Ardh Movie Review: Rajpal Yadav touches the heart with his emotional act but drama is poorly constructed

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Film: Ardh


Cast: Rajpal Yadav, Rubina Dilaik, Hiten Tejwani, Kulbhushan kharbanda

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 2.5/5 stars




Ardh Movie Review:

Mumbai is called the city of dreams which is why hundreds of people from other states come to the city to fulfil their dreams and desires. While some achieve their goals, there are some who struggle hard to keep their goals alive. One such story is of Shiva who is a lower class man and is striving hard to make it big in the city. Here’s what we are going to talk about, the Ardh movie in this review.


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Set in Mumbai, a dreamer named Shiva comes to the city of dreams, Mumbai to become an actor. Though he is penniless, he lives a sweet life with his wife Madhu and his kid. As he has to survive in the world, Shiva gives auditions for various roles but gets rejected due to his appearance. On the other hand, Madhu is a housemaid who also does her bit for her family other than looking after the family. But to survive in the world, Shiva unwillingly opts for multiple works that will at least give him some money to run the family. He even transforms himself into a transgender and begs for money. But will he achieve his goal? Will he become an actor?

Star Performances:

Rajpal Yadav plays the role of a struggling actor Shiva. He is quite impressive in the role that demands more emotions than physical comedy. Considering that we all have seen him in comedy movies and has done a fantastic job, Rajpal is quite a revelation when it comes to playing this emotional character. He hits all the key notes as he takes the centre stage. Yadav even effortlessly plays the role of the transgender named Parvati.

Rubina Dilaik plays the role of Shiva’s wife Madhu in the movie. Rubina plays a wife who will do anything to keep her husband’s dream alive. She motivates him and becomes the strongest pillar of her life as well as her dream. But when I talk about her performance, Rubina reminds me of her portrayal in her show Shakti. In certain scenes, I could see Soumya in Rubina’s act.

Hiten Tejwani plays the role of Shiva’s best friend who does a decent job. He seems to be in a cameo but makes his presence felt in the movie.


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Direction/ Screenplay:

Director Palash Muchhal tries to keep the theme of the film as real and raw as possible. He makes his character quite relatable without going overboard. Given the fact that Rajpal is headlining the movie, Palash didn’t add any unwanted humour, maintaining the flow and demand of the movie. I also liked the fact that the director justified Shiva’s reason to be a transgender, without demeaning or mocking the community. However, it was poorly edited as some scenes ended and started quite abruptly.

Hit or miss: 

It is a good watch but it is badly constructed. The songs in the film seemed quite unwanted but I can see where the director is coming from, wanting to increase the time of the film. When I was watching the film, it gave me a feeling of watching a short film and not a movie as it is less than one and a half hours. It could have easily become a short film instead of having it as a film.


Overall, watch Ardh because of Rajpal Yadav who gives quite a heart-touching performance.

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