Welcome to Sajjanpur - External Reviews

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quick review:

Serious issues that plague the life of villagers are presented with clever sarcasm. The style of narration is a bit artificial but makes for an interesting watch.



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34 reviewers have given Welcome to Sajjanpur an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)

23 yays
4 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs up by Sanskriti Media, AOL INDIA ...The innocence of the villagers stands in stark contrast to the cunning attitude of the educated city.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Amrita Rao is gracefully restrained. Ila Arun is perfectly cast. Divya Dutta is brilliant in a small role.... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Daspurkayastha, Bollywood Mantra ...Songs are not so effective. The director can do without songs too.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, BOXOFFICE INDIA ...If you think good comedy is a film like Welcome then you are not Welcome to Sajjanpur.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema ...a well etched satire of sorts about things on and gone in a land we call our own... full review

So-So by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 ...The rest of the supporting cast stay true to their characters with each actor delivering spirited performances... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Basu, DearCinema ...Truth be told when Benegal tries to get sentimental and serious the film stumbles... full review

Thumbs down by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald ...the Benegal touch slowly loses its warmth. Songs with no sense of time don’t help either.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...you are left amused at the antics of Mahadev and other villagers, the fresh, witty dialogues and double entrendes that are presented in a sophisticated manner... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, Express India ...the film is saved from becoming the sort of dreaded preachy treatises that the director has been delivering of late.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Never once does the actor go overboard, nor does the director take liberties with his creative freedom.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...the spine of Shyam Benegal’s Welcome to Sajjanpur is its rustic, colloquial dialogue.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...And what a colorful palette of characters Benegal serves up... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Expect no glitz-n-glam here. In fact, it doesn't even have a strong plot since it's a character-driven film... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...dialogues deserve a special mention for an authentic rustic feel of the countryside and simultaneously having a witty punch in almost every second line... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, indya.com ...The sets, clothes and language lend authenticity to the film... full review

So-So by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...the climax seems to be a rushed up job... full review

Thumbs down by Mr. Inkenti, Mr. Inketis Weblog ...none of the characters or their stories are weaved well and they just keep coming and going... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Mumbai Mirror ...Ashok Mishra's screenplay is smooth for most parts; but there's a point when the tempo of the film dips a bit.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Benegal has a great affection for his characters—even the unwholesome ones have their share of memorable lines... full review

So-So by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com ...People expecting too much out of Shyam Benegal, considering his past body of work are bound to be disappointed.... full review

So-So by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...His experience and talent as a director is evident in his very first attempt in a new genre.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...In a film flush with accomplished performances, Talpade holds the plot together like a voluminous book's spine... full review

Thumbs up by Phoenixnu, Passion for Cinema ...Not sure when was the last time any hindi film made me laugh so much.... full review

Thumbs down by rusted rick, Passion for Cinema ...He could have easily made a thousand social campaign ads from the various stories, which might have struck the audience in a better way.... full review

Thumbs down by Sulakshana Biswas, Passion for Cinema ...I refuse to believe that Welcome To Sajjanpur is a film by Shyam Benegal;... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar, Passion for Cinema ...nice to see the master break the divides we put so comfortably on cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Goher Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...The film loses some values also i.e. the movie should have been without a song because the film does not need to have a song into the narrative... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Welcome to Sajjanpur didn't really need any songs, let alone so many of them.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...While the entire film aims at making you laugh, very few scenes succeed.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...you do miss the stark realism and the social concerns of his earlier films. But hey, hasn't the national mood changed too?... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...After a rousing crane shot taking in the village, the camera is thereafter largely static and plays very little role in effective story telling... full review

Thumbs up by Spicezee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...explores the human mind with Mahadev’s change of heart and subsequent liberation.... full review