Striker - External Reviews

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

The sharp dialogues support a fragmented plot. The smart visuals are accompanied by jarring background music. The story is neither about carrom nor about the communal riots. The movie is neither here nor there.

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32 reviewers have given Striker an average rating of 2.9/5.0 (?)

13 yays
8 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, AOL INDIA ...The performances keep us moving, kicking and dragging with the seamless unpunctuated narrative. ... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...Yet, none of these assorted parts mesh in to make one organic, seamless whole that could grip you by the gut... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...there isn’t the primal emotional satisfaction that we’d get from the kind of fiery drama that either of these plotlines could have birthed... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...The songs are just fine as they don’t become an obstacle in the movie but background score catches your attention more.... full review

Thumbs up by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice ...the cinematography and background score are highly impressive. Both these departments had been entrusted with extra responsibility because the style of Striker's story telling was very unique and required cinematography to be ultra real and raw.... full review

Thumbs down by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ... Siddharth’s acting was superb. Aditya Pancholi played his part well. Anupam Kher was ok.... full review

Thumbs down by Raashi Malhotra, BookmyShow ...Siddharth is quite charming but seems a bit awkward with his body language. ... full review

So-So by Shweta Parande, Buzz18 ...Actor Ankur Vikal who played the menacing Maman in Slumdog Millionaire, shines in Striker as well. His fun-loving, rangeela character complements Siddharth's soft-spoken, brooding Surya. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...Siddharth is miscast. He's not "dirty" enough to be in a role like this, looking more like a youngster who'd rather hang out at Cafe Coffee Day.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Siddharth as Surya fits into the common man mould but at times tries hard to be the part unlike Ankur and Aditya. ... full review

So-So Gyanguru ...Padmapriya and Nicolette Bird (Noorie) did the roles well but they were hardly there in the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Yet, this is neither a rags-to-success story of a national carrom champion (which it could’ve been). Nor is it a simplistic prequel to Satya’s Bhikhu Mhatre (that it seemed to be)... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Stealing the show, however, is Ankur Vikal who is extraordinary as the free-spirited, hyperactive Zaid. It's among the finest acting pieces you will see this year.... full review

So-So by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Siddharth looks far too polished to be a slum kid but then so did Dev Patel's Jamal... full review

Thumbs up by Susan Jose, India-Forums ...The scenes between Surya and Noorie (Nicolette Bird) during their very short-lived romance is sweet and at times funny. ... full review

So-So indiaserver.com ...Producer-director Chandan Arora makes a fruitful attempt in story telling technique and manages to keep the audience watching. ... full review

Thumbs up indiatimes ... the real hero of the film is Malvani, the ghetto... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The era is very authentic in Arora’s frames.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ... The acting honours in this movie definitely belong to Siddharth. ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Arora’s tutelage under Ram Gopal Varma shows in the numerous intriguingly grim faces that pop into the frame. ... full review

So-So by Sujoy, OneKnightStands.net ...Aditya Pancholi’s scarfaced Jaleel Bhai is a bit confusing. The man has no sense of profit n loss. He is a bit of a maniac himself betting left, right and centre.... full review

Thumbs up by Magik, Passion for Cinema ...The punch hits someone but you can feel the pain, someone else is bleeding, but you are hurt. Reality never got any real... full review

So-So by Khaled Mohammed, Passion for Cinema ...The shift back from the 1992-’93 communal riots to an earlier decade is, alas, much too choppy. So at some point, you quit figuring out the logistics, to concentrate on the meat and potatoes of the story, and ignore the swirling gravy. Burp.... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Chandan Arora once again proves to be an authentic director and great a story teller. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sampurn, real bollywoood ...Siddharth is nothing short of excellent in the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...An astutely-penned drama for most part it's not entirely devoid of hiccups. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The story that starts off on a promising note but goes horribly wrong towards the end. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...'Striker' should strike a chord with today's audience. It deserves more attention than a usually small budget movie because it's topical in today's social tension prevailing in Mumbai. ... full review

Thumbs down by K K Rai, STARDUST ... Aditya Panscholi, who plays the part of the local crook in Malwani, Jaleel, comes out a winner in this depiction of a mean person.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The high point of the film is its authenticity, its heartwarming tale and its performances.... full review

Thumbs down by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Others too have delivered decent performances, but the pace of the script is unbelievably slow, and ends up leaving the audience nothing but bored.... full review