Filmistaan - External Reviews

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

The first half of Filmistaan makes you want to recommend it to everyone around. The second half, though not boring, becomes cliché-ridden.



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29 reviewers have given Filmistaan an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)

22 yays
1 nays
6 so-so

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Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Not all bits are worked out well. There’s a stretch about porn-loving border patrol cops that looks shoehorned in, and the scene where Sunny “steals” an automatic and entertains kids by doing impressions of gun-toting stars is tonally off. But this is followed by a gem of a scene between Sunny and a healer. They talk about Amritsar and little lanes that no one remembers any longer, and then they talk about cinema. We sometimes dismiss our films as stupid, but it’s impossible not to be moved when this healer reveals what Indian cinema means to him. That’s where the title comes from, I suppose. There’s Hindustan and there’s Pakistan – but it’s all really only Filmistaan.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Summing up, such small but innovative, experimental projects need to be encouraged by the Industry people itself as the viewers are indeed ready for them in this new age of cinema undoubtedly. So do watch FILMISTAAN as a must if you love these kind of unexpected surprises made on interesting subjects in a limited budget, with no star attractions at all………….but also keep your expectations level in control in order to enjoy it more.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...FILMISTAAN walks the tightrope between offbeat and commercial with gusto. This is a massively entertaining film. A film that shouldn't be missed at all. Watch it. Now. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, Bollywood Life ...If you are a Bollywood fan, you cannot miss this one.... full review

Thumbs up by Inspector VIjay, Desi Martini ... Lots of soul & a brilliant performances.. ... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...It’s seldom that we make introspective films laced with dark humour. It’s great to find such superlative effort from first time filmmaker. We need to invest in such cinema as it’s important that young filmmakers shouldn't lose faith in their vision. Go watch the film to understand the futility of Partition and to laugh at our obsession with cinema. And yes, to support good filmmaking as well...... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Unsurprisingly (for your reviewer at least) the movie ends with Cage’s baptism by water and a happy resurrection that points to an enduring relationship with Rita. All in all then, Doug (”The Bourne Identity”) Liman’s skilled helming, a talented cast and terrific special effects, make for enjoyable summer viewing.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...Nitin Kakkar's obvious love for the mother of the nation, Cine Maa, is clearly visible in Filmistaan. Watch it for several reasons, the most important being that good cinema (read: festival favourite) need not necessarily be yawn-inducing. The movie is one that you will not forget easily, and it is high time that such rare and near-flawless stories are told on the big screen.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Filmistaan truly touched the Bollywood fan in me. Don’t be put off by the name or the lack of stars. This is a lovely little film that will sneak into your heart. ... full review

Thumbs up by Faheem Ruhani, india today ...The film does not delve on the old wounds of partition nor does it perceptibly offer a solution to the animosity that has come into the political relations of the two countries. What it does guarantee to do is that it keeps you entertained and Filmistan does a far superior job of it than any other recent film on Indo-Pak relations. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Khilnani, india today ...For a crash course on Bollywood's legendary dialogues, I suggest you go and watch Filmistaan! ... full review

Thumbs up by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today ...The film has a perfect balance of humour, seriousness and emotions. The film beautifully defines the relationship between India and Pakistan and forces us to re-think about the baselessness of our sour bi-lateral relations. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan is a crackling movie to the core that doesn’t give you one dull moment in its lambent tapestry. Sharib Hashmi is precocious for a debutant and along with Innam’s adept performance, the duo deliver a effulgent film. I, for one, didn’t get enough of the film and can’t wait to pay the price and watch it again.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-saha, MiD DAY ...A story with great potential, it could have been better. But watch it anyway because its simplicity is beautiful. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well, this movie has all the dum you need for a path breaking cinema, as it connects every filmi bone of yours like it did in my case and shows you the beautiful world of film lovers. 'Filmistaan' adds to the list of must watch films from our country and ends up being a mandatory watch for everyone who love Hindi films. It's a beautiful ode to cinema and narrates a love saga between cinema and its lovers.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, NDTV ...This quirky charmer from first-time director Nitin is fresh in vision and enchanting in execution. The only happy outcome of the cross-border divide is a heartwarming film such as this. As we often say about the Wagah border, this you gotta see.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...Finally making it to the release two years after it received the National Award for Best Film in Hindi, Filmistaan is also a step ahead for the film industry. Of course it would have of been better had it managed to make it to the theaters in time to celebrate the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema. But it's never too late for the good! Jai cine-maa ki! Filmistaan is a movie recommended for one and all!... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Do not miss this National Award-winning tragicomedy. Such cinematic gems, both entertaining and poignant, come by rarely! ... full review

Thumbs up by Somdatta Sen, Star Blockbuster ... If you stand arms wide stretched like Shah Rukh Khan, if you have seen Maine Pyar Kiya 100 times and if you find yourself at a movie theater every Friday, head to Filmistaan. - See more at: full review

Thumbs up The Hindu ... Small film with a huge heart (and unrealised potential) that deserves to be watched for some lovely moments ... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...In a nation of star-worshippers, this film devoid of superstars brilliantly stands out. Aaj khush toh bahut hain hum! Ab bas, tareef pe tareef .... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, ZEENEWS.COM ...This quirky charmer from first-time director Kakkar is fresh in vision and enchanting in execution. The only happy outcome of the cross-border divide is a heartwarming film such as this. As we often say about the Wagah border, this you gotta see.... full review

So-So Daily Bhaskar ...Why watch the film? Filmistaan is an out-of-the-league film that comes as a breath of fresh air. Watch this film if you are an enthusiast of unique cinema. Also watch it because after struggling for two years and remaining in the unknown, this national award winner has made it to movie theatres. The best part about Filmistaan is that it celebrates our love for Indian cinema. Why not watch the film? Like all Bollywood films which require one to keep aside logic, Filmistaan also urges one to do so. It walks the line of being slightly unrealistic.... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Sharib Hashmi’s Sunny Arora is not the film’s hero. Nor is Inaamulhaq’s Aftaab. In fact, no one is. The film’s idea is the hero. That’s why each character gets the space (it’s an all male cast) the script demands, and all are efficient. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Filmistaan' works best as a movie about the magic of movies. It's a celebration of India's song-and-dance film culture and heightened emotions... one that unites fans in their shared love for this unique art-form. For its sheer inventiveness and for some terrific comic moments, this film is worth a watch. ... full review

So-So by Suhani Singh, india today ...But Filmistaan depends far too much on its hero to control the proceedings. The climax drags as one awaits Sunny's fate. As a film recognising the influence of cinema, Filmistaan is engaging, but not as a kidnapping thriller. ... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Now if only the film was a lot more humorous with lesser dose of drama and action, it would have been an even more engaging entertainer. ... full review

So-So by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror ...It is still worth a watch, at least for a genuinely unique protagonist that almost overshadows a botched-up final act. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It is a universally acknowledged fact that Bollywood’s soft power conquers all, and that Pakistan is as much a fan of our films as any other Shah Rukh-Salman smitten country. And the bumbling duo of Sunny-and-Aftaab could have waved the flag that so many of us secretly wish for. There are a few enjoyable moments in ‘Filmistaan’, but the potential is never fully realized.... full review