Ghayal Once Again - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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A racy first half gives way to mundane not-so common man vs. system.

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28 reviewers have given Ghayal Once Again an average rating of 1.9/5.0 (?)

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12 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...The name of Ajay’s newspaper in this film is no doubt a bow to Dharmendra’s 1969 film Satyakam in which Deol Senior played an idealist struggling against a corrupt world. That classic deserved a better-thought-out tribute than this one. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...And how is Sunny Deol in one of his signature roles? In one scene, he screams so hard his face turns red – it’s as if someone turned on an infra-red lamp. But that’s lung power, not performance. Looking at him, we see why Ghayal feels dated while the Bachchan vigilante movies still have the power to surprise us. After a while, it’s not the action – it’s the acting. Deol just cannot play emotional scenes convincingly. But at least he looks as if he can move mountains with a single hand, and that’s really what this film needs. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole GHAYAL ONCE AGAIN comes across as a shoddy and outdated attempt of the classic remake. Fans of Sunny Deol might patronize the movie; however the aam junta might not take a liking to it. As a result the movie will have a tough time at the box office. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tania Rana, BookmyShow ...If you’re an Ajay Mehra fan and loved Ghayal, you need to catch the sequel. Sunny’s power-packed performance and the intriguing storyline make Ghayal Once Again an entertaining watch. Go ahead, book your seats! ... full review

So-So by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle ...As for the film, being a remake of 90’s blockbuster Ghayal, the story line does bring in some relevance from the old plot. This makes the situations in which Ajay Mehra has been operating appear more realistic. Baring few shots, which appear like a work of an amateur, the VFX could have been better. ... full review

Thumbs down by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - An OTT melodrama that makes even car chases look boring after a point. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sidhant Shori , Desi Martini ...Verdict - Good actions and a decent villain but pretty much nothing else worth your time. ... full review

So-So by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...Verdict - “Ghayal Once Again” features some surprisingly effective action scenes, but little else. ... full review

Thumbs down by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Boring. ... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Despite its flaws, this dhai kilo ka haath is worthy of a watch. Because they don't make heroes like Ajay Mehra anymore.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...If you’ve seen your fill of action films over the years you’ll really be able to appreciate what Ghayal Once Again serves up in its two-hour runtime. The dramatic bits are inconsistent but even so, the film manages to impress. It’s shot nicely, it’s fast and it takes the right kind of approach to building on the legend of Sunny Deol and Ghayal. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Most of the supporting cast is just forgettable and so are the dialogues and characterizations. It’s the writing and the direction that is a let down. For someone who promised ‘never again’ after his disastrous debut as director, this comes as a curious turn. Even if he was disillusioned by his favorite directors and it made better economic sense while in production to shoulder all the key responsibilities himself in order to cut costs, this doesn’t appear to be a wise comeback as director. A fresh young and able director might have done wonders with the treatment –enough to give it a fresh new look. With Sunny, it’s just standard oft-repeated, antiquated and outdated rigueur, and that’s just not likely to be appealing in this day and age. ... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Ghayal Once Again is intriguing and exciting from a filmmaking perspective, and may be good enough entertainment if you don't expect much. However, if you want a high dosage of good old aggressive Sunny Deol, perhaps you should just watch Ghayal once again. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The kids Anushka (Aanchal Munjal), Rohan (Shivam Patil), Zoya (Daina Khan) and Varun (Rishabh Arora) all put in a decent performance but the boy who hits the high notes with his performance is the one who plays Bansal's son. Soha Ali Khan has a confused role. One does not know whether she is just a doctor to Ajay or if there is more to their relationship. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...For a movie whose sole sales pitch is ‘ghayal’ man himself, there’s no point in chaffing out logic here. And there is no one to stop him; Deol is also the director. ... full review

Thumbs down by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...Ghayal Returns isn't unwatchable – far from it. But it’s old-fashioned and evokes a distinct sense of déjà vu. I’m going with two out of five. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Often the film flaunts the earnestness on its cause and then progresses to become ridiculous such as when Bansal announces that the death of his son will lead to a stock market crash and investors committing suicide. Ok then. At best, Ghayal 2.0 seems like Deol, 58, reliving his glorious past as the last ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Watch or Not?: If you are a big fan of Ghayal then let me warn you this is no where close to it. Unless you have nothing to do this weekend, watching Ghayal Once Again could be an option. ... full review

Thumbs up by shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Only wish the climax was not so long-winded. Watch this one, even if you are not a Sunny Deol fan. The action sequences are worth your ticket money.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...However, if you are a die-hard Sunny Deol fan, Ghayal Once Again will definitely make your weekend. ... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...On an overall basis ‘Ghayal Once Again’ had full potential to be somewhere close to its predecessor but, due to the half-baked script and bland finale ends up being a bit letdown for all diehard fans of Sunny Deol and ‘Ghayal’. The wounds and pain of Ajay Mehra (Sunny’s character) are still felt from ‘Ghayal’ but out here the painless wounds dries off as soon as possible leaving just a scar to remember. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...But obviously, she does not have the power to extend any such favours to the audience. So watch Ghayal Once Again at your own risk and only if you can withstand the relentless onslaught it unleashes. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Fortunately, Ghayal Once Again wraps in about two hours and does away with all that was wrong in the first one -- songs, comedy -- to focus on elaborate chase sequences involving the kids in a mall conspicuous by unconcerned shoppers and invisible security or a reliably invincible Deol and a Frank Martin clone over a LaCie hard drive. Nice bit of detailing there. Only the rugged, shockproof model could survive the ensuing destruction and daredevilry. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...And so while Sunny Deol makes for a fairly powerful performer, his filmmaking style is sincere, but keen to stick to the old-school, and rough around the edges. The film is earnest and has a few genuine, emotional moments, but is defeated by an outmoded viewpoint and look. It had the potential to be so much more. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: Ghayal Once Again is well narrated predictable story with lots of twists and turns which will be enjoyed both by the single theatre as well as the multiplex audiences.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Ghayal Once Again is very old fashioned, rough hewn and klunky. Everything, right from acting to action, is high strung. But it remains curiously engaging till the end.... full review

So-So by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...Despite the flaws, Sunny's idealistic film exudes the sincerity and unbreakable spirit of a common man. If you mess with us, "We will find you and we will punch you." Watch it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall ...But the film is not effective or engaging, because it is too tacky. There are scenes where it looks like the it didn’t make it through post-production at all. Dubbing is off on a number of occasions, and the repeated ariel shots of Raj Bansal’s house become embarrassingly fake, especially in the climax. Some of the plot points written in to make the story creditable are amateurish, and there is generally a sense that this is not a film made by professionals. ... full review