John Day does a few things right. It stars the venerable Naseeruddin Shah in his best performance since Sona Spa. It is a straight up revenge thriller without any songs to interrupt the flow. It’s shot in some locations that have seldom, if not never been used in Bollywood thrillers. Some of the dialogues are good. We’ve now reached the end of the rosy section of this review.
What really destroys the film is that even in the final hour it never feels like anything is at stake. The climactic scene falls completely limp because the story never makes you care about anything that’s going on.
Incomplete, boring and confusing comes easily to the mind when describing the film. All in all, a bland thriller. One can't help but think that Naseeruddin's character John Day is similar to the role he played in 'A Wednesday'. While in 'A Wednesday' he played the common man taking a stand against the system and correcting a few wrongs, in 'John Day' he plays a man who has his own reasons to do what he does.
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