Ghanchakkar ~ Review

Ghanchakkar is a comic crime heist starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.


Ghanchakkar is directed by Rajkumar Gupta who made previous films such as critically acclaimed Aamir (2008) and No One Killed Jessica (2011). These two films made critics stand up and take notice at this newbie filmmaker.

This time around Gupta makes a crazy comedy about a heist that inadvertently goes wrong after the person who has all the money loses his memory.

Sanjay Athray (played by Emraan Hashmi) wants to retire from his criminal life but he plans a one last perfect bank robbery with his partner in crime friends (played by Rajesh Mishra and Namit Das).

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The heist goes absolutely perfect but when Sanjay loses his memory, all hell breaks loose. Why? Because it is Sanjay who knows where he has kept the money, but he now doesn’t remember.

Sanjay’s friends decides to stay with him for as long as it takes for his memory to return. But there is another hitch. They will also have to face Sanjay’s quirky and insane wife Neetu (played by Vidya Balan).

The story of the film is very good in the first half, but drags.
The film has amazing performances by all the actors.
Rajkumar Gupta is a brilliant Director but this time it looked as though Ghanchakkar was not his foray.
The camera work and production values are amazing. The editing part is very weak overall.
Only the title track is good, rest of all the songs are forgettable. The background score is good.
Ghanchakkar works for Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan combo performances. The film is not that good. Review Scores by Faisal Saif

Emraan Hashmi as Sanjay is simply outstanding. He is one such actor who can even perform on any empty frame with no dialogues at all.

But it is Vidya Balan who actually who steals the show with her perfect comic timing and typical Delhi-Punjabi accent.

Rajesh Mishra and Namit Das who plays Emraan’s partner-in-crime friends are fabulous. Please note them both in the scene when the doctor declares Sanjay has lost his memory and it may take longer to recover.

As I said earlier, Rajkumar Gupta has chosen a different script this time, completely different to his previous films. The film might looked hilarious and fast on paper, but sadly on the screen the film drags at many points.

It also looks as though the writers ran out of comical punch-lines in a few places. What could have been a rib-tickling scene, turns out to be a just another normal scene.

There are some good twists and turns in the film. The camera work and production value are very good. Music wise, the title track is good. But the rest of the music will not be remembered much according to me. The editing of the film is on the lower note.

Since there are no other films this week, Ghanchakkar can be touted as a good and funny time pass to enjoy with your friends. The film is good, but not the amazing one.

Faisal Saif is our Bollywood film reviewer and Journalist from B-Town. He has huge passion for everything Bollywood and adores its magic on and off screen. His motto is to "Stand unique and tell Bollywood Stories in a Different Way."