‘Judgementall Hai Kya’ review: Loses steam after the first hour

Fans have been eagerly waiting to watch two brilliant actors – Kangana Ranaut and Rajkumar Rao, come together in one film (directed by National award-winning Telugu filmmaker, Prakash Kovelamudi).

Judgementall Hai Kya plays with the mind; through Bobby and Keshav, director Kovelamudi tries to take you into a world that many are unaware of. Kangana, as always is very good. Rajkummar Rao brings an element of mystery to his character.

But this is one of those films that loses steam after the first hour, which is a real shame considering the brilliant first half.

The narrative is quirky, crisp and thrilling. The first half is intriguing and entertaining but the second half is tiring (despite the movie being just 2 hours).

Did you like watching Article 15, Super 30 or Kabir Singh? This movie is different. It seems the movie might end up confusing a lot of people, besides testing the patience of many. A small section of the audience (the more thoughtful) will appreciate it but otherwise the film is likely to face rejection overall by the public.


The film revolves around two individuals whose lives keep on fluctuating between reality and illusions.

  • RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2019 (India)
  • CAST: Kangana Ranaut (as Bobby), Rajkummar Rao (as Keshav), Jimmy Sheirgill as Bobby’s boyfriend, Amyra Dastur
  • Director: Prakash Kovelamudi
  • Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Shailesh R Singh
  • Run Time: 1 hour 56 Minutes

Here are reviews of the film Judgementall hai kya by other critics.

Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: FIlmcompanion
Hindi cinema has an extremely dodgy record of depicting mental illness. Judgementall Hai Kya comes with an empathetic gaze, which is a big step forward. The ambition of the story – both in content and style – is very exciting. But Kanika’s screenplays seem to suffer from the soft belly syndrome. Manmarziyaan, Kedarnath and now Judgementall Hai Kya exert a solid grip in the first hour but in the second, the plotting becomes unsteady. Judgementall Hai Kya dips and soars. Like Bobby, the film can be exhausting. But like her, it’s also a true blue original. And you should give it a shot.
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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Hindustan Times
Watch this film. As evidenced by a man Bobby sees carrying homilies on placards on a street corner, Judgementall Hai Kya knows the difference between accepting and determining something. It is a film about malicious misdirection, and the validity of our narratives — especially those labelled incorrect. It’s okay to jump at a cockroach even if you’re the only one who sees it. From the right angle, a bug is a feature.
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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: Shubhra Site: Indian Express
This is the kind of movie which will sharply divide audiences. And that’s as it should be. Once I began seeing it as the murmurings of a different mind, I bought it as a caper, as burlesque, where nothing is as it is. I had problems with some of it, but I really liked the rest of it.
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Ratings: 3.5/5 Review By: Srreparna Site: Times Of India
Judgementall Hai Kya’ keeps the element of suspense alive all the way till the end. The film pushes the envelope as a dark, psychological whodunit, with a social message weaved in that can’t be ignored. The film treads into a zone where Bollywood has rarely been, and just for that, it deserves applause.
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Ratings: 2.5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: News18
That’s true of the film too. At only two hours, Judgementall Hai Kya feels overlong and overstretched. The film’s second half is so weak, it makes you forget a lot of what you enjoyed in the first half. Which is a real shame because it’s shot and scored imaginatively, and makes a strong case for inclusion and empathy. Kangana Ranaut is solid, and Rajkummar Rao brings a real element of mystery to his character, never allowing us to feel like we’ve entirely figured the guy out. But the film falls way short of greatness on account of a muddled script that loses steam halfway.I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Judgementall Hai Kya. While you admire the attempt at originality, you can’t help feeling frustrated at just how it all comes apart in the end.
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‘Judgementall Hai Kya’ Trailer: Quirky, intriguing and funny

Watch: ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’ Trailer

The trailer is intriguing and also funny – Couldn’t help notice the line “Use na dharti niglegi na Raavan leke jaayega” in the trailer (it means she is neither innocent nor beautiful).

And Kangana seems to be born for such roles, and on a lighter note it seems she wants to take her revenge with Rajkumar Rao for ditching her in Queen.

I definitely want to see this movie to check if its another Andhadhun in the making.

‘Judgementall Hai Kya’ is the new title of ‘Mental Hai Kya’ after controversy

The earlier title of the movie was criticised as people felt it was derogatory. The movie stars Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut.

The title of the film “Mental Hai Kya” created a controversy as people felt the title was derogatory and insensitive to those battling mental health issues. Members of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) had written a letter to the CBFC seeking a change in the title.

With the the censor board also raising objections over the title, the studio decided to change the title of the film to “Judgementall Hai Kya.”

“Given the sensitivity attached to the issue of mental health and our intention of not offending or hurting anyone’s sentiments, the makers have decided to change the title of the film ”Mental Hai Kya” to ”Judgementall Hai Kya”.

Few days back, Kangana had confirmed that the film”s title will be changed. “There will be a mild, small change in the title of the film. Because they find it a bit too harsh. And we are more than happy to do that. Other than that there are absolutely no cuts.”