Videsh - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Preity's brilliant act & Deepa's execution play with gray cells. An out-of-the-box approach to domestic violence and superstition in the form of symbolism is thrown in too.



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26 reviewers have given Videsh an average rating of 1.9/5.0 (?)

5 yays
11 nays
10 so-so

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Thumbs up by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Kudos to Deepa Mehta for making an exceptional film that’s so intense that it hardly spares you a moment to blink... full review

Thumbs down ...Videsh is agonizingly slow as nothing significant happens almost through the entire film.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Mehta struggles with the kind of folksy conceits that Amol Palekar pulled off so effortlessly in Paheli.... full review

Thumbs up by Aly Kassam, Bolly Spice ...Seeing how a human being often uses fantasy to cope with crisis is a novel concept in terms of its idea as well as treatment.... full review

Thumbs down by Suranjana Nandi, Buzz18 ...Mehta, brings back to life a species once loved by the Hindi cinema audience way back in the 1980s... full review

So-So by Udita Jhunjhunwala, DNA ...Mehta succeeds in capturing the claustrophobia of a prison-like existence... full review

So-So by Jaiwantika Dutta - Dhupkar, ...A lot of thought has clearly gone into the film, and it shows.... full review

Thumbs down by Rachana, ...VIDESH doesn't offer you any Heaven in your cinema!... full review

So-So by Shashi Baliga, Hindustan Times ...Preity Zinta brings a tremulous, vulnerable grace to her portrayal of a woman living in constant fear.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...A layered drama that touches upon a handful of relevant issues... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...This is a movie that reinforces some of the worst clichés of Indian society.... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ... The pacing is lethargic and the story takes too long to kick-start.... full review

So-So by Sumana B Jayanth, MiD DAY ...The plot. It drags on and on.... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...Mehta does a curious mix of mythology and magic realism, which proves to be the film's undoing.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...There are scenes here of marital violence that are so effectively horrific that you almost can’t bear to watch.... full review

So-So by Nita Jatar Kulkarni, Now ...Foreign audiences too could lap it up as the movie gives them a peep into the power equations in a conservative Indian joint family... full review

Thumbs down by Mythily Ramachandran, Now ...It fails to tug at your heart strings.... full review

Thumbs up by Dpac, Passion for Cinema ...Do not expect to be spoon fed but ride along with it... full review

Thumbs up by Bhargav Saikia, Planet Bollywood ...Videsh might look like a simple film about domestic abuse on the surface, but it has much more to offer than that.... full review

Thumbs down by Goher Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...Deepa Mehta has executed the story on screen with much sensitivity and care.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Wat Mehta truly succeeds at is extracting a landmark performance out of Preity Zinta... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The performances are spotless. Zinta’s rendering of the abused new bride is heart wrenching.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Sify Movies ...Videsh-Heaven on Earth is an unconventional subject, but the moment a reptile slides into the story, it robs the film of realism.... full review

Thumbs down by Harshita Kohli, StarBoxOffice ...Deepa Mehta who has given us brilliant award winning films disappoints with Videsh... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Mehta, the modernist, suddenly seems to have turned quack doctor... full review