Movie Review: JOKER (2012)

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Shirish Kunder’s first directorial, JAANEMANN was very enjoyable, incredibly innovative and unique. His 2nd however, was a travesty of epic proportions that is similar to any car wreck that you cannot look away from despite the brightness of the raging explosion blinding you. This is JOKER.


0 Out of 5 Stars


I can’t even give you a rundown of the premise without being enraged with wall punching emotions, but I’ll try. You owe me one. There’s a village in India that, literally, isn’t on the Map, due to some stupid reason. The village is inhabited by the descendants of Mental Asylum patients who revolted and took over the village decades ago. However, one villager worked hard and went to USA to become a Scientist and look for Aliens. (so still crazy to a point.) Through a chain of events, he’s back in his village with his girlfriend in tow, trying to con his way into getting the village known and better his home towns economic situation with tourists, government help, etc.

It’s stupid. The entire village comprising of Mental patients’ descendants make no sense. How did they form a community? Raise children? Sustain a village without total social and infrastructural collapse? Even stupider: the only educated person who apparently ‘got out’ and went as far as America, used the dumbest idea of faking Aliens sightings to put the village in the limelight of the Media and the world. He does this by faking a crop circle, then using fruits and Christmas lights to dress people up as Aliens for the global Media. You can tell he’s a scientist eh?

it’s not like the media can figure out he’s a scientist. he’s wearing different clothes!

I realize it sounds like I’m shitting you… but I shit you not. This is the synopsis and story of Joker. I think the most asinine thing other than the movie itself, are the actors, producers, and others involved, who heard a variation of the above synopsis and reacted with “That sounds AWESOME!”

JOKER is the most horrible film of 2012. Hell, of forever. The story is crap. The performances are duller than the lazy effort at anything even resembling special effects. The entire concept is so far beyond ridiculous, that even the strongest suspension of disbelief doesn’t save this film.

yes… this is the real alien in the movie. there’s i’ve spoiled it for you!

Shirish Kunder was supposed to be an innovative filmmaker, more so after JAANEMANN. But JOKER is a lackluster attempt at, I don’t even know what genre. I was one of few people that enjoyed and reveled in the genius that was JAANEMANN. So I personally feel outraged at this crap. I can merely hope that this was a misstep in a future career of awesome, as I have not yet seen a film with the narrative creativity of JAANEMANN to this date.

Akshay Kumar wearing Aviator sunglasses, in a Fedora and Dhoti?! (loin cloth-like traditional bottom) Horrible! Sonakshi Sinha doing nothing but being cute and giggling, as has become her signature. Mediocre! Shreyas Talpade screaming gibberish the entire damn movie? WTF?!

JOKER is a poor attempt at story telling and an even poorer attempt at filmmaking in general. Everything from the plot to the performances and the over all execution of the film is so horribly bad, that there’s not enough synonyms of ‘bad’ to describe it.

Shah Shahid

Entertainment Writer | Film & TV Critic | Bollywood Blogger | Host of Split Screen Podcast | Proud Geek Girl Dad


Kathy · February 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Joker is like a moronic, alternate-reality version of Swades. I want Shreyas Talpade’s character from Joker and Tusshar Kapoor’s vowels-only character from Golmaal to star in a movie together, just so I can buy the DVD and blow it up.

    Shah Shahid · February 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    LOL! I stopped watching the GOLMAAL ‘franchise’ after the first. Not a big Rohit Shetty fan.

    But I agree. JOKER is a dumb witted 3rd cousin of SWADES. Great comparison!

Keyur Seta · February 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Lol! Enjoyed reading it 😀 I haven’t seen Joker but it’s so hilarious to think that an inhabitant of such a village went to the US and (more ridiculously) became a scientist! 😛

    Shah Shahid · February 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I’ve realized, after spewing all over a Word Doc of course, that there really is no point of deconstructing the semantics behind non sensical plots like JOKER.

    Now JAB TAK HAI JAAN is another matter altogether. Await that Review for more textual anger from me.

    Always a pleasure Keyur.

meeradarjiyr1 · February 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Completely agree with you! I was expecting more, but not random people dressing up as aliens – which frankly got annoying from their first attempt. With the village not having any economic and financial gain?! Thats crazy, these people would have been dead by now! Plus I wanted Shreyas to (atleast) at one point maybe start talking properly! Great review!

    Shah Shahid · February 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I’m sorry. I’ve spent all my hate on this movie to properly reply to your comment. But yes. This was a suck fest of massive proportions.

    Glad to see most agree. Thanks for stopping by.

    Shah Shahid · February 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Thanks Meera. I didnt expect such stupidity from Akshay or the Director. I feel personally betrayed. Lol.

    And it’s sad when they waste such talent like Shreyas on such an insignificant role. Despite his debit being a non speaking role in IQBAL.

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