Neo-noir movies are a rarity in Bollywood. Last year, Sriram Raghvan’s Andhadhun pushed the envelope and bagged critical acclaim along with commercial success. Judgementall Hai Kya, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, is a similar effort and, though it lacks the ingenuity and narrative heft of Andhadhun, it is a fairly quirky and enjoyable ride.
Bobby Grewal, portrayed by Kangana Ranaut, is an oddball smarting from a traumatic childhood. She has many idiosyncrasies and a spitfire temper, due to which she often spends time in a psychiatric facility. Keshav (Rajkumar Rao), a seemingly dubious guy, is Bobby’s tenant. She begins to suspect that Keshav is conspiring to kill his wife. What follows next is a chain of erratic, outlandishly zany events.
The screenplay by Kanika Dhillon is engaging for the most part. The dialogues are crisp and the principal characters are meticulously fleshed out. The subtext pertaining to domestic violence and tribulations of a psychotic mind adds sinews to the story. The treatment of the protagonist, suffering from acute psychosis, doesn’t get insensitive at any point. The editing is razor-sharp and the movie doesn’t wobble.