bobby is convinced he will harm one of the few people she holds dear, while Keshav tries to convince Megha that her cousin is bad news.
Ranaut and Rao are good at acting their way around the craters in the script. Ranaut is especially effective as Bobby, garnering sympathy for her character’s often inexplicable and erratic behavior.
But the cluttered script, by Kanika Dhillon, runs at a manic pace, zig-zagging from scene to scene with abandon. Bobby dreams of herself in scenes from films she’s dubbed, fusing and melting these dreams into real life. In one sequence, she is Sita, the catastrophically misunderstood wife of Lord Ram in the Ramayana. It’s not hard to see that Bobby feels the same way – like Sita, she is expected to prove herself against all odds.
Lively efforts like this, unfortunately, fall flat, in part because the film seems unsure about where it wants to go. Kovelamudi stuffs his scenes with absurdist elements and dark humor, but the script is too shallow to support these devices. At best, Judgementall Hai Kyy? is an ineffective thriller with an obvious villain.
Kangana Ranaut as Bobby
Rajkummar Rao as Keshav
Lalit Behl as Uncle
Hussain Dalal as Varun
Amrya Dastur as Tina\Reema
Brijendra Kala as Police Officer
Satish Kaushik as Police Officer
Amrita Puri as Megha