Khaali Peeli review – Bumpy ride

Title: Khaali Peeli
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday, Jaideep Ahlawat
Director: Maqbool Khan
Streaming on: Zee Plex (Zee5)
Language: Hindi

Story: Vijay Chauhan aka Blackie (Ishaan Khatter) is a taxi driver in Mumbai and is on the verge of running away from the city. Right then, he comes across Pooja (Ananya Panday) who is running away from a forced marriage. Blackie agrees to help her in escaping from the goons and police who are searching for her. How did they manage to escape forms the story.

Performances: Ishaan Khatter is truly impressive in his role. He gets the body language right but it is best that he does not continue doing roles like these because his talent deserves films like Dhadak. Ananya Panday is a total misfit for this kind of role. Her makeup and costumes do not suit the role she played. Her slang also felt artificial at times. However, she is very pretty, danced well and has a great screen presence. She performed well in a couple of scenes which gave her scope. ‘Pataal Lok’ fame Jaideep Ahlawat has given his best in a negative role. The kids who played the younger versions of Ishaan and Ananya are cute and their portions are some of the good moments in the film.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good. The dark tone has helped in showing Mumbai in a slightly different way from other films. Music is strictly average and songs pop up out of nowhere and disturb the flow of the film. Editing is decent. Car chase sequences and fight sequences offer nothing enjoyable.

Analysis: To start with, the film has a wafer-thin storyline and a narration pattern which has been dealt with in too many films over the past few decades. The film has a non-linear screenplay which does not do any good to this film. Ishaan gets a massy hero intro and he has done everything right in this role where he has to play to the gallery. Ananya Panday, despite seeming like a misfit adds colour to the film. The limited humour quotient in the film falls flat. The first 50-60 minutes of the film are fairly engaging thanks to Ishaan and the scenes featuring the lead pair’s younger versions work well. The remaining portions offer no freshness or excitement of any kind and just move on a flat note. The film follows the template of a typical masala film where the hero is on escape mode with the heroine. Better action sequences, better comedy and a more entertaining overall screenplay would have helped this film.

On a whole: Khaali Peeli is a strictly average formulaic flick which is not entertaining enough to deserve 299 rupees per view.

Rating: 2.5/5

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