Zubaan - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Confused. Both me and the film. Is it a coming-of-age story masked as a family drama or a family drama masked as a coming-of-age story?

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19 reviewers have given Zubaan an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...At the film’s premiere in Delhi, Mozez Singh announced that Vicky had shot for Zubaan before Masaan, which in his view technically makes Zubaan the actor’s debut film. Dear sweet, lovable Vicky, please say a prayer of thanks that Masaan released first. If Zubaan had come to theatres earlier, I am not sure I would have woken up in time to catch your next film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Besides an outstandingly contemplative performance by Vickey Kaushal, Zubaan gives us a brand new directorial talent Mozez Singh (again, is this really his first film?!). Mozez has a rare ability to create a drama of dissent in his plot without resorting to excessive melodrama. There are passages in Zubaan where we see the director’s vision of an individual held ransom by his ambitions. And we are shaken in a rejuvenating way. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, ZUBAAN comes across as a magnificent masterpiece of the recent times. Strong performances and extremely relatable screenplay will surely bring the audiences to witness the film that speaks about love, ambition, trust, faith and betrayal. ... full review

So-So by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Despite the weak moments and an uneven story line, Zubaan is worth a watch. Vicky Kaushal’s performance in itself is worth the price of an admission ticket! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sai Gamare, BookmyShow ...If you want to see some good acting, you should definitely go for this movie. The story of this movie is very straightforward but it has been told in a creative way. The director has managed to add some good twists to the plot, that will keep you engaged throughout the movie. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...As usual, Manish Choudhary is good. As is Meghna Malik. Raaghav Chanana hardly has a role, and whatever he has is mostly negative. Yet he makes Surya real, and adds, despite very brief scenes, desperation and pain. Vicky Kaushal is both vulnerable and criminal at the same time. He is very talented and can carry off any role. If the director’s repeated lapses into gibberish around Sarah-Jane Dias had been kept in control, Zubaan would have been a hard-hitting, powerful drama. It’s made woozy needlessly. ... full review

Thumbs down by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Zubaan left me flummoxed. I liked the idea behind the story but the movie seems to be directed too cleverly leaving you with a somewhat disconnected, disjointed feeling. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Zubaan is lovingly rendered sweet indie film about the spirit of reinvention. Celebrate it. ... full review

So-So by Ushnota Paul, Filmfare ...At 118 minutes duration, this unconventional story is crisp and the first half steals the show. The second half is slow in parts and the end is a tad rushed. The film reiterates the point that you have to move out of your comfort zone to find your true calling – something we all should take note of… ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Uma Gaiti’s choreography suits the soothing songs more than the movie but it’s Swapnil Sonawane’s cinematography, Khyatee Kanchan’s production design and Mozez Singh’s unique story-telling style that raises the bar in terms of experience. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The Music is the other hero of this film. We saw brilliant music in JUGNI in January. This one, I dare say, goes an octave higher. The picturisation and the dynamics that go with making a brilliant song visually wow is seen in Sun Le Na Koi Pukar; this song will take your breath away. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Overall, Zubaan is one of the better music-based films in the last couple of years, and will make for a quite a movie experience. Don’t miss it if you can help it. ... full review

So-So by Suhani Singh, india today ...Singh shows promise as a filmmaker especially when he directs his songs like vibrant music videos -- "Music is My Art", and Mandar Deshpande's fantastic rendition of "Ajj Saanu O Mileya" are standouts - and in one particular darkly comic family dinner scene. But Zubaan is too uneven. It is worth a trip to theatre for Kaushal's credible performance that leaves you rooting for the hero. Here's an exciting actor we can't wait to see again. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...However, standing above the film and the script is Kaushal’s absolutely brilliant performance. The young actor, who impressed us with his debut performance in Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan (2015), is at admirable ease in front of the camera and while slipping into the role of the traumatised, stammering Dilsher.... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...As for the music, it is not organic at all and makes you feel as if they have been included in the film to give the audience a musical break from the narrative, which is quite uneven in the first place as mentioned earlier. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Zubaan stretches itself too thin at times in trying to raise its narrative tempo. In its quieter moments, however, it does manage to get its voice heard. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...It is decently made and reasonably well acted, especially by Manish Chaudhari who conquers the screen in his swaggering role of a boorish businessman. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...However, despite the fabulous music the songs feel more like intrusions than part of the storytelling. Vicky pulls off the Sikh pop singer act as well, especially in the Ajj Saanu O Mileya number, which plays out like a rousing anthem in the end. If only the lead-up to it was as compelling. Zubaan is a film that you stay with till the end even as you rue that it could have been so much better. ... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, Times of India ...Zubaan might test your patience but it is heartbreaking in parts. Luckily, the melodrama is kept at bay even when the protagonist finds himself divided between materialism and mirth. ... full review