'Ghayal Not Again'
Director: Sunny Deol
Cast: Sunny Deol, Soha Ali Khan, Om Puri, Tisca Chopra, Aanchal Munjal
Genre: Action, Drama
Duration: 2 Hours 7 Minutes
Average Combined Ratings of All The Critics : 1.5/5
Mr. Deol finally makes his way to the theaters not only in capacity as an Actor but also as the Director, Producer and Writer of ‘Ghayal Once Again”. The Sunny Deol of 90’s who incontestably gave us shivers down our spines through the blatant portrayal of characters such as Ajay Mehra is reprising the very same character that gave him critical as well as populist extol. With ‘Ghayal Once Again’ he is invigorating a character that may again fetch him appreciation or may dilute the elongated bequest of a film that we still ostentatiously proud to be associated with.
Ghayal 2.0 retains the theme of a cognizant citizen and his antagonism towards the deep rooted corrupt elements of society that paralyzed the functionary of society as a whole. In his quest to thwart the evils of the system, Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) along with a horde of youngsters instates a prolong struggle against the edifice of transgression, Raj Bansal (Narendra Jha). Will Ajay able to trounce the corrupt facets of system or find himself stranded in his struggle against the erroneous conglomerate.
Ghayal 2.0 fall victim to its own endeavor of scuffle against the misdeeds of society due to the lack of maturity, conviction and execution in almost every cinematic frame that a virtuous film otherwise requires. Apart from the larger than life action sequences, neither Ravi Yadav’s cinematography nor S-E-L’s music give you a moment to rejoice. Mr. Deol through his multitude of creative involvements offered a shoddy yet inept cinematic piece which is far from watchable.
It is amply clear from the very outset that the quaintly antiquated Ghayal Once Again is unlikely to achieve its avowed goal - help Sunny Deol's dhaai kilo ka haath regain its lost box-office potency. Several other Bollywood stars have since moved into the fists of fury space and the deadly Deol's dumbbells and decibels are no longer as saleble as they once were. Read More..
Indian Express: 1.5/5
For once, Bollywood has come out with a sequel which feels organically grown. The 1990 hit ‘Ghayal’, featuring Sunny Deol as the ordinary-guy-forced-into-taking-the-law-into-his-own-hands, gave the leading man a lasting edge in the snarling stakes. No one could do it better. 'Ghayal Once Again' picks up threads from where the original had left off (there are brief flashbacks to prove it), borrows a character from the previous film, and presents the same leading man as older and grizzled, but as filled with hurt and rage as before, doing what he did before: acting as a one-man army against the corrupt system. Read More...
It took Bollywood actor Sunny Deol over two decades to bring out the sequel of the 1990 action hit Ghayal. Now that it’s here after 26 years, we wish he hadn’t bothered. Ghayal Once Again is a shoddy attempt at reviving the classic revenge drama about avenging loose canon Ajay Mehra (Deol). Note to Deol (who has written, directed, produced and acted in Ghayal Once Again): what worked in the ’90s is unlikely to fly now. The scene in which an intern at a news organisation commits suicide after her editor-boss rapes her because she fears being ostracised should give you an inkling about how outdated the film is. Read More...
What’s Good: Ghayal sequel takes off from exactly where it let off. The flashbacks work well for connectivity. Action sequences are the soul of this film. What’s Bad: Ajay Mehra is not as powerful as he was back then. His character lacks the aggression. It seems like the villain is a hero in this film. A tighter script would have worked well. Read More...