Given that very few films are currently succeeding in Bollywood, if the mass-man Rohit Shetty can make mistakes, there cannot be any worse news. The director, who brought audiences back to theatres with Sooryavanshi the previous year, now offers Cirkus, a holiday extravaganza. However, things deteriorate too quickly and severely. I got the opportunity to watch the movie beforehand. Read Cirkus Review below.
It is disappointing to see a director like Rohit Shetty, who is primarily renowned for his uncanny ability to direct comedies, get Cirkus so completely wrong. Although completely creative in its own right, the movie follows a Golmaal-like path in terms of the scenarios it presents and the humor that leads up to them. But the outcome is just a string of absurd circumstances. The two seasoned performers Sanjay Mishra and Siddharth Jadhav have the most screen time and opportunities for outrageous and slapstick humor. To their talent and credit, they give it their all and, in a few instances, even make you laugh, but obviously, that isn’t enough to keep you entertained.
Even Ranveer Singh, one of the best character performers, is completely wasted by the story’s attempt at comedy.
Shetty is most admired and renowned for one quality: his unwavering dedication to his ideals and to the future he envisions. Even though a wide range of critics continues to lambast him for “illogical” sequences, that is what has always worked for him. Even that, though, is not done properly in Cirkus. What could have been a brilliant comedy of errors instead ends up being merely bland and uninteresting on numerous occasions, suggesting that Shetty wasn’t convinced by the subject or how it was handled.
Particularly the first half is essentially nothing but actor Murli Sharma’s persona delivering the story while repeatedly breaking the fourth wall.
Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus Gone Wrong
In a movie that somehow never quite gets anything right for it. You are searching desperately for something redeeming. It has to be the production design and sets in this one. The emphasis of the movie is on maintaining era appropriateness because it is set in the 1940s and 1960s. At least visually, the brilliant colors, stunning scenery, and proper attire ensure that you are buying into this universe. Of course, Deepika Padukone’s appearance in the song Current Laga Re was the greatest laugh and most enjoyable moment.
It was a joy to watch the real-life couple’s on-screen connection and the foot-tapping song.
Ranveer Singh is unquestionably one of this generation’s best and most versatile actors. He has had an incredible climb to fame, and he can perfectly impersonate Kapil Dev in 83 as well as Gully Boy and Simmba. The actor, though, looks more out of place and out of sorts than ever in Cirkus. To his credit, he doesn’t get much attention in the written content either. Despite taking on two roles, Singh is unable to make an impression as the character and instead just overworks himself.
When Rohit Shetty was chosen to be the one uniting worlds because his cop universe is unmatched. It was new and utterly hilarious. It will always be thrilling to see Simmba, Sooryavanshi, and Singham in the same frame in different movies. But with Cirkus, the director tries to evoke memories of Golmaal. The five of the series’ characters appear at the end of the movie. They appear as little children at the Jamnadas Orphanage (which was the beginning of Golmaal Again). This should have been a heart-stopping moment, but it felt contrived and had almost any effect.
It was anticipated that Rohit Shetty would end the disastrous 2022 for Bollywood on a high note. But that doesn’t appear to be the case based on the film’s plot and visual appeal. Cirkus is a massive miss when it comes to content and traditional Shetty style. Even though we can’t yet estimate the box office numbers.