Raag Desh - External Reviews

wogma rating: Catch on DVD for sure (?)
quick review:

A war movie, a relatively lesser known independence story, a court room drama. An intense story yet not an 100% immersive experience.



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19 reviewers have given Raag Desh an average rating of 3.6/5.0 (?)

11 yays
3 nays
5 so-so

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So-So Bollywood Hungama ...Make no mistake, this is no A Few Good Men, but it is surely a very well researched tale of unsung heroes we may not even be aware of. Bollywood keeps making films on the likes of Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh, but it’s high time we give due credit and respect to the likes of Shah Nawaz Khan, Prem Sahgal, Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and various others. The film may not be your quintessential Bollywood patriotic drama but despite its various short comings, I’ll still recommend it to everyone. Go and watch the unknown and unheard history of Indian independence unfolds in a most realistic way. If not for anything Raag Desh will surely start a discussion and that is enough. ... full review

Thumbs up by Criselle Lobo, BookmyShow ...Raag Desh brings to life an important chapter in Indian history. There are barely any songs, which keeps the narrative tight, and well, to top it all, the performances are spectacular. Don’t think twice before booking your tickets as Raag Desh will touch your patriotic side. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...On the whole, Raag Desh is an average film with an untold factual story. The film could have been much better plus in the era of commercial films, Raag Desh is a niche in its own genre. If you are still patriotic to watch such a film in 2017, then Raag Desh isn't a bad watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Raag Desh recreates an important chapter of Indian history. Best part is, it does so with great detail and authenticity. This film stands out from average Hindi cinema fare, by telling a relevant story with good finesse and élan. Its politics is clean and its drama is strong. A solid effort by Tigmanshu Dhulia in creating real drama from a true story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, FirstPost ...Overall, Raag Desh is not a superlative film, particularly because of its treatment, editing and lack of a novel story. But what it excels at is brushing the dust off a forgotten chapter of the history textbooks in a way that we can revisit it, with equal amounts of pride and gratitude. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...If at all a patriotic fervour is generated, then it’s because of the relentless repetition of Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa in pumped up volume, sung with motivational fervor, playing schematically in the background. Nehru (Rajesh Khera), Judge Sehgal (Kanwaljeet Singh), Captain Lakshmi Swaminathan (Mrudula Murali) who eventually married Prem Sehgal and Gandhi have all too-brief inconsequential presence in the film that is littered with great names but just doesn’t have the conviction to do justice to their presence in it. Also, the crisscrossing timelines and shoddy editing don’t allow for narrative coherence. This is an opportunity lost so-to-speak!... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...RAAG DESH isn't a chest thumping bharat mata ki jai phenomenon, it's a rare probing epic inspired from a chapter from India's freedom struggle that not only respects the brave hearts from the INA it also asks some questions. If you are interested in knowing an intriguing and probing chapter from India's freedom struggle and have the required patience then RAAG DESH is your ticket ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...There is a strange thing about patriotic films. You know what’s going to happen, but your eyes still get moist when it happens. The same will happen to you as well when Kadam Kadam Badhaaye Jaa will play on the screen. This 137-minute soldier versus traitor story is totally worth your time. ... full review

Thumbs up by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...While watching 'Raag Desh', we feel as it we were a part of the surroundings where the war was happening. 'Raag Desh' is a well-researched and intricately crafted film that introduces one to a chapter in history which is lesser discussed. The strength of the film lies in the fact that it makes you participate in the proceedings of the film as a viewer, making it come across an intimate and immersive experience. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ahana Bhattacharya, koimoi ...This Tigmanshu Dhulia directorial will not appeal to every kind of viewer and I’m afraid not everybody will be able to understand or follow it. ... full review

Thumbs down by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint ...The actors to watch out for are Marwah as the charismatic Prem and Mrudula Murali as freedom fighter Lakshmi Swaminathan. Their romance finds respectful space in the story, which has the makings of a powerful document of India’s history, but turns out to be a highly verbose and untidy production. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Must, and will. In fact it makes an even stronger case for similar retellings. Keen observers might recall that it was HBO's brilliant war-series 'Band of Brothers' (2001) that instantly led to the rebirth of American television. Look at where American television is now. 'Raag Desh' totally deserved that same kind of stellar, multi-part treatment. It's got everything going for it. For now, big-screen cinema will do, I guess. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...The film inadvertently makes one reflect on the lingering belief that many Indians hold about Netaji's mysterious end. The conspiracy theory that suggests that the revolutionary leader only escaped his fate by taking refuge with one of his allies, only points at the reluctance to accept the inevitable. This perhaps, stems from the fact that while Netaji may be no more, we can't get ourselves to cremate his ideology. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...It isn't quite your average edge-of-the-seat thriller, but it abounds in scenes that hit home with their inherent intensity and emotional resonance. Given the increasingly fractious times that we live in and the cynical political manipulations that are currently afoot, one has no reservations in recommending Raag Desh as the film to watch ahead of all the other Bollywood releases of the week.... full review

Thumbs up by Sreehari Nair, Rediff ...One goes to the movies to be surprised, to feel something fresh, to sense a new spirit and Raag Desh is infused with that new spirit. Its real daring though is that it never plays up things it is doing new. And when it tries and fails, it still is a noble failure. This is one of the best Hindi films of the year. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ... Raag Desh is a reminder of a time when the idea of unity in diversity actually meant something.... full review

So-So Sify Movies ...Overall, this film although well-made, fails to evoke patriotism and obviously does not even attempt to entertain. ... full review

So-So by Nihit Bhave, Times of India ...Had the screenplay been freed of its half-hearted side-tracks, it would have made for great infotainment. The movie is only half of that word now. ... full review

Thumbs up by Troy ribeiro, ZEENEWS.COM ...Overall, this film although well-made, fails to evoke patriotism and obviously does not even attempt to entertain. ... full review