Buddha In A Traffic Jam - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Ends up being what it wants us to wake up from – a drawing room conversation about the nation's problems.



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15 reviewers have given Buddha In A Traffic Jam an average rating of 1.5/5.0 (?)

1 yays
7 nays
7 so-so

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So-So by ADITI SANTHMAYER, BookmyShow ...Buddha in a Traffic Jam is a serious film that may appeal to a niche audience. If an entertaining light-hearted flick is what you are hoping for, then you may want to give this film a miss. But if you have a keen interest in politics and films that present the blunt truth in an uncompromising manner, you will absolutely love this movie. ... full review

So-So by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...BIATJ is an interesting film at the very least. The oft ignored threat of Naxals has been brought to light in a very public manner. It’s fault lies in the fact that it’s trying too hard, and for a movie that depends a great deal on its characters to push the story forward, this isn’t a flaw that can be swept under the rug easily. It’s characters and their motives aren’t really relatable, despite being mostly well acted. Give BIATJ a watch if you’re looking to try something new. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...But any and all good efforts in Buddha... are rendered pointless by the film's direction. It just doesn't have the resolve or dexterity to sway you with an argument or a stand. The supporting performances by the likes of Mahie Gill and Pallavi Joshi are listless. Even connoisseurs of art cinema will admit that after a point, Buddha just seems all up in the air. The only thing it can provoke in its viewer is ennui. Another one of those well intentioned movies that go absolutely nowhere. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pradeep Menon, FirstPost ...Nothing, though can redeem the film from its sheer lack of heft. We live in an age where loony fringe elements claim to be the true voice of the people of India. Vivek Agnihotri certainly doesn't seem to belong to that category. Yet, even his film claims to be a bold, different voice that represents the will of the people of India. Disappointingly though (quite like Agnihotri's debut film, Chocolate) this voice is just not different from that of the usual suspects. ... full review

Thumbs down by Troy Ribeiro, Free Press Journal ...Overall, with the students agitation happening all over the country, the film may appeal to the pseudo intellectuals but it does not create an impact at all as it is stuck in a jam of its own. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...This film has it’s fair share of high intensity and craft but the plank on which it is laid out appears to be too weak and fragile to hold strong under the weight of the myriad contradictions that spring forth here. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Knock off the middlemen, and the tribals will be a happy lot. But are the tribal people really our concern? These and many more questions will be left unanswered as you leave the theatre after watching this 'mentally stimulating fare'. BUDDHA CAUGHT IN A TRAFFIC JAM could be you... or me! ... full review

Thumbs down by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times ...Pandit is Agnihotri on screen, naturally; the film is “autobiographical”. They’re both utterly self-convinced. We are not. ... full review

So-So by Kirti Tiulsiani, IBN Live ...To sum up, a scene from the film summarises our feeling for the film; “We love ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’ but we aren’t in love with it”. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Buddha In A Traffic Jam is a propagandist film in the garb of a political satire. It preaches more than what it can practice. I am going with a 1.5/5 for this film. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Even though Arunoday can barely pass off as a young student in his early 20s, he is earnest and gives a decent performance. Kher yet again shows his brilliance as an actor as you want to believe him even when he is spouting the most unbelievable, silly lines in the film. Joshi reminds us of the naturally talented actress that she is, and one wishes to see more of her.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...However, if you are done with formula films, Buddha In A Traffic Jam will surely prove to be a welcome change. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...The issue with this film is not that it packs in too many issues. It's just that it has too many of its own. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Buddha... may well turn out to be a cult film, though not for reasons Agnihotri will like. Few films are this unaware of their own goofiness, and a lot of the absurdity is impossible to sit through with a straight face: The way Pallavi Joshi launches into the history of pottery when asked about her charitable organisation. ... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, Times of India ...Quoting from the film, the best thing that can be said about Buddha in a Traffic Jam is that we love the ideas Vivek brings forth but we are not in love with them. It lacks outrage and treads familiar ground. ... full review