Indu Sarkar - External Reviews

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Intertwining stories of Indu Sarkar, the protagonist and Indira's sarkar leave the movie neither here nor there.

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28 reviewers have given Indu Sarkar an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

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So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Kirti Kulhari is a major reason the film works to the extent it does. Her hushed performance is a tonal counterpoint to the filmmaking – even when the film is loud, she isn’t. She manages something miraculous – she almost transforms an archetype into a character.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...But really, who cares! I couldn’t take my eyes of Kriti. Yes she is THAT good. Indu Sarkar is not to be missed for Kirti’s superlative performance. And also because it serves as ravishing reminder of the mistakes from the past that threaten to impinge on the present. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ankita Chaurasia, Bollywood Hungama ...Indu Sarkar is an account of, what was touted in the film to be, India’s second freedom struggle. After a steady dose of pre-independence stories, it is indeed refreshing to see the struggles that plagued a recently free India. Madhur Bhandarkar is back to doing what he does best – sketch immensely powerful female characters. If you have a taste for political dramas, Indu Sarkar will surely engage you. But even if you are not a fan of the genre, you must watch it for Kirti’s stupendous performance, if nothing else. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, INDU SARKAR boasts of a captivating drama with post-interval portions packing a solid punch. At the box office, it’s success will depend on the word of mouth from the audiences. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Pande, BookmyShow ...Indu Sarkar is a complex film comprising of two parts – the foreground and the background. While the story of Indu is inspiring, watch it for the backdrop – times where basic choices are being made for the people, policies are being imposed on them, there is heavy censorship on press, and a general sense of despair among the population. Terrifying, no? ... full review

Thumbs up by Pallabi Dey Purkayastha, Deccan Chronicle ...If you are not a hyper-nationalist or an ardent fan of pressure groups, if you cannot tolerate apartheid in the name of politics, regardless of what your political beliefs are, this Madhur Bhandarkar scrapbook straight from the 1970s is for you. ... full review

Thumbs down by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini ...A subject like emergency shouldn’t get wasted with such a shallow portrayal of the chapter. Let’s hope someone else makes a better film out of it. This one went nowhere! ... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...A movie which could have probably become a worth watch movie has ended up being average probably because of the screenplay writer’s laziness post interval. ... full review

So-So by Vicky Washington, Desi Martini ...Overall, Indu Sarkar offers a good experience and makes its way into the “worth the money” category. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Indu Sarkar is no satire or subliminal piece on the history of Indian politics. It takes too many cinematic liberties, but thankfully its focus on the strong female lead lends it credibility and keeps the jingoism curbed. The performances are certainly its strength. Thankfully its rights outnumber its wrongs, making it an engaging watch for sure. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anna MM Vertticad, FirstPost ...However, better does not mean good. While Indu Sarkar’s narrative is more engaging than Bhandarkar’s recent works, it is still inadequate. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Kriti as the protagonist Indu and Tota Roy Chowdhury as her unscrupulous husband Navin Sarkar, strive hard to valiantly soldier most of the responsibility of keeping the stuttering, artless narrative above water but even they can’t save this sinking boat from the murky and sinister depths of obligatory rabble-rousing. ... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Considering it takes digs at the "party", it's very likely you'll enjoy this film if you find yourself on, um, the right side of the fence. But the fact is, Indu Sarkar isn't necessarily playing to the right. The soul of the film stands with anyone who takes their rights seriously. It's for people who, if Kishore Kumar gets banned on All India Radio, will sing Kishore Kumar's songs on the streets. These people could be Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, RSS workers, or even hippies. Whatever be his wrongs, Bhandarkar gets this one right by making it about rights. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...INDU SARKAR if done by a new comer would have been called as a better attempt but we expected some tight comment from Madhur who gave us CHANDINI BAR, PAGE 3, FASHION and the underrated SATTA. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...Two words: Skip this. And if at all you muster up the courage to watch Indu Sarkar, keep a mug of VERY strong coffee handy. You might doze off several times while the Emergency plays out in front of you.... full review

Thumbs up by Ahana Bhattacharya, koimoi ...A nicely narrated story of how common people’s lives were impacted during an emergency. I would recommend watching this one. ... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Kulhari’s portrayal of Indu is quite affecting; her character’s journey from shrinking housewife to anti-Emergency activist is schematic but believable. The only other performance of note – I wouldn’t go so far as to call it good – is Neil Nitin Mukesh’s Sanjay Gandhi impression. There are some nice touches from cinematographer Keiko Nakahara – a frenetic dash from a press conference, a walk-and-talk with Indu and resistance leader Nanaji (Anupam Kher).... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...What about Indu Sarkar? Oh forgot. She's a woman with a speech defect, and a terrible jallad of a mansplainer husband, who wouldn’t let her give shelter to orphans at home. The husband is also a low-level bureaucrat benefitting most from Emergency. Indu Sarkar simultaneously decides to conquer the stammer, the husband, and the state. No kidding. ... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...The film too is meaty especially when it gets into the details of the emergency. Though one does get a feeling that at places Madhur Bhandarkar has held himself a bit from going all the way in terms of exposing the depth of the emergency era, you are still excited enough to see some of the key chapters of the times gone by. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...That Bhandarkar excels in the single-minded 'reality bites' genre of cinema but has failed to impress ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, NDTV ...ndu Sarkar demonstrates that it doesn't matter who is in charge if the thinking is oppressive. It serves also as potent warning to those in power now and in the future, threatening their legacies.... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...Just creating a documentary of the evil that was emergency would have been a thousand times more powerful than this disappointing drama... full review

Thumbs down by Sreehari Nair, Rediff ...I found that disclaimer to be less of a mandatory insert and more an apology for the film's artlessness.... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...This film is yet another Madhur Bhandarkar chronicle of corruption in high places.... full review

Thumbs down Sify Movies ...The other actors who have their moments of onscreen glory are: Sheeba Chaddha who plays Mekhla, a distraught mother who gets into social service and later the Himmat India Sangathan, and the actors who play the politician Om Nath and police officers Misha and Sodhi. ... full review

So-So by Kennith Rosario, The Hindu ...If Bhandarkar, were to go by his formula of shocking people through exposés, this film does nothing more than portraying the anti-Emergency wave as a second freedom struggle for India.... full review

So-So by Nihit Bhave, Times of India ...However, Indu Sarkar is at its best when it focuses on its protagonist's emotional struggles and dilemmas, leaving the politics behind. Indu and Navin’s story by itself is far more palatable than the elaborate political schemes surrounding them. Kirti Kulhari shoulders the responsibility of the central role with a lot of earnestness and keeps you interested. Tota Roy Chowdhury makes for a good foil to Indu. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM ...With a few ineffective scenes and nothing meaningful to offer, Anupam Kher as the political fighter Nanaji is wasted. The other actors who have their moments of onscreen glory are: Sheeba Chaddha who plays Mekhla, a distraught mother who gets into social service and later the Himmat India Sangathan, and the actors who play the politician Om Nath and police officers Misha and Sodhi. ... full review