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Despite being set in a crematorium and having a sense of morbidity throughout, Masaan isn't grim. Nor is it gay despite its wit. Masaan carries equanimity of sorts in the “life is what it is” kind of a way with simplicity and flair in equal measure.



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30 reviewers have given Masaan an average rating of 4.8/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...‘Masaan’ is an emotional tour de force. It’s a very unpretentious film that moves you deeply and leaves you with a flicker of hope amid loss and death. It’s a film you must make time for if you love quality cinema. It’s the kind of cinema that stays with you for a long time. Bravo, Ghaywan and Grover.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In all, MASAAN surely deserves to be seen as a must because of its unusual execution revolving around the burning ghats and all realistic characters emoting well on screen pointing towards our known social curses still continuing as it is from hundreds of years. Yet as a film specifically focusing on DEATH, I personally found it much less hard hitting, missing that instant emotional connect and ‘cinematic power of transforming the viewer’, to be honest.... full review

Thumbs up by Srishti Dixit, Bollywood Life ...Do not miss this gem at any cost.... full review

Thumbs up by Juhi Matta, BookmyShow ...Masaan captures every important element of life, right from the joy of young love to the heartache caused by losing a loved one. It is a simple yet beautiful story that features strong characters, remarkable performances and soul-stirring melodies to boot!... full review

Thumbs up by Nishant A Bhuse, Daily Bhaskar ...मसाला फिल्मों से हटकर यदि आप कोई ऐसी फिल्म देखना चाहते हैं, जो सामाजिक सच्चाइयों को उजागर करती हो तो 'मसान' आपके लिए ही बनी है।... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Richa Chadha is almost frugal in her expressions. Precise, controlled and powerful, she creates a character with very little. We don’t know her Devi very well, but we can feel her in every single scene — her seething and bristling seeps into our bones. Masaan has won some big awards. All very well deserved.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...A beautiful movie with many stories all woven together into a gorgeous tapestry. A must watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...Masaan is a difficult film to write about, Masaan is the easiest film to recommend in so many years. There is none of the defensive Well I Liked It... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...You'll not regret watching this movie. You need not regret not-watching this movie!... full review

Thumbs up by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...A confident and assured debut that is worth the money... full review

Thumbs up by Bryan Durham, DNA ...A film that runs the risk of predictability, but is compelling enough to keep you hooked to what happens next without succumbing to the danger of getting waylaid by its own indulgence, is what makes Masaan a film you cannot and mustn't miss. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Even though the word ‘great’ is easily misused while chronicling a person or an achievement, it really can’t be employed enough to describe what Masaan feels like. You need to watch this film to realize there’s so much hidden meaning to scenes, situations and words. Yes there are no commercial movie gimmicks, no glamour to startle your senses. But there’s an abundance of artistic passion and emotion here to keep you thinking about life and death, long after the movie is over. It lingers around, like the memory of a lost loved one. That bittersweet combination of happiness and sadness. A perfect mirror to life. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...Chadda isn't Masaan's only weakness. The plot is predictable, the screenplay has a number of contrivances, the end is laboured, and a number of the important but supporting characters (like Jhonta) lack detailing. Wonderful as the soundtrack and background score may be, the film needed silences, particularly in the emotional scenes. Yet, while it may not be flawless, Masaan is moving and for the duration of the film, it makes you forget everything but the world in which it is set.... full review

