Main Aur Charles - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Lots of style. Not substance-less but you can tell that wasn't the focus.

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24 reviewers have given Main Aur Charles an average rating of 2.7/5.0 (?)

7 yays
5 nays
12 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...There is so much here that’s pleasurably authentic and yet given that twist of tadka that makes the story vigorously attractive.... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...The film, written and directed by Prawaal Raman, is classy and not show offy. It keeps its attention on the polite inmate accused of several murders. Hooda’s Charles, like the real one, maintains and conveys a grandeur by talking of books, of wanting to belong to a woman, a country, of books and philosophers, even when his hands are chained and he is talking from across a wire mesh. But it also catches him in the solitude of his cell, and with his accomplices — moments when he shows his commitment to meticulously controlling the story and images that get played in the media. ... full review

Thumbs up by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Verdict - It is a once-a-year movie. Do not miss it! ... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost ...You don’t really mind the missing hard-boiled plot, because by the time the film ends, we are treated to well-shot frames and the amazing theme music. Style wins. The seduction is complete. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Not that we need it. Charles is the only ladykiller we know, and we remain fascinated. And despite the character having Mein Kampf on his shelf and showing fellow prisoners Fritz Lang's Metropolis -- "Hitler's favourite film" -- it should be remembered that the 'Charles' in his name came from a Chaplin impression he used to do back in the day. (Or, at least, that's how the story goes.) ... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana, yahoo! India ...‘Main Aur Charles’ is an intriguing tale, neatly stitched together – it seemingly reconstructs a single incident (the jailbreak) and the subsequent events. However it provides an ambiguous insight into one of history’s most astute “criminal” mind. ... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...The visuals and the sound are cleverly layered by editor Nipun Gupta. Overall, "Main Aur Charles" is a well-made intriguing film with realistic performances. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Life ...Watch it for Randeep Hooda, his performance is the single most reason you might want to check out Main Aur Charles this weekend. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Even though the movie comes together only in the second half, it is worth a watch. ... full review

So-So by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA ...Watch it for Randeep Hooda, his performance is the single most reason you might want to check out Main Aur Charles this weekend. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Main Aur Charles is worth a watch for Randeep Hooda alone. Couple that with a fabulous performance by Hussain and director Raman’s control over his subject make this worth a very strong recommendation. ... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Main Aur Charles is far from perfect. It's very easy to dismiss, too. But if you are among those who have the patience to let creative artists find their feet (as Prawaal Raman does, in the second half) and who can appreciate isolated technical achievements despite a flawed narrative, then you'll find it a curiously intriguing film. ... full review

So-So by Suhani Singh, india today ...A colourful character is made dull in Main Aur Charles. Exactly what makes him such a babe magnet is never quite understood. This Charles has got a lot of swag, but little substance. 2.5 stars for Main Aur Charles - solely for Randeep Hooda's efforts to carry the film on his shoulders. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Supporting actors like Richa Chaddha and Adil Husaain are good, but fortunately or unfortunately they merge in the background as you can’t take your eyes off Hooda and his powerful performance. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Had the film attempted to do something more beyond highlighting the persona that Sobhraj presented to the world at large, Main Aur Charles would have been a delightful watch. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Bollywood biopics usually tend to be horrendously bloated and overwrought. Main Aur Charles is anything but. If that isn't enough of an incentive, watch it for Randeep Hooda's alluring French drawl and Adil Hussain's sturdy presence.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...This was an attempt to make an engaging crime-drama, hoping to cash in on Charles Sobhraj's larger-than-life image. But the makers have taken truly explosive material and tamed it down, choosing to glamourize the villain to a nauseating level. The film had so much more potential! ... full review

So-So by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: Though the film deserves viewing because of Randeep Hooda, on the flip-side, it strives hard to be high on style but low on content and that by itself is its major bane.... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Randeep is convincing; the uncanny physical resemblance and accent help bring Charles alive. Most of the supporting cast is good, but Adil Hussain is a notch above. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...But for me, I happie. Becoz, now I can go home. Charlie baba antics on screen are ovar. I give too starz bekoz I like muzik, and Charlie baba's spectacles! | ... full review

Thumbs down by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Main Aur Charles gains some momentum in the second half and gives us a closer look at Shobhraj, the man, but does not dig deeper into his psyche or reveals much about him. You should avoid this film at all costs: The narrative offers nothing at all and despite the good performances, badly-sketched characters leave little for the actors to do. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Main Aur Charles is too gimmicky and hence even though not Randeep’s but the film’s charm wears off pretty soon. It fails to come across as a potent criminal drama and so for it’s loose treatment it gets a 2/5 from me. ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Hooda’s Sobhraj is a cipher, a beautiful surface with no indication of the emotions—if any—that are raging underneath. Towards the end, there’s a scene with Kanth and Sobhraj talking in the inspector’s office, the criminal telling the cop about the pleasures of doing wrong. The words themselves are banal, but the look on Hooda’s face in that instant is transporting. It was the only moment when I felt like subscribing to the cult of Sobhraj. ... full review

Thumbs down by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Bottomline: Randeep is cool, Adil is terrific but Praawal loses steam midway.... full review