Shab - External Reviews

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Erratic in engaging and evoking empathy. Could be watched for its director and theme.

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17 reviewers have given Shab an average rating of 1.5/5.0 (?)

4 yays
11 nays
2 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...If the answer to either question is “I don’t know”, here is another question: is the film worth making? Shab, sadly, was not. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The revelations are underwhelming, and, worse, unaffecting. We keep rooting for Mohan to rediscover a reason to smile, though. Maybe that should have been the real story.... full review

Thumbs up by Criselle Lobo, BookmyShow ...Shab is a slice-of-life film that doesn't take itself too seriously. There are no over-the-top moments and everything is portrayed with subtlety. Overlook the few minor flaws and you wouldn't be disappointed. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...An avoidable and disappointing affair, especially if you hold an expectation of a typical Onir film. ... full review

So-So by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA ...Shab will appease those wanting some meaningful cinema that dives deep into the psyche of the human mind and explores the contrasting complexities of relationships. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...It’s the relationships being portrayed in Shab that help rescue the film from its patchy screenplay. The actors do a reasonably good job. Mithoon’s music is spunky. The cinematography is top notch, but the editing isn’t always consistent. Thankfully, the dialogue of the film is strong and the way characters respond to their life’s challenges makes the final bit of the story engaging. The maturity and the subtlety with which Onir tackles the themes of Shab make it worth a watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, FirstPost ...After My Brother Nikhil and I Am, among others, Shab should have augmented Onir’s oeuvre. Perhaps being based on a script written over a decade ago contributed to the feeling of datedness. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The cinematography and music have haunting flair but the stilted dialogues, the lack of momentum in the pacing, the hesitant performances (save for Raveena who looks ravishing and does a fairly good job) and the un-purposeful narration makes it tough going. Share this Post: ... full review

Thumbs down by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Surprisingly, Onir's Delhi in SHAB appeared as a poor cousin of Mumbai (cafes, pubs at every place) which had a dark hangover of Madhur Bhandarkar's PAGE 3. If Onir had restricted himself to the Mohan Sonal episode keeping the gay fashion designer Rohan (Raj Suri) for an interesting twist, SHAB could have been a watchable and a better film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Shab is a dark, haunting film about human emotions, relationships, love and betrayal that thrive in a rather opportunistic and materialistic world of Delhi’s elite society. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ahana Bhattacharya, koimoi ...This is not a family entertainer or a film which everyone would like to watch. But if you are enthusiastic about stories dealing with the complexities of relationships in the urban life and can sit through boring films then you might like this. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Onir recently argued that he doesn't fancy himself as an indie filmmaker, even while his 'treatment' lends his films to be deemed otherwise. But here, he stereotypes homosexuals, sex workers and everyone in between. That a character in this film goes from being a teacher in France to a waiter in a South Delhi bistro — without leaning on circumstances — makes one wonder if anyone's proofed this script. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Shab certainly isn't without its share of flaws, but the deliciously cryptic style that it employs in the elucidation of intricate human relationships makes it an irresistibly intriguing tale. Watch it because Shab is a rare Hindi film that respects its audience and lets them to work their way through the maze. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The conflicts are dispassionately resolved in Shab, shooting down its already negligible emotional quotient to nil. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...The movie seems better suited to Mumbai, but one reason it seems to have been set in Delhi is the variety of seasons on offer. The plot stumbles from summer all the way to winter, although the seasons are not easily discernible from each other since much of the action is set indoors. ... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ... Onir gives us a film that's powerful and delectable. A smouldering simmering sensuous tale of betrayal and redemption, Onir stages a fragile, brutal and beguiling exploration of relationships in the overheated metropolitanism of Delhi. ... full review

Thumbs down by Reza Noorani, Times of India ...Onir, with cinematographer Ashish Bisht, has shot Delhi beautifully. It’s interesting how the filmmaker seasons in the city to show what the characters are going through. We need filmmakers like him to have conversations about subjects like same-sex relationships, single mothers, but he needs to have his objective clear. ... full review