Sikandar - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Just like ever-so-beautiful Kashmir gets grimmer as you look deeper into the situation there, the magnificent bird's eye view of the film is marred by the unpolished details. The glowing loopholes distract from the range of interesting, socio-political underlying themes.



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24 reviewers have given Sikandar an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

6 yays
11 nays
7 so-so

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So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...The closeness between Nasleem and Sikandar in a closed Indian society is unreal. ... full review

So-So Apun Ka Choice ...A film with a heart but not enough meat to make its story plausible, ‘Sikandar’ suffers primarily because of the loopholes in the story.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, ...As for Ayesha Kapur of Black, she’s terrific and keeps you riveted, even when the plot ranges from the absurd to the startling. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The psychosexual symbolism of a pubescent in possession of one of the most explosive of phallic symbols – and one just about as old as he is – can easily be extrapolated to the discovery of the highs of getting off, and Jha does show that ownership of the weapon transforms the boy into a man.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The problem is that the story suddenly moves into the suspense-thriller genre and that robs the film of its originality. ... full review

Thumbs down by Abhishek Mande, Buzz18 ...Ayesha Kapoor' performance leaves a lot to be desired. And we've definitely seen much better of Parzaan Dastur... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Goswami, DNA ...Parzaan pitches in with the most enthusiastic and sincere performance; Sanjay Suri and R Madhavan serve their purpose as catalysts well;... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, ...While the movie tries to be artistic about the impact of kids on civil strife, and vice versa, it is a very contrived attempt, and extremely slow-paced.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...Madhavan and Sanjay Suri go about listlessly. Can't blame them really.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...What's more the film's jarring background score and sluggish pace also act as party poopers... full review

Thumbs up India Target ...expressionless act coupled with a faulty dialogue delivery leaves you unmoved.... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...It's a strong comment to make and it's a pity Piyush Jha is not a more accomplished storyteller.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...The busy streets, the landscapes, the lush green spots, the foggy mornings all look quite picturesque.... full review

So-So by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ... By the time the film ends, it seems to have lost the serious human interest angle to commercial needs... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ... full review

Thumbs down by Jahan Bakshi, Now ...while Piyush Jha must be applauded for his brave and topical choice of subject- his film again reinforces the fact that films about children are, in fact, anything but child's play. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now ...Sadly the reservoir of resonances and echoes gets progressively smothered in the will to create a neat twist at the end of the tale that would work in "A Wednesday... full review

Thumbs down by Runumi G, Passion for Cinema ...Sanjay Suri’s performance as a surrendered militant leader with an agenda is quite convincing, while Madhavan does not get much to do in an army colonel’s role.... full review

Thumbs down by Gohar Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...The originality disturbs when the film changes paths from being a sensitive saga to a suspense thriller. ... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, real bollywoood ...Sikandar is an engrossing fare. There are four major twists in the plot that leave you completely surprised... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Somak Mukherjee’s cinematography has an enviable subject, no doubt, but his lens brings alive Kashmir’s title of being heaven on earth.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...the confusion and guilt that Sikandar feels is well portrayed.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...A special mention for debutant Arunoday Singh not just because he easily recognises the make and model of a gun... full review

So-So by SpiceZee Network, ZEENEWS.COM ...‘Sikandar’ seems to be just another film set against the backdrop of terrorism in Kashmir. ... full review