Cirkus (2022) Movie Review: Is It Worth Watching?

cirkus movie review

Rohit Shetty is the film’s director and producer. Cirkus is an Indian Hindi-language period comedy film that will be released in 2022. The movie was produced by Rohit Shetty Productionz and T-Series in collaboration with one another. Pooja Hegde and Jacqueline Fernandez also star in the movie alongside Ranveer Singh and Varun Sharma, who each play two different roles. In addition to that, Deepika Padukone makes a few cameo cameos throughout.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare is the source material for the film Cirkus. In November of 2020, principal photography for the film got underway in Mumbai, with further shooting taking place in Ooty. Cirkus was released in theatres on December 23, 2022, which coincided with Christmas Eve and was met with reviews that ranged from unfavourable to positive.

The Storyline

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The twins are first given the names A square and B square, but the two couples who adopt them eventually christen them Roy (Ranveer Singh) and Joy (Varun Sharma) instead. Unknowingly creating a recipe for chaos and calamity that will undoubtedly come to pass when these four boys grow up and cross paths. That is the one-line plot, if you can call it that, of this Rohit Shetty movie, which is terribly deficient in the element that makes a comedy of mistakes.

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Not a Charm Like 1960s & 1970s

“Cirkus” is based in the late 1960s or early 1970s and is set in the gorgeous green hills of Ooty with painstakingly crafted colourful and fantastical set pieces that resemble a theme park. The movie makes a valiant effort to pay homage to the cinema of the time. Every now and again, a lot of iconic Bollywood songs play in the background, and the actors’ acting is the only thing that is louder than their period-appropriate attire. It’s a full-on slapstick comedy, but that isn’t the issue because Bollywood has produced countless films in that type that have taken audiences on joyride rides.

Additionally, some movies from Rohit Shetty’s studio are included. Only a few scenes, taken as a whole, are able to make us chuckle in the way Rohit Shetty movies usually do. Consider that our hero Roy is resistant to high-voltage shocks and that his highlight performance at his “Jubilee Cirkus” involved forcibly kissing two live wires with his bare hands. But each time he does that, his judwaa bhai and anyone else who touches him get a powerful electric shock. As soon as the deed is over, he is fine.

Talented Performers Wasted

If you can get over this, you might feel a bit more comfortable watching the rest of the story, which features caricatures, talented performers wasted in clichéd roles, dull language, and situations that literally go nowhere. The script has terrible redundancy and delivers nothing new in terms of humour or punchlines. It becomes apparent to the viewers that the purpose of the drama’s addition of so many characters—many of them unnecessary—is to confound the audience and provide humour.

The loot gang’s entire trail resembles an appendage. Similar to this, the characters frequently act in such an odd manner that they misrepresent incredibly extraordinary events as being commonplace. For instance, even the most bizarre events are handled by the characters as if they were anticipated to occur or, if not, as something that shouldn’t be fretted about, investigated, or discussed.

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Uninteresting Basic Plot

Even the discovery of the tension for the two Roys, the two Joys, and for everyone else in the Roys’ and Joys’ lives appears uninteresting. Because Roy is portrayed by Ranveer Singh, who has the image of a hero, and Joy is portrayed by Varun Sharma, who has the image of a character actor, the Ooty-based Joy soothing the perpetually concerned Ooty-based Roy appears odd. Although Ranveer Singh gives each of his roles his best effort, ultimately neither role has enough conviction.

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The cameo by Deepika Padukone in the song “Current Laga Re” is a standout moment and a welcome relief. Varun Sharma’s comic timing is criminally wasted in this scene, thus Johny Lever, who plays Polson bhai, is left to provide the much-needed real laughter. In his brief appearance on television, the talented comic produces more hilarious scenes than the entire group combined. Pooja Hegde portrays Roy’s wife Mala in a sombre manner, and she looks stunning.

As Roy’s girlfriend, Jacqueline Fernandez steps in to up the glam factor, and she succeeds. Sanjay Mishra once again goes against the grain by playing a role that isn’t amusing, but the actor makes up for the writing’s shortcomings and the film’s ongoing issue of missing punchlines.

Final Words

“Cirkus” is a bustling movie with a cast of characters assembled with the intention of making us laugh, but it falls well short of that goal. Rohit Shetty has walked the tightrope of entertaining the audience with slapstick comedy and drama previously, but this time he appears to have fallen multiple times.


  • Hrithik Fernandez

    Hrithik Fernandez Here, I moved from Srilanka and now am a resident of United States. I am currently an editor and have been in the teaching field for many years. I love meeting new people and getting to know them on a personal level. My skills include data science and I am a hard worker.


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