Aakrosh - External Reviews

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quick review:

Slick action, though the super-moves might be unwarranted for the genre. About a flaw in our society, but completely hidden in the midst of the action. All negatives are completely overshadowed by the brilliant portrayal of the futile and toothless system that prevails in some parts of the country.



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33 reviewers have given Aakrosh an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

14 yays
13 nays
6 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...It's the culture of silence that is most deafening, and for the first hour before the interval, Aakrosh is quite frustrating to sit through not because of its relatively slow pace, but how we see how helpless our heroes can be given their operating within red tape, and letting others rip them apart because processes rightfully bound them from hitting out.... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...While the depiction of brutality done in the name of caste is gory to the gut, the sudden slide into a romantic track between Devgan and the battered Bipasha Basu, or the Bharadwaj-inspired escapade into a raunchy item song “Issak Sa Meetha” that has Sameera Reddy heaving her bosom, isn’t exactly music to the ears.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Every little detail in the film is borrowed from the 1988 English film made on disappearance of three civil rights workers in the 60s America which was then fighting with its class problems between the black and whites.... full review

So-So by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...editing could have been sharper... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...There's no denying that Priyadarshan is a creative thinker with an amazing ability to handle comedy as well as intense drama. ... full review

So-So by JitadityaNarzary, Cinemaa Online ...far from perfect but still remains watchable because of its pace... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...The fear of the local goons is so deep rooted that villagers choose to live in seclusion and silence.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Everything is over-the-top, from the background score to the performances and the dialogues.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...The film with its sluggish pace and no nerve-stretching tension between the cops who belong to disparate worlds, remains at a superficial level, and dull as the dusty plains of the location. ... full review

Thumbs down by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...It’s too slow. Like CSI slow.... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...Sometimes you have to like a film just because its heart is in the right place, and because it dares to say something few have said before.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella , fullhyd.com ... it's not encouraging to see the CBI being shown as impotent... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...Akshaye Khanna is impressive. After DEEWANGEE, the chemistry between Ajay and Akshaye clicks even in AAKROSH.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, Hindustan Times ...Everyone talks in a poor imitation of some godforsaken accent.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...What's nicely done, however, are some of the chase scenes. Particularly a Jason Bourne-style elaborate chase sequence between Devgan and a suspect... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...You patiently wait for the film to touch the theme of honour killing but all that you get is an uninteresting investigation escapade. ... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Ajay Devgan acts wonderfully, speaking through his eyes, expressions and body language as much as with the aid of dialogue... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...1The only two redeeming factors of Aakrosh concern Devgn... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...The only sore thumb is the presence of Bipasha, who despite her deglamorised appearance, is still not able to pull it off as a small town girl subjected to constant abuse by her brutal husband.... full review

Thumbs up by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ...There are some nice moments like Devgn flippng coins to entice a village kid to reveal information, Khanna and Devgn fighting goons with chilli powder by wearing polythene bags on their heads, the cycle chase through the bushes.... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...tone is loud and inconsistent.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...One thing that surprises in the first half is the fact that Ajay Devgn plays a second fiddle to Akshaye Khanna.... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...igue heightened without dialogue... full review

Thumbs up by Preeti Arora, Rediff ...The action sequences, although important, could have been a little less exaggerated to retain the realistic air of the film, which is drastically damaged by Devgn making ridiculous jumps from rooftop to rooftop.... full review

Thumbs up by Vipul Tripathi, Reuters ...The Ku Klux Klan is transplanted in Bihar as the “Shool Sena” and the burning crosses are replaced by burning tridents.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored ...Okay, now even if you overlook the Hollywood inspiration, all you have are two CBI officers breaking into plenty of perspiration. Pursed Lips officer (Akshaye Khanna) has superseded his Bonfire Eyes senior (Ajay Devgn). Big deal. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Actually even more than the caste-issue, the film is about Ajay Devgn and his penetrating gaze, Akshaye Khanna with his city suave, and their triumph over the lawlessness of the land. ... full review

So-So by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Neha has been a student activist who wants to bring peace between the two warring communities – Indians and Aussies.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...as if filmmakers are capitalizing on the regression of rural India.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Amita Pathak, Reema Sen, Jaideep Ahlawat enact their respective characters in the film with panache. Others extend able support to the main cast of the flick.... full review

Thumbs up by Roy D'Silva, The Friday Freak ...Paresh Rawal, who acts the sleazy, lecherous, ultra corrupt and maybe impotent police officer to the hilt... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The film works primarily because it is paced like a high momentum thriller. Both the investigating officers, Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna, spend most of the screen time chasing leads, witnesses and crooks, albeit in different styles.... full review