Aiyyaa - External Reviews

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Where weird goes terribly wrong and comes across as a desperate attempt to become quirky funny.

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43 reviewers have given Aiyyaa an average rating of 1.5/5.0 (?)

8 yays
25 nays
10 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...That this film gives women the right to fantasise is in itself an uncommon turn of events considering the general Indian penchant to view human females as hormone-less creatures who men lust after but who never do any lusting themselves. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pankit Narang, Apun Ka Choice ...does not ‘smell’ good!... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Throughout Aiyyaa, we are left turning between a lovably loud Hindi film and a more dreamlike French romance that might have featured Audrey Tautou – and the effect is whiplash.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...few enjoyable tracks of Amit Trivedi and a passionate performance of Rani Mukherjee are the only two merits in AIYYAA.... full review

Thumbs down by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...While the story seems apt for a short film, Sachin’s two and a half hour saga is painstakingly long, boring and irritating. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Although the plot is innovative, but skeletal, what keeps the film going is Sachin Kundalkar's ability to stumble upon humor in the most ordinary situations. ... full review

So-So by Rachana Parekh, Bollywood Life ...While Anurag Kashyap’s production entertains you till the end credit roll, the sluggish, tiresome and far-fetched screenplay mars the novelty of the bizarre comedy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...Coming from a National-award winning director such as Sachin Kundalkar, one had expected a better told story... full review

So-So by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...what else can you expect from a film whose title Aiyyaa itself is an explanation translating into OMIGAWD!... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ... The focus is on Rani Mukherji, of whom the best thing which can be said, that she does not go over the top... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...Those used to viewing wonky diploma films and experimental shorts at various short film competitions would be familiar with a film like this. They usually sound funnier in narration than they look on screen, and ought to go straight to YouTube. ... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Our Alice in Blunderland... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...onetheless it deserves a watch and applause for the sheer originality and guts to experiment instead of going with the herd.... full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ...Rani goes all out to please the audience. She does a ‘lavani’, a belly dance, a Silk Smitha type number and a bit of Bharat Natyam and puts her heart into each of these songs. However, the story and Director let her down. ... full review

Thumbs up by L Romal M Singh, DNA ...What doesn’t work for the film is the terrible Tamil. Sachin Kundalkar should have realised that almost every single person in this country knows what Tamil sounds like and so when Kishori Ballal (who plays Surya’s mother) speaks a garbled tongue sounding neither here nor there, you’re left wondering if they take themselves seriously. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...A SNIFFING BORE!... full review

Thumbs up by Raghuvendra Singh, Filmfare ...Aiyyaa’s strength lies in its dramatic segments driven by the characters. Again, Kundalkar deserves praise for the fact that he does not try to make his characters real.... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...But this idea, that could have provided fun and frisson in equal measure, is killed by tedious, repetitive execution... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...With Aiyyaa, quite safely the first of its kind in the Hindi film industry, the dynamic Bengali actor takes the meaning of heroine-centric films to a whole new level. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...But the hitch lies in the manner in which AIYYAA tries to do too many things and in the bargain losing its focus of the simple theme.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Dum hai total dum hain in first half and in terms of light and bit absurd brand of entertainment. But due to some of its loud characters, over-the-top performances by others and a weak climax, the movie ends up as an average to above average flick.... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Clearly wackiness can't carry a film.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Rani Mukherjee owns the part with a tremendous, uninhibited performance, switching superbly between the film's exaggerated and understated moments. ... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...The real obstacle in enjoying the film however lies in its very superficial story-telling. Characters remain strictly bound by the need to entertain and the quirk never leaves a gap for us to see what, if anything at all is really behind these men and women... full review

Thumbs down by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...The film could have made for a great watch too if Kundalkar was more imaginative with the plot. Instead age-old tripe takes over, about a girl silently pining for the man of her dreams even as her middle-class family has fixed her marriage.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubra Gupta, indian express ...But Sachin Kundalkar’s whose Marathi ‘Gandha’ did this infinitely better, doesn’t manage the reprise, and what we get is a flat, heavy-footed clomp through screechy lines and overstated, dragged-out situations. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Beyond the sensuously shot dreamy item songs, there isn't any palpable chemistry between the lead couple.... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...Aiyyaa is strictly for Rani Mukherji fans who have missed her on the big screen. ... full review

So-So by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Watch Aiyyaa for a quirkily different film with very good performances but be warned that it drags.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Aiyyaa is triumphant because its originality matches the director’s assured film-making. Kundalkar is a director with a confident, uninhibited stamp. ... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...This Aiyyaa is like a prolonged Axe Effect ad!... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...Fans of Rani Mukerji might enjoy the film, but if you are going with high expectations after watching the trailer (which seemed to promise more than what was delivered), you might be sorely disappointed.... full review

Thumbs down by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ... this mixture of misal pavsamam and idli dosappam is unhappily aviodasm.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Kundalkar gets enough of the madcap tropes right to ensure that his film stays on course for the most part. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Although the concept on papers or as a short capsule sounds interesting, the problem comes about when Sachin stretches it to massive proportions. T... full review

Thumbs down by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff ...'Yeh sab kya ho raha hai (what on earth is going on here)?,' wonders Rani Mukerji's character Meenaxi Deshpande in Aiyyaa as the film nears its climax. How on earth could she read my mind? I wonder aloud.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...undalkar makes a bizarre mash-up of several genres and ends up with a film that doesn’t do justice to any.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The cinematography captures the dream-like texture of the film expertly, and dexterous editing and sound design are equally masterful. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...She demonstrates her well established star status in that she waited for the right script. Don't miss 'Aiyyaa' to delightfully enjoy a good rom-com and to watch Rani jumping and dancing. ... full review

So-So Star Blockbuster ...Over-the-top... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ... But for these minor pluses, there's nothing in this film seems done by professionals.... full review

Thumbs down by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...Kinky Kanda-pohey topped with sexy sambar-chutney? Of course, this can't beat the madness of the dramatic Deshpandes. ... full review

Thumbs down by Resham Sangar, ZEENEWS.COM ...While Rani is ‘overused’, south film star Prithviraj Sukumaran is underused. Making his Bollywood debut in ‘Aiyyaa’, the actor has barely two lines to speak in the movie’s first half.... full review