Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se - External Reviews

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quick review:

Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se certainly evokes emotion. Even if it's only towards the end. By climax time if you don't want bad things to happen to the characters, however small their roles were, something has gone right somewhere. Only, I wish it got me involved right from the beginning. On the other hand, the closing credits themselves made the film for me, doubt they would have worked if I had not seen the story that was told before them. So yeah, mixed feelings because of the execution, and because it's a perfect history lesson. A must-know story with dull narration.



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52 reviewers have given Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

16 yays
27 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs up Best Of Bollywood ...Full marks to the authenticity; every nuance, body language, every tile and banner has a pragmatic bearing.... full review

Thumbs up ...Recreating the forgotten revolutionaries and giving them a face on-screen to let people know what has gone unnoticed, has been done precisely and efficaciously.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...what comes across on screen is very absorbing, truly informative and exceptionally inspiring. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...‘KHJJS’ is different, refreshing and thrilling. On would get to experience something real.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ... Any movie about the freedom struggle is guaranteed to warm your heart and arouse more stirring feelings than Lata Mangeshkars rendition of the National anthem ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...Deepika Padukone doesn’t have much to do but she is radiant, confident and a pleasure to watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...he is total different from all the patriotic leaders we have seen till date on Indian Screen. His body gestures, facial moments, the eyes expressions makes you respect him and his character.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...The lack of Bengali accent grates, but then one presumes he wanted to make the film accessible to more people... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...The first half establishes all the characters and has many light moments, while the second half sets the tempo for full action.... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...I personally feel that Ajay Devgan would have been more convincing as Surjya Sen.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies a time when scams and corrosive corruption permeates the very fabric of Indian governance, and when we seem to have forgotten what brought us this independence, it is the ultimate wake-up call.... full review

Thumbs up by Supriya Davda, Planet Bollywood ...Kudos to Sikander for pulling off a supporting actor role so brilliantly... full review

Thumbs up Review and views uncensored ...Like it or not, formally Khelein…does not work as a biopic of Surjya Sen. In the film adaptation the revolutionary strikes us an inert, largely emotionless, commandeering individual. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...Performance-wise, Bollywood divas, Deepika and Vishakha, create a blazing screen for their heroes.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Abishek's Bachchan's Surjya Sen is simple, uncluttered and played straight from the heart as are Deepika Padukone's Kalpana Dutta, Vishakha Singh's Pritilata Waddedar and Sikandar Kher's Nirmal Sen.... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...But overlook these minor misplacements and the film has enough bang for your buck... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...the director is handicapped by the need to stay loyal to the history... full review

So-So by Manu, Desi Martini ...Interesting but not effective enough... ... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Deepika is confident, and doesn’t have much to do, something you won’t really complain about.... full review

So-So by Pankaj Sabnani, ...Padukone as Kalpana Datta is decent but she doesn't get enough scope as it's basically Surjya Sen's story... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...I felt more charged and patriotic in the last 40 minutes of Lagaan than I did in this entire film.... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...efinitely not his best game so far. ... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now ...not as playful, lyrical and lush as "Lagaan".... full review

So-So by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...Besides that, there’s the characters trying to overdo the accent as far as names are concerned. Poor Padukone keeps shifting between “Pritilata” and “Pritilota”... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The courtroom scene with the judge talking in English and Abhishek replying in Hindi, translating the question in Hindi as well, is disappointing. ... full review

Thumbs down by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Abishek Bachchan performed credibly as the legendary historical character, although the storyline, in having a number of notable revolutionaries to focus on, tended to dilute the importance of his character, and hence an opportunity for him to shine... full review

Thumbs down by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood ...I loved this simple method of giving credit where credit is due... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...This opening stretch infuses the film’s title with a teasing ambiguity – of playing one’s heart out (in sport) as well as playing with one’s life (in revolt) – and that’s the closest we get to any kind of nuance. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...The most annoying part of the movie is the portrayal of all the British Officials, who quite shockingly act and look like characters of some school or university stage play.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Karmalkar, Bollywood Chaska ...fails to inspire and ignite that goes bumpy, lump-in-your-throat patriotic feel.... full review

Thumbs down by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town ...What’s sad is the fact that Manini Chatterjee’s prologue packs in more than Gowariker’s entire film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Harjeet, Desi Martini ...Editing bhi Karo..Jee Jaan Sey!!! ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav, Desi Martini ...Is Khel Ka anth nahi... ... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...with every film he is going down the hill.... full review

Thumbs down by Payal, Desi Martini ...Too long to leave an Impact!!!... full review

Thumbs down by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...All the revolutionaries, including the teenagers, do a commendable job, each of them believable and tough... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Gowariker blazes ahead with mammoth 3-hour long wannabe epics that barely come alive, despite the larger-than-life canvas and fervent background music.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...slightly better than a droning, boring old-style Films Division documentary... full review

Thumbs down by Vikram Phukan, Film Impressions ...scant attention paid towards characterization makes this a rather plodding affair that overstays its welcome by at least an hour... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, ...Abhishek Bachchan does not help Surjya at all. He keeps bringing on Guru-esque expressions, but cannot keep out being farcical. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Merely every block, bump and blip on the revolutionary road here is accurately detailed, right down to each officer and his designation flashed onscreen... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Deepika Padukone pours sincerity into her character ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express is a crime to take so much time and come up with characters so pallid : the lead pair specially, Surjya Sen and Kalpana Datta ( Bachchan and Padukone), are the most indeterminate, made up somewhat by the supporting cast, mainly Pritilata Wadedar ( Singh)... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...unmitigated disaster... full review

Thumbs down by Arun Janardhan, Live Mint ...It’s the support cast that salvages this project a little—the teenagers are earnest and convincing, contributing the few moments that make you feel for the characters... full review

Thumbs down by Raj Narayan, MSN Entertainment ...Seems like directorial ennui is making Gowariker seek glory in history, his own and that of the country!... full review

Thumbs down by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...Screwing up “What’s Your Rashi” is one thing. Taking one of the most inspiring stories of our freedom struggle and turning it into an abomination is something else.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The film's own soundtrack is an ineffective one, but by the time the end rolls around, Gowariker falls back on Vande Mataram and it unfailingly gets the job done.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ... The period setting is authentic, replete with vintage cars, weapons, structures, clothes, and homes. ... full review

Thumbs down by filmbear, Upper Stall ...There is nothing much to be said about performances as none are exceptional. But neither are they incompetent.... full review

Thumbs down by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...While it's commendable that Gowariker didn't fall into the familiar trapping of overdoing the understated romance between the lead characters, he fails to keep the viewer hooked. ... full review

Thumbs down by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Ashutosh, however manages to recreate the pre-independent India era well with the help of art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai. ... full review