Thumbs up by Megha, Free Press Journal ... ‘Masaan’ has no doubt deservedly won praise as a first feature of a director with great promise it’s also true that the film does not live-up completely to it’s true potential. It’s disappointing that Neeraj Ghaywan was unable to flesh out this promising story into something heart-felt and unforgettable.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...Masaan does not have the mass appeal that the releases of the preceding weekends have had (Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan). It is, however, a gentle nudge to film buffs to remember that films are also about stories that are supposed to touch your hearts, instead of just leaving you awestruck.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Every character leaves his or her mark on the screen including Jhonta (Nikhil Sahani), the little orphan who works with Pathak. The end leaves you craving for more. MASAAN is worth going miles to see! ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Sanjay Mishra’s grief is so palpable that it gets under your skin. Even the actors with smaller roles, like Shweta Tripathi and Pankaj Tripathi, make an impression. But the real find is Vicky Kaushal. He inhabits Deepak completely. When he falls in love, his face lights up. His joy is infectious. Which is why when he weeps, you break down with him. This is the debut of the year. At one point in Masaan, a character points out that there are 28 trains that stop at Varanasi but 68 that don’t. Matlab yahaan aana aasan hai, par yahan se jaana mushkil.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...But those are minor quibbles in an otherwise deeply affecting film that is brought to life by its remarkable cast, particularly Sanjay Mishra, Richa Chadha and terrific new-find Vicky Kaushal.... full review

Thumbs up by Suhani Singh, india today ...After Chaitanya Tamhane, who impressed with his sterling debut Court, Masaan sees the birth of yet another talented filmmaker in Neeraj Ghaywan. Masaan may not be as pitch perfect a first film as Court but it is not far behind in its accomplishments. Tackling topics such as love, loss, redemption with skill and ease, Ghaywan is a filmmaker in command of the narrative and the world his characters inhabit.... full review

So-So by Archita Kashyap, koimoi ...Masaan is a must watch for the discerning film audience. It’s also a break from big-ticket commercial films. It’s not an entertaining film, but a satisfying watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...This could have been a film about gender rights, caste and small-town corruption, but these issues are only acknowledged to the extent that they affect the characters. We’re wrapped in their lives, and like any great film, we’re anxious for the future well-being in the end. I left the hall thinking not of pandits and funeral pyres, but of sooji ka halwa as atonement, of a young boy desperate to dive for coins, of red balloons loosed into the night-time sky.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...A gutsy debut by Ghaywan, who dives deep into the subject in hand and comes up with a little gem. Sensitive writing by Varun Grover makes it more valuable. - See more at: full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Another aspect about the film worthy of mention is its music. The songs like Mann Kasturi and Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai are breathtakingly poetic and beautiful and add to the beauty of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum??? Well, 'Masaan' is a simple yet highly powerful and engaging film with a total connection to our Indian roots. The movie slows down in the middle part and might not appeal the masala entertaining audiences, but will be loved by everyone who love good and meaningful cinema. 'Masaan' is not preachy or highly pseudo intellectual, but just a simple film. And, it's said that the most simple things can bring the most happiness and that's what 'Masaan' does. It displays the circle of life in such a fine cinematic manner.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi deliver a pair of luminous performances that stay with you long after the film is over. This dazzling debut film is an unmissable gem. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Earlier in the film, Kaushal shyly, falteringly comes up with a line about how he loves his girl because she’s the youngest in her house, riffing off something she said, and we can see the grin run through his body as he feels the thrill of her succumbing to his line. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...But the film must be watched for it is as path-breaking as it is predictable, as brutal as it is tender, and as cynical as it is romantic!... full review

Thumbs up by ViSHAL MENON, The Hindu ...The film is most beautiful when it becomes a tale of dealing with loss. Deepak, who prides himself in the mental maturity he gained from seeing several corpses, realises true maturity isn’t just dealing with any corpse, but that of a loved one. As for Devi, it’s about ridding herself of her guilt over her friend’s death rather than the separation the death caused. So when Ganga unifies the two by offering them solace at Triveni Sangam (the confluence of three rivers in Allahabad), away from the constricting Banaras, it is a sort of coming-of-age for them. After all, born and raised in Banaras, they are not ones who believe in the act of burying (even the past). For them, closure comes only after the burning… once the ashes begin to flow in the Ganga.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...The performances of the entire cast including that of the child actor Nikhil Sahni are praiseworthy. Masaan has pure desi magic woven in.... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...The quality of the acting, too, is of the highest order, with all the four principal members of the cast Sanjay Mishra, Richa Chadha, Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi leaving their imprint on the film with perfectly modulated and sustained underplaying. Masaan is a splendid little gem, an absolute must watch. ... full review