Review of Marjavaan: A tribute to iconic films of 80s that fails in drawing laughs or thrills.

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  • The film ‘Marjavaan’ had released in the theaters on Friday. The film stars Siddharth Malhotra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Rakulpreet Singh and Tara Sutaria in the lead roles.
  • The film has been directed by Satyamev Jayate-fame Milap Zaveri.
  • The film is made with a motif of giving an ode to the iconic films of 80s that were full of high-octane action scenes, heavy-dialogues and seeti-maar performances.


  • Siddharth Malhotra
  • Ritesh Deshmukh
  • Tara Sutaria
  • RakulPreet Singh
  • Nassar
  • Shaad Randhawa
  • Ravi Kishan
  • Varinder Singh Ghuman
  • Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
  • Godaan Kumar
  • Uday Nene
  • Alina Kazi
  • Swati Seth


The story is about an orphan named Raghu who works for mafia in Mumbai. Raghu is loyal servant of the mafia who has blind faith on Raghu. Vishnu, the three half foot of Raghu is jealous of their proximity.

So when Raghu falls for Zoya, a Kashmiri musically inclined girl who comes to Mumbai and finds a girl from a brothel for the music festival in Kashmir Vishnu opposes it and says the girl will eventually grow up and become a prostitute. Aarzo a bar dancer portrayed by Rakul Preet Singh is also in love with Raghu. On the orders of his boss, Raghu kills his rivals.

Zoya witnesses Vishnu murdering the rivals of his boss. He informs the police about the murder. In order to save her life, he decides to elope with her, but gets caught red-handed by Vishnu who orders him to kill Zoya to save the lives of the children of the chawl. The story that unfolds, will be familiar to all fans of action films made in 80s.


Marjavaan is a repetition of all things that the audience has already seen in the action films of the 80s. The film tries to recreate the magic that those films created back in the day, but unfortunately fails to recreate the same magic onscreen.

It is an oddly structured film. It seems as if the film ended in the first half, as the entire part in itself can be made into a full-fledged movie. The second half is unbearable, cringeworthy and avoidable.

The film has lot of fight sequence and over-the-top dialogues like ” Todunga Bhi aur tod phod ke jodunga bhi, “Marunga kanpati pe, dard hoga Ganpati pe” .

Talking about the performances of the film, Tara Sutaria is a sweet girl who keeps on smiling and weeping alternatively. Siddharth is a misfit for the action role.

He is not able to do proper justice to the character. Riteish Deshmukh who plays the role of dwarf keeps on mouthing dialogues that mock his stature. Rakul Preet Singh has nothing to offer in the film. Her role reminds us of Kiara Advani’s in Kalank that was nothing short of an unavoidable cameo.

The music of the film is the only thing that the film would be remembered for. The song ‘Tum hi aana’ is beautiful and melodious. Other than that, the script is sluggish and screenplay is even worse.

In a nutshell, the film is loud, overcooked, messy which is flooded with cringe-worthy dialogues. Ornate and tedious it just passes you by, without caring for anyone in the film. The film that had the potential to become a mass entertainer, ended up in being a film with a sluggish script.

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