Kya Dilli Kya Lahore - External Reviews

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A neat little film with large intentions. Give it a go for a rare, decent war film.



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27 reviewers have given Kya Dilli Kya Lahore an average rating of 3.1/5.0 (?)

12 yays
5 nays
10 so-so

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So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Anyway those forgettable times are now history and the borders are still there, consolidating our mutual existence as two neighboring countries only……………….and that's what makes a blessed poet write, ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE is a one-time watch mainly for its offbeat storyline. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tanaya Ramyani, BookmyShow ...Sprinkled with Gulzaar’s beautiful poetry, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore presents a story of nationalism and pride. There is no blood and gore or over-dramatic flashbacks. It is a simple story of human emotion. Underlined with dark humor and somewhat melancholic characters, Vijay Raaz’s directorial debut will definitely touch the chord of your heart.... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...This lilt, this delicate thread of past wrapped in a blank verse is very Gulzar-esque. He opens the film reciting a poem about lakerein (lines, borders). It sets the tone of the film and Raaz’s direction keeps it in that zone. ... full review

Thumbs up by aneela.zeb.b, Desi Martini ...Well when the big bucks of Ponty Chadha and Gulzar's poetry get together, we are in for a treat. ... full review

So-So by SOMESH SINHA, Desi Martini ...Give this one a shot for the honest attempt if you are a connoisseur of meaningful cinema! ... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, DNA ... With a better script and a better storyline the film would have been able to make a better impression.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Raaz’s and Rishi’s performances are fantastic. And Raaz’s direction too is sincere. Don’t mistake this for another No Man’s Land. It’s not as sweeping as the subject could’ve been. But it’s a straight from the heart satire. Well worth the watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Suprateek Chatterjee, FirstPost ...Kya Dilli… deserves to be watched, but the filmed version is still a gem that needed a little more polish. The producer, Karan Arora, would do well to think about backing a stage adaptation of the same story and touring the country with the same cast. All he needs to do is fire Shandilya.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The anti-war theme, the short runtime, the stagey enactment of convenient brotherhood makes for a febrile enchantment. But the lack of depth and tension, poor exposition and development leave you disappointed as well!... full review

So-So by Kritika Deval , ...The music blends well into the plot. The camera work is magnificent for the most part. The editing could've been a tad tighter.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...Vijay Raaz makes his directorial debut with this movie and while his intent of getting behind the steering wheel of an off-beat film needs to be applauded, his content and execution needs questioning... full review

So-So by Divya Pal, IBN Live ... At close to two hours, 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' is slow paced and might not interest those who want lots of action and love roller coaster ride through the story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today ...Infact, when there aren't any dialogues in the movie, the scene just becomes even more effective. There's something about the film that reminds you of the Bosnian Oscar winner 'No Man's Land' ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Zutshi and Pradhan are ciphers but they are on briefly. Most of the screen time is split between Raaz and Rishi. They are both watchable, but single-tone. And that’s because the plot is so thin. This film could have been more.... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Kya Dilli Kya Lahore portrays quite an emphatic picture of how war and hostility doesn’t benefit anyone. Human beings pitted against each other, brainwashed by ‘nationalistic’ sentiments are afterall people facing similar dilemmas and issues. Raaz and Rishi play a fantastic duo whose affinity remains the film’s best part. As a filmmaker, Raaz doesn’t quite do justice to the tapestry of the film he had in mind but creates a decent watch... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...The setting is right, so is the intention. But alas, the film doesn’t really go anywhere, and that’s a pity. ... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Amongst performers, both Vijay Raaz and Manu Rishi are excellent and complement each other really well. Within first 10 minutes of the film itself, you see them as a Pakistani and Indian soldier with their varied background. - See more at: full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well, this movie has plenty of heart touching moments with fantastic performances by its lead protagonist. It does seem a bit repetitive and slow in some portions and might not appeal to masala film loving audiences. Nevertheless, if you love simple feel good films, then you will not mind these minor hurdles in this heartfelt human tale of two warring countries.... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror ...Raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan are necessary instruments to bring across a universal message of humanity in a film that shouldn't have been structured around an interval or a jarring background score. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, NDTV ... Vijay Raaz seldom lets down a film. Here, he takes on the added responsibility of direction. He keeps the proceedings even-paced and free of techno-generated upheavals. The two actors are mostly left to their own devices. The end-result is a film of tremendous warmth and wisdom.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...And finally, the claps for Gulzar - his poetry sets the tone for the film even before it takes off. Lakeerein hai toh rehne do... Do yourself a favour. Buy a ticket for this one!... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma., Rediff ...At close to two hours, 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' is slow paced and might not interest those who want lots of action and love roller coaster ride through the story. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...In the end the film urges people to have a ‘dimag mein dil’ (heart in the mind). Easier said than done, but not entirely impossible. ... full review

Thumbs up by Somdatta Sen, Star Blockbuster ... Mandir masjid girja ghar ne baat diyan bhagwan ko, dharti baanti, sagar baanta kya baant sake insane ko? I stayed with this thought. if you wish to share the same give it a watch.... full review

Thumbs down by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Vijay is honest in his effort as an actor and with Manu manages to hit some right notes but as a director it turns out to be a laboured attempt. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...One of the finest things about 'KDKL' is Gulzar's poetic prologue. Without the usual trappings of filmi fanfare, this story has its heart in the right place - pure and undivided. Like pre-partition brotherhood.... full review