Banjo (2016)


Banjo (2016)

Mickey a sound Recordist records a tune during Mumbai Ganpati festival and sends it to her friend Chritina in the US, Christina comes to Mumbai in search of the band.Christina along with Mickey audition many band but they don't find the band which originally played the tune.Taraat who extorts money for local politician had played the tune with his band for the festive season he is given a job of showing Chritina the whole Mumbai but doesn't disclose him self of being a Banjo player as he feels that as a Banjo player he and his band haven received the required respect.
IMDb  4.9 /10
Director Ravi Jadhav
Writer Ravi Jadhav
Writer Nikhil Mehrotra
Writer Kapil Sawant
Release Date2016-09-23
Runtime2h 17mins
GenreAction, Drama, Music
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
CompanyEros International, Sukarma Films
Ram Menon
Ram Menon
Vajya's Father
Janardhan Parab
Janardhan Parab
Taraat's Father
Mickey / Mic
Sheeba George
Sheeba George
Night Club Goer
Poornima Ahire
Poornima Ahire
Radha Amma
Pippa Hughes
Pippa Hughes
Air Hostess
Anand Ingle
Anand Ingle
Mr. Ravi Nair
Shruthi Mathur
Shruthi Mathur

Banjo (2016 film)

Banjo is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language musical film, directed by Ravi Jadhav and produced by Krishika Lulla under the banner of Eros International. Principal photography began at the end of January 2016 and the film released on 23 September 2016. Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri star in the film. The film received mixed reviews upon its release and was declared a flop at the box office.


Mickey (Luke Kenny) is an American, temporarily based in Mumbai, who is in search of an instrumentalist capable of playing the banjo. While trying to contact his music festival aspirant friend Christina (Nargis Fakhri), he comes across a local concert organised by a band of poor friends: 5 of them, led by Taraat (Riteish Deshmukh), who, unknown to Mickey, is the right match for him and Christina to show up at the festival. Christina, upon arrival in Mumbai, is forced to seek out odd jobs and portray Mumbai as dirty, but when, through a local MLA, she meets Taraat, who falls in love with her at first sight, she begins recognising the city as a good place. Taraat is at loggerheads with the leader of an underpaid rival band, who frames him wrongly for the assassination of the MLA who had introduced Taraat to Christina. By that time, in a twist of fate, Christina, while trying to chase the sounds of a banjo being perfectly played, discovers it is Taraat, and convinces him.

Following the assassination, Taraat is disowned by his friends, who accuse him of committing a crime, under what is obviously a false impression. However, when the rival band's lead musician admits his mistake, the friends get back together. Finally, they are given a chance by popular music baron Shamin Nair (Mohan Kapoor). However, shortly after Christina returns to the States, Nair humiliates Taraat, who threatens Nair and dares him to steal the show. When the band makes an entry, Nair is convinced of the band's power as it plays a sway-away song based around Lord Ganesha. Finally, after Mickey sends a recording of the song to Christina, Taraat is contacted by her to come to the US for attending the festival.


  • Riteish Deshmukh as Taraat
  • Nargis Fakhri as Christina/Chris
  • Dharmesh Yelande as Grease
  • Aditya Kumar as Paper
  • Ram Menon as Vajya
  • Mahesh Shetty as Pakkaya
  • Luke Kenny as Mickey a.k.a. Mic
  • Mohan Kapoor as music baron Shamin Nair
  • Anand Ingale


Critical response

Banjo received mixed reviews from critics. The Times of India rated the film 3.5/5, writing that "If you are familiar with Mumbai's working-class neighbourhoods, where the hearts of the poor are bigger than the pay packages of those residing in the mushrooming high-rises, you'll be able to notice the beauty of Banjo. It also makes you respect the street musicians a little more." Hindustan Times rated the film 3/5, stating that "there's a lot to like in Riteish Deshmukh film." rated the film 2/5, writing that "Banjo is easily passable. Why would you waste your money to watch Nargis’ acting and Riteish juggling between his Lai Bhaari an Rockstar rated the film 2/5, writing that it has "nothing much to beat about." NDTV rated the film 1.5/5, writing that "Riteish Deshmukh's Film is a Pale Shadow of Rock On!!." The Indian Express rated the film 0.5/5, writing that "Riteish Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri film has no redeeming features."

Box Office

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The film's first weekend produced a net collection of ₹5.92 crore. In the next four days the film collected ₹2.03 crore which took its first week collection to a total of ₹7.95 crore. The film's net collection from India is ₹8.80 crore while its grossing in India is ₹12.22 crore (US$1.7 million).


The film collected ₹15 lakh (US$21,000) from North America(USA & Canada), ₹3 lakh (US$4,200) from Australia and ₹84 lakh (US$120,000) from New Zealand.

The film's worldwide lifetime grossing is ₹13.24 crore (US$1.9 million).


Soundtrack album by
Released23 August 2016
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelEros Now
ProducerKrishika Lulla

The score of Banjo was composed by Julius Packiam, while soundtrack album of Banjo consists of seven songs composed by Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The Music rights are acquired by Eros Now. The first song of the film "Bappa" was released on 18 August 2016. The full music album was released on 23 August 2016.

1."Bappa"Vishal Dadlani3:19
2."Udan Choo"Hriday Gattani3:32
3."Rada"Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Shalmali Kholgade2:57
4."Pee Paa Ke"Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz3:07
5."Rehamo Karam"Ajay Gogavale2:30
6."Om Ganapataye Namaha Deva"Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz2:47
7."Banjo Party Song"Vishal Dadlani2:58
Total length:25:22