Aashayein - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Aashayein gives John Abraham loads of scope to emote and he manages a bit here and a bit there. But looks like the actors, writer/director, Nagesh Kukunoor and thus the audience lose it as the movie slogs along to the end. The metaphors are thrown at your face and explained in excruciating detail. And yet you don't know why the director/writer did what they did.



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37 reviewers have given Aashayein an average rating of 1.4/5.0 (?)

7 yays
24 nays
6 so-so

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Thumbs down by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...Unfortunately, while Mukherjee kept things simple and drove home his message, Nagesh got caught in his own web of thoughts, resulting in no clarity in the end results.... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...Farida Jalal somewhat overplays her character... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Aashayein has plenty of solid laughs, a couple of terrific romantic moments (a marriage proposal with merely two lines of dialogue is a low-key charmer), a handful of rousing (and, yes, crowd-pleasing) eccentrics, truckloads of snappy dialogue, and a story that’s more than a little universal.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...AASHAYEIN breaks all these preset modes of the subject and takes you into a more bitter, hard hitting and truthful kind of arena... full review

So-So by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...Aashayein shouldn't be compared to Dor or Iqbal because it is a lot more sensitive.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the brighter side, the sequences between John and Anaitha Nair are wonderful. Ditto between John and Farida Jalal. ... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Mantra ...Salim-Sulaiman's music is soothing... full review

Thumbs down by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...If the first half, that I’ve summed up so far was a murder of two classics, the second half is Nagesh’s psychotic assault on the audience’s sensibility, patience and intelligence. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The problem is that Kukunoor tries to go down too many tracks and doesn't do justice to any... full review

Thumbs up by Aditi Chatterjee, Daily Latest News ...John surprises with his acting... full review

Thumbs down by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...the film moves painfully slowly, becoming more and more incomprehensible by the minute... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, Express India ...The film starts off very pragmatically but turns towards fantasy midways and appears corny at many instances... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...It's difficult to like this man, and that immediately distances the viewer from his suffering... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Film Impressions ...Aashaayein is a convoluted story which gets so painful, you wish someone from The Expendables running on the screen next door would come in and shoot all the characters in this one... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Venkatraghavan , Filmfare ...The tragedy of Aashayein is not in the story sadly, but in the telling of it. ... full review

So-So filmi cafe ...Problems crop up with the Indiana Jones fantasy element being dedicated a good lot amount of time which doesn’t add much... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...you can get people like Girish Karnad to mouth whatever you consider philosophy, and you can take the help of abstract symbolism; but unless you're a Hrishikesh Mukherjee, you have to work hard... full review

Thumbs down by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...It's an excruciating watch and keeps getting from bad to worse as the clock ticks. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...The whole living life king-size attitude is captured in a sugary way and thus makes it interesting view.... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...So many terrible things happen to the people in 'Aashayein' that when the last awful scene comes - something so resounding and meaningful that it instantly, horribly cheapens the rest of the movie - you get almost numb to it... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Dialogues (Kukunoor) are okay... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...Nagesh manages to tell a tender and moving story. Yes, it's about cancer and no, it isn't morbid... full review

Thumbs down Mixed Bag ...Characters like Partha (Girish Karnad) added nothing to the movie except redundancies. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...The film's music has been composed by Salim Sulaiman and has some very melodious and catchy numbers... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, NDTV ...Scenes after another, whether long lessons on karma or carpe diem, make for a bunch of similarly banal misses between outcome and intent.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...While the emotional resonance of this tragic situation is easy to comprehend and respond to, the film does not ever jump out at you in a desperate attempt to tug at your heartstring... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...Even in the most poignant places in the art Kukunoor ferrets out some humour.... full review

So-So by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...The camerawork actually has no relation to the rest of film... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...or a film that is supposed to tug at your heartstrings, this one barely manages to touch them and except for a few moments, hardly any of the characters or their stories make an impact on you.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Then the dialogue turns bizarre, but that’s only in keeping with the proceedings on screen.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Anaitha Nair of 'Chak De India' and 'Well Done Abba' plays brilliant despite being relatively new in the industry, by her warm relationship with John.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...There is nothing rapturous about the film; nothing to evoke joy or hope in the viewer... full review

Thumbs down by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The audience will be surprised to watch this John Abraham, who is purely identified with the cancer- stricken character of Rahul and entirely different from that muscled- bollywood hunk which we all know... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Talking Popcorns ...John looks too healthy to be fatally ill. He gains confidence as a performer as he moves through the film but some initial scenes,... full review

Thumbs down by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph ...Yes, the ones Rahul will play Patch Adams to. His partner in philanthropy, the Amelie of the film, is another cancer patient — the 17-year-old Padma (Anaitha Nair).... full review

Thumbs down by Nishant Mehta, The Tossed Salad ...But the man to watch out for is John Abraham. The director has been successful in scripting a new character for the hunk and he stands up to the expectations, barring few scenes.... full review

Thumbs down by flyingrodent, Upper Stall ... somewhere along the way has also let go of that emotional connect which he had with his audience coupled with his choice of subject, ... full review