Inkaar - External Reviews

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

Inkaar has great, rusty-yet-chic atmosphere and good performances. But, the story cheats on itself in the last half hour.

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41 reviewers have given Inkaar an average rating of 1.6/5.0 (?)

8 yays
22 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha (IANS), Apun Ka Choice ...Arjun, in fact, grows better with each film, so much so that nowadays a film featuring him is an assurance of innovative aesthetics. Here, he sinks into the part of the part-mentor part-tormentor with impassioned familiarity.... full review

Thumbs up by Prathmesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life ...Mishra takes you back and forth as he narrates a beautifully layered story with clinical precision and incredible tautness.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ... Chitragandha Singh walks shoulder to shoulder with him but her performance doesn’t convey the different emotions the character is going through .... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Visually Appealing And Thought Provoking Fare ... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...The concept was unusual and something different, whereas the screenplay was equally impressive.... full review

Thumbs up by K N GUpta, SmasHits.com ...Sudhir Mishra's well-crafted story and direction deserve applaud... full review

Thumbs up by Rumanna Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Chitrangda looks and acts sharp, it’s a pleasure to watch Vipin Sharma, Deepti Naval and Kanwaljeet on the big screen after quite a while... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM ...Shantanu Moitra’s music has that marvellous uncanny tendency to linger on in the memory, long after one is done with watching the film. ... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...INKAAR is a tough film to make and one must compliment Sudhir Mishra for sticking his neck out. ... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Toss a coin. Heads you go for 'Inkaar.' Tails, watch TV.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Dipti Naval is brilliant in her small but important role.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...It’s an intriguing premise and Mishra sets it up well.... full review

So-So by Swati Deogire, In.com ...Make watching it your weekend's Plan B.... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Impressively, the script tries setting up the drama without going over the top. The subject of sexual harassment can easily reel under melodrama. Inkaar mostly manages to keep every plot twist within the frame of realism.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Thankfully, despite a contentious theme, Sudhir Mishra smartly steers away from melodrama throughout. The showdown between Rahul and Maya when they are at loggerheads is as much real as the intimacy between them when they are in love.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chaterjee, NDTV ...The film leaves the audience wondering until moments before the climax. And then what happens is a complete letdown.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Music by Shantanu Moitra is very creatively composed and is completely in sync with the film. ... full review

So-So by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...His characters are not cardboard cut-outs; they react to ground realities and not according to popular taste.... full review

So-So by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...You know those cakes that look gorgeous in pictures but collapse when they bake? Inkaar is like that... full review

Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...No thank you, Sudhir Mishra! Seriously, no thank you!... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Part of the problem may be the fairly one-note performances by the leads, who remain aloof throughout....And the men aren’t as well-drawn as the women.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...at times its really hard to believe that its a Sudhir Mishra film when you are shown a melodramatic father teaching his kid in the flashback, a mother whispering a strange suggestion in her daughter’s ears, Saurabh Shukla playing a weird singer in a song and a track with lyrics “Maula Tu Maalik Hai, Allah Tu Maalik Hai” running in the background of an intense bed-room scene? ... full review

Thumbs down by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...It didn’t help that both Arjun and Chitrangadha were such boring performers that it was a relief whenever the focus shiftedto the side characters. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Workplace harassment and discrimination against women—both professional and social— are serious issues and needed a better thought out film, than a crude Madhur Bhandarkar story with intellectual pretensions. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...In these staunchly restrictive roles, it helps that Rampal and Chitrangada share a genuinely strong equation which makes us worry about both of them. ... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Chitrangada Singh, on the other hand, continues to display her lack of acting talent, one that seemed promising at one point but which has gotten progressively worse.... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...What works is the chemistry between Arjun Rampal and Chitrangda Singh. Not just their individual performances but their love-hate relationship drives the drama of Inkaar... full review

Thumbs down by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...So should this be something you watch this week? Only if you’ve caught everything else at the theatre.... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...But once you see the film you realise it’s all pre-release tripe that media-mongers bought into just a little too easily for comfort. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...Nothing can equal the soundtrack of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, but Shantanu Moitra does a decent job. Papon's bass voice will wake you up just when you lose interest. The placement of the songs is a little erratic, though.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It isn't enough that the lens caresses Chitrangada's lips or lingers over Arjun's bespectacled eyes, but we're even treated to jarring close-ups of lesser attractive actors' faces and flaring nostrils. ... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...While the film’s attempt at carving out an engaging narrative are interesting, its pulse of its characters, story or the subject itself is way off the mark. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubra Gupta, indian express ...‘Inkaar could have been truly radical. But it becomes a film that prefers to cop out, rather than deliver on the promise it held out so bravely in its initial passages. ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Deepti Naval makes an honest effort, but she looks so lost and confused that’s it’s a wonder that she’s called out to help a sexually harassed official.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ... A lot is said, not shown, and two different points of view of the same incidents are narrated. It’s a boring and uninspired structure, where every point of view has a literal rendering... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Deepti Naval is completely wasted while the rest are just stock characters.... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The upshot is a climax so moronic, it's easily one of the worst I've seen in recent times. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Arjun Rampal drawls, grins lopsidedly and plays the charming, worldly-wise CEO to the hilt.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The very talky film will disappoint those who, led by the promos, came to the film looking for titillation. On the other hand, those looking for an arresting drama that seriously explores sexual harassment will also be unhappy.... full review

Thumbs down by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...From too many clichés to too few cinematic moments....... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Different interpretations of what really happened, exploring how relative truth can be depending on how it is seen don't quite come off - for that stick to Kurosawa's masterpiece Rashomon... full review