Black and White - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

A compilation of absolutely boring lectures delivered by largely dull characters. A half-decent plot ain't good enough to make a gripping movie.



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25 reviewers have given Black and White an average rating of 2.1/5.0 (?)

6 yays
10 nays
9 so-so

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So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...Black And White’ could easily have fallen into the trap of being a preachy film.... full review

Thumbs up B4U TV ...While the cinematography is wonderful so is the soulful music by Sukhwinder Singh... full review

Thumbs down by Jaspreet Pandohar, BBC ...A MOCKERY OF AN IMPORTANT MATTER... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Black & White is itself all black and white – an all-upper-case, yellow-highlighted, 48-point-size plea for communal harmony with zero subtlety, zero shades of grey... full review

Thumbs down by Aaina Sharma, Bollywood Mantra ...There are several unwanted diversions like the romantic track which does not fit well into the film... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema ...Despite umpteen temptations to theorize, sermonise and take sides the film masterfully resists all of them... full review

So-So by Preeti Arora, Buzz18 ...Full credit to Ghai and his courageous attempt at experimenting with a new genre and drastically changing his style of direction!... full review

Thumbs down by Smriti Mudgal, DearCinema ...You want to shoot yourself for not believing the critics who warned you enough to not watch the movie... full review

So-So by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald ...What peps up the show is vintage wine Anil Kapoor with a performance only actors of his breed can pull off.... full review

So-So by Martin D'souza, ...Anurag Sinha is coldness personified; he emotes well with his eyes and body language... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...If you're impressed by this zoom-in on a suicide bomber (Anurag Sinha), it's because it touches upon that rarely-discussed aspect of fanaticism... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Directorially, Ghai rises beyond the script and has canned a number of sequences well.... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, IndiaFM ...A word about debutant Anurag Sinha: too linear a performance to impress.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ... A kind of monotony sets in with the one-dimensional approach of the story and repetitive shots of Dilli gully, metro trains, Numair’s black pathani attire and the professor’s super safed poshak (perhaps the director’s way of symbolizing the Black and White characters).... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Mumbai Mirror ...He hasn't much of a revealing story to tell or full-bodied characters to engage with, nor a control over craft to weave either into a coherent film; never mind a powerful one... full review

Thumbs down ...The biggest culprit in the movie was its deja vu predictable script.... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now ...And what was the need to make Anil-Shefali's little daughter mute? Maybe Ghai wanted us to take the Black part of his film's title seriously.... full review

Thumbs down by Jahan Bakshi, Now ...If 'Kisna' and 'Yaadein' weren't proof enough, Subhash Ghai's latest film puts it literally in 'Black & White'- the man is clearly past his prime.... full review

Thumbs down by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ...A clichéd, if I may use the word, pathetic characterization, a terrible screenplay ...and a dragging treatment to the movie take all the focus off of the good intentions that the movie had.... full review

So-So by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Milind Gunaji is good... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The ever-excellent Anil Kapoor gets to sink his teeth into a fine role and delivers a strong performance, with more than his share of emotionally high-strung moments.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...While the film attempts to glimpse into the thinking of a suicide bomber, it also goes onto a parallel track of patriotism.... full review

Thumbs down Upper Stall ...Anil Kapoor tries hard to rise above constraints beyond his control, but a sketchy screenplay lets him down repeatedly.... full review

Thumbs down Urge to Fly ...While it is a little embarrassing to re-discover that I used to write in such a clichéd and blatantly sermonizing manner, it helps me be a little more charitable towards the film... full review