Lakshmi - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

A story based on many true life incidents that feels like a story weaved into a documentary. Important stories to know, strike a chord. A must watch, even if you don't want to make a trip to the theater.



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18 reviewers have given Lakshmi an average rating of 3.2/5.0 (?)

8 yays
3 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...LAKSHMI is a heart-rending tale that ought to be told. It's a film that's sure to jolt you, take you out of your comfort zone, set you thinking about the plight of millions of kids pushed into the flesh trade.... full review

Thumbs up by Teena Elizabeth, BookmyShow ...To sum it up, Lakshmi is a courageous, thought-provoking and heroic movie. It’s not a mere story but a true-life incident that needs to be made known to eradicate the evil of child abuse and immoral trafficking. Lakshmi is a movie that is the need of the hour... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Apart from Kukunoor, everybody’s accents here are awry and half-hearted. This bothered me at first, but once I adjusted to it, I began to like it, found meaning in it -- this story is not the story of Andhra Pradesh, it is a story of all of India.... full review

So-So by Inspector VIjay, Desi Martini ...Inspiring performances are the backbone of this iffy journey... ... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...The authentic Hyderabadi Kukunoor himself undoes his authenticity by wearing garish costumes just to look like a pimp... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Nagesh Kukunoor has done a wonderful service to society by walking us through [through cinema] a harsh reality of life which most of us would be content turning the other way... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Honestly, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend Lakshmi. In places, it’s repulsive and, yet, it demands to be seen. So you decide for yourselves.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It is weighed down by its 'standard-issue' treatment... full review

So-So by Faheem Ruhani, india today ...Luckily, Kukunoor is supported by a team of good actors. Of the cast, Shefali Shah is brilliant in her dual role of an evil-kind madam of the brothel. Satish Kaushik is successful in making you want to hate him with his restrained villainy.... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Kukunoor opts for a documentary-style approach which offers little new insight about the plight of the women thrown into prostitution. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubha Shetty-saha, MiD DAY ...Shefali Shah is brilliant as the kind but practical brothel keeper. This actress should get more opportunities to showcase her talent. In a serious case of miscasting, Monali Thakur is not at all convincing as a 14-year-old fresh-faced innocent child woman. Ram Kapoor is competent as usual. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well this real life hard-hitting story has lots of dum on content, theme and performance basis. The movie might not appeal to mass audience or all those who are weak at heart, but for those who love intense drama then 'Lakshmi' will turn out to be dark, disturbing, realistic yet a must watch film for all of them.... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror ...Lakshmi is not without its flaws; the sort of topical theme Madhur Bhandarkar would have chosen at his prime. It makes you cringe for important reasons though, and must be watched for its relentless pursuit of relevance and authenticity.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, NDTV ... Lakshmi is not a film for the weak hearted and the squeamish. Isn’t the same true of life too?... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...To sum it up, Lakshmi is a story that's disturbing, shocking but a courageous effort. Watch this movie for stellar performances. ... full review

Thumbs up by Paloma Sharma, Rediff ...Yet, films like Lakshmi are the need of the hour.... full review

So-So by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Star Blockbuster ...Lakshmi isn’t recommended for those who don’t have an appetite for real cinema. Nagesh hasn’t left anything to imagination so it would be advisable to venture into theatres keeping in mind what to expect.... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ... Lakshmi's story makes your heart bleed. If you have the courage, watch it.... full review