Shaitan - External Reviews

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

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 (?)

30 yays
4 nays
12 so-so

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Thumbs up by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha ...One thing that might not work for the film is that it fails to address one major issue in that the director completely forgets to give a conclusion to the crime that started it all.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Go for this satanic sass.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...After the accident, after which you could say Shaitan begins to vaguely resemble an existential riff on I Know What You Did Last Summer, the film turns somewhat conventional.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Well shot & performed, but unconvincing based on a seen before plot going over the length. ... full review

So-So by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...despite few levies and benefit of doubt, overall it has some cheap thrills but majorly lacks punch... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...SHAITAN is bound to raise eyebrows thanks to its contemporary, thrilling, hard-hitting and forceful content. One of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in a long time.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...it is a well made film by Anurag Basu and debutante director Bijoy Nambiar. ... full review

Thumbs up by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Towards the end, you hope that “Shaitan” had a stronger point to make. Because it is devoid of soul, you don’t care what happens to the characters.... full review

Thumbs down by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...immensely immature, ridiculously overconfident.... full review

Thumbs up by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini ...Try something new and gritty this weekend.... full review

Thumbs up by Yusuf, Desi Martini ...quirky, stark, dark, disturbing and in your face! Not for the candy floss crowd. But definitely worth your money if you like to watch fresh old stuff.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Shaitan picks you up chews you well and then spews you out of the theatre well digested.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...The film rings a bell of warning and a cry of caution. Its hard to see it as fiction. It is alarming to believe it as existing reality. ... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Watch Shaitan for its original story and the talent showcased by the cast and sound and editing teams... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...Rajeev Khandelwal heads the cast, with his attractively implosive presence and Kalki Koechlin brings to the role crazy energy.... full review

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

So-So by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...Neil Bhoopalam as Zubin is nuanced and Kruti Kulhari as Tanya stands out too... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...it is a delight to watch Rajit Kapoor, despite his one-dimensional role... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...Devaiya shows promise in his work. Kirti Kulhari is decent. Neil Bhoopalam is good. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Raj Kumar Yadav, Nikhil are fine. Rajat Barmecha’s cameo was nice. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...In a similar vein, the film derives itself almost wholly from a pop, counter-cultural new wave of late '90s that roughly defined independent films back then...The outcome may be partly pretentious; it's largely satisfying still.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It isn't as daring as Anurag Kashyap's debut 'Paanch' whose themes it clearly mirrors, but it's got many moments that'll surprise you. ... 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

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...These fresh-faced kids are all right, but they are more sketches than filled-out people you want to care about: you never get a sense of a darkness that is waiting to engulf them.... full review

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Watch it for the stylish making and the terrific background score.... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Koechlin is inconsistent, but brings out the trauma of being harangued by dark memories of a mentally unstable mother with some degree of conviction. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Kalki is excellent as Amy. And so is Rajeev, who plays Arvind Mathur, a cop, struggling through life, dealing with his troubled marriage and temper issues.... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...‘Shaitan’ is a case of a simple story resulting in a very good watch, thanks to the excellent performance by every single member of the movie.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Rajat Barmecha strikes a hilarious note in his cameo as the 'flashback mein flashback' Shomu, while Rajkumar Yadav, last seen in the scare flick Ragini MMS, is also quite good as the crooked sub-inspector Malwankar here.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...This is an oversight and a big logic loophole. All Amy had to do was hide while the others pretended they didn’t know anything, right?... full review

Thumbs down by Anant, My Take on Flicks ...The problem with Shaitan it, it never gets dark enough.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Strangely however, Nambiar doesn’t allow us to emotionally invest in his characters – just when you are in their grip, he throws you out with a too-clever-by-half flashback within flashback story.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...The camera is never inattentive. The street scenes and the sound-design are absolutely brilliant.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...It's difficult to ignore the brilliant remix of Dev Anand's Khoya Khoya Chand or the background work during chase sequence of Rajeev Khandelwal and Rajkumar Yadav.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...Check out the usage of Bhayanak Maut’s Unleashed for the street-race sequence, and Ranjit Barot’s brilliantly executed Pintya for the chase sequence between Khandelwal and Yadav. Masterstroke.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...This film never seems to get that balance.... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...I love the way the director has presented the song Khoya Khoya Chand. That was just superb and so brilliantly shot!... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...It doesn’t make sense to classify the film as good or bad—Shaitan is a unique experience to be savoured if you’re looking for an adventure.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...The sub-plots are layered and juxtaposed beautifully. You connect with the characters and empathize with them. ... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...A good fare.... full review

Thumbs up by P S Arjun, The Cine Segye ...a must see for the fans of ‘edge-of-the-seat’ thrillers.... 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

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...haitaan's gang of no-gooders may be a disturbing lot, but they are immensely watchable as they walk the tightrope between sanity and insanity... 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

So-So by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...The film gets full marks for style. Crisp visuals accompanied by a great soundtrack ensure a dreamy audio-visual experience. '... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...A special mention to director Bijoy Nambiar who dares to narrate a realistic story. ... full review