Shaitan - External Reviews
Dir: Bejoy Nambiar
I can care for a character if there's both good and evil within him/her. If I don't see the evil side, it scares me. If don't see the good side, what's my motivation to care? Shaitan doesn't explore any fights within, it's just one devil versus the other. If it weren't for the brilliant performances, Shaitan would look like it's Director, Bejoy nambiar and producer, Anurag Kashyap's urge to sew plainly written scenes with quirky treatments.
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46 reviewers have given Shaitan an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)
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Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...This assured debut is reminiscent of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros. Shaitan isn't just the lament of a lost generation, it is a signal of alarm for urban Indian society that seems spiraling towards its own destruction with unnatural zeal.... full review
Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...From bhurji pao at Bade Miyan to a midnight raid on a chemist for cough syrup to get high on, from speeding Hummers to a crooked cop, brilliantly played by the professional shyster Raj Kumar Yadav, this is a movie that is memorable. Worrying but memorable... full review
Thumbs up The Friday Freak ...Surprisingly and interestingly, there is no sex shown in the movie. A movie that reeks of hedonism, debauchery and gross excesses as an everyday part of life is bound to go down the tried and tested way of showing a few sexual connotations down and about, but there’s none. This is the most sexless movie I have seen this year.... full review
So-So by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...Credit where it is due: a highly stylized and technically flawless attempt at pulling off technical flawlessness, Shaitan is a colorful screenshot of the kaleidoscopic happenings (bole toh all kinds of chemical lochas) inside a true junkie’s quivery mind. ... full review