Bhavesh Joshi Super Zero: The Vigilante Who Never Rises

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Bhavesh Joshi Super Zero: The Vigilante Who Never Rises

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, two college students Sikandar (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Bhavesh Joshi (Priyanshu Painyuli) are among the horde of protesters detained in the aftermath of the 2011 anti-corruption movement. At the police station, the protesters sing motivational songs; their infectious energy wins the Mumbai police over in no time. Just when you settle in, bracing the film’s sombre but activist-y tone, it suddenly changes course. The protesters begin to evoke the hoary “Mumbai spirit” and start chanting “Sachinnn… Sachinn!”

Hilarious. In a way, this scene is also symbolic of the film’s proceedings.

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