The abusive language, the openly sexual talk, the title of the film, the characters shown in the trailer – all point to defy conservatism. This is great, except if it is done just with that intention.
Often enough, we see the cause taking over story-telling rather than the story driving home the point about the cause. A classic case going against the ideal, “show, don't tell.” Even so, it is exciting to see a bunch of women taking off on a trip together. One, because these stories are very few and quite far between and gives an air of freshness just because of that. Also, there is hope for introspection and revelation as indicated in the trailer.
That it will be different from the norm is a given. Now, the question is the cause and effect between cause and story. Looking forward to know how it goes.
Bollywood Hungama - "2/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by RUMNIQUE NANNAR, Bolly Spice : ...It feels as if Nalin packed in all the issues in case another film this witty and powerful would never get made again, which partly works in his favour. It’s a must watch film that will likely spark a dialogue around women’s issues, which is so vital at this time. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Tanul Thakur, FirstPost : ...Noble intentions don’t automatically translate into enjoyable and compelling cinema. If Nalin-the-filmmaker fails in Angry Indian Goddesses, then he doesn’t fare very well as the nation’s conscience either. The solution that he proposes in the film’s climax, to counter gender violence, is both simplistic and misguided, one that’s shamelessly shocking and crowd-pleasing. Being unable to start a conversation — and making a shoddy movie while being at it — is one thing, diverting it into a completely different, and dangerous, realm is quite the other, which is almost unforgivable. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...Angry Indian Goddesses has a lot of anger in it but this anger is directed towards the attitudes held by people and not men as an entire group. Misogyny and patriarchy are discussed and denounced, and the film is very effective in sensitising you to the daily battles of women. This sensitization is perhaps what the Indian man needs to be given, not entitlement nor hate. Love and reason can make one empathise, you know. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Watch or Not?: Definitely watch! What makes this film extremely special is it’s strongly positive vibe while portraying pure friendship. It thoroughly strives by the sayings of ‘Friend in need’ and ‘Partners in crime’ minus all the ‘girly’ drama one would expect in it. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...However, for a film which dares to tell a new tale and uses a male protagonist (Arjun Mathur - reliable as ever) for just one scene with rest of the affair entirely focusing on the women in question, it is not a bad bargain after all. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Considering the treatment it got by the censor board, I don't know if Angry Indian Goddesses changes anything. Still, it's so good to see a film that revels in womanhood as much as this one. ... full review
Thumbs up, by JYothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: For its eclectic cast, fresh, free flowing style and spirited energy, the film is worth a watch for the performances and praise-worthy direction. - ... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...do watch it as a fun filled ‘women oriented’ film featuring some fabulous natural performances, that could have been a much more enjoyable enriching experience ... full review
So-So, by Preeti Kulkarni, Bollywood Life : ...Go, watch this film anyway for this is a very unlikely Hindi film coming your way. It is brilliant how the film manages to balance the deep-shit, intense situations with cool-ass, breezy moments! The film is a must watch for men and women alike. ... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...The most interesting thing about Pan Nalin’s film, however, is our Pujya Pahlaj Nihalani ji’s intervention to save the maryada and morality of all adult Indians who may go to watch this film. He has removed the words orgasm, dildo and, of course, the f-word. While chopping and muting and insisting on insertions, including blurring of the images of goddesses Lakshmi and Kali, Nihalaniji somehow missed the staggering irony of censoring what the female characters do and say in a film that’s about their rage against how men expect and tell them to dress, talk and behave. If for nothing else, watch this film to see how Nihalani has made five fine women actresses stammer at his command. ... full review
So-So, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...Ultimately, Angry Indian Goddesses is a decent watch as long as the fun lasts but tumbles downhill with gathering pace as the ‘anger’ kicks in. Watch it for its good acting, the director’s bravery in picking his premise and protagonists, but don’t expect a statement on feminism or a revolutionary Bollywood film’. You will be sorely disappointed. ... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...The tone shifts abruptly in the film’s final act when an incident triggers off its vigilante-motivated climax. It’s easy to see why Nalin may have chosen to articulate the film’s empowerment message, but it feels unmistakably manipulative and misguided. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...ut for an urban Indian woman watching this film, it is so overwrought that it makes for a tedious watch, in spite of the jumpy camerawork and frantic cutting in an attempt at edginess... full review
Thumbs down, by Lata Jha, Live Mint : ...The Guardian agrees that not much can stop this story from losing its way in the waves. A lot of the computer-generated effects are poor and the screenplay is mostly banal. By the film’s third act, the drama just begins to feel silly. Read more here ... full review
swatshere: Angry Indian goddesses... Fab!
Sanyumm: Angry Indian Goddesses was just wow. More power to women like you
r_laroia: 'Angry Indian Goddesses'- A fun movie made the evening wonderful! All women were incredible -It's abt friendship n friendship!
lkygrl18: Angry Indian Goddesses must be on your to do list for this weekend. We need more movies like this. #AIGtheFilm #AIGoutnow
FilmyNerd: Ok Angry Indian Goddesses is freaking awesome, yo girls i'll be disappointed if you'll don't watch it
dimpleteeee: Guys go watch angry Indian goddesses, it'll satisfy your feminist needs and also make you very very angry and emotional
chandnisethhi: Angry Indian Goddesses is one of the best movies of 2015. Absolutely delightful . A must watch.
blahssome: Many things to nit pick in Angry Indian Goddesses but it's very relevant. And very different from anything else. So worth a watch.
anishsin: Angry Indian Goddesses, a mostly fun sometimes touching portrayal of female bonding ruined by Censor boards deleting & beeping of cuss words
AliveIsAwesome: Dont miss to watch Angry Indian Goddesses.. U will surely like friends #aigoutnow
ahmedjibran7: Angry Indian Goddesses must watch for everyone. #AIGtheFilm #AIGoutnow
NandishChothani: 'Angry Indian Goddesses' review: A decent watch if you keep your expectations in check
CRICK3TKI: May be my expectations were too high. 'Angry Indian Goddesses' has disappointed me. Nevertheless, @sandymridul I love you, you nailed it!
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