wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
Not even one of those "so bad that it's good" films.Read more
When you walk into a film called "The Xposé" and you know the word will stand for both skin-show and a big reveal equally, you aren't really walking in with too many expectations. I actually look forward to a line or two that will entertain/engage or at the very least amuse me. No such luck.
Oh wait, Himesh Reshammiya's character Ravi is so obnoxious that it is amusing, till he gets annoying. But, till then, I was in awe of the person who thought of such an arrogant style for the protagonist. So, I am not rooting for the character, who is supposedly mean for the good. I don't care who he falls in love with and what he is willing to do for her.
Considering it is a murder mystery, you'd think you are made to care about the victim. But, you are asked, neigh begged, to judge her negatively from the first frame she shows up in. And when the big "expose" happens, you don't care either. Sure, the writer has tried hard to make it a huge reveal, but it just doesn't matter enough.
In addition, it goes overboard in increasing the tension. Yes, additional drama in terms of slo-mo scenes and dramatic background score. But, also story-wise it goes says more than once, "not over yet, there's more."
The performances are as perfunctory as they can get. To rub salt into the wound, you have Irrfan Khan doing a voiceover. The setting of the 70s doesn't work at all. The songs, well has either, Yo Yo Honey Singh or Himesh Reshammiya as their singer. So, there's no looking for respite there.
The sliver lining is - it is a short film. And that it has come out on a day where people are generally, likely to care about it even less than usual - let alone read its review.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle : ...The background music goes well with the intense scenes adding more drama to the plot, which is full of twists towards the end. Himesh version 2.0 as an actor will change your opinion about him.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well, if you like Himesh Reshammiya's music and enjoy good masala entertainer then this movie won't disappoint you. It's not a masterpiece or a realistic type of cinema with good research work over its periodic settings as its sole purpose is to entertain its masala movie loving audiences. Would recommend the intellectual audiences to stay away from this movie. As for all others who were not expecting anything from this movie, 'The Xpose' turns out to be shockingly entertaining and apt for its targeted audience.... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K. Jha, NDTV : ...So who said the world of the make-believe had to follow any rules? Yup, there is no business like show business. This whodunit means business. The suspense drama is bright, bouncy,believable and entertaining.... full review
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, THE XPOSE is a decently-crafted vintage musical-thriller that keeps you guessing about the identity of the murderer all through. An entertaining outing for fans of atypical Bollywood-style murder mysteries... full review
So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ... The production design is over the top and the costumes bizarre. The music—not bad. This could have been a thriller with a retro look, but it ended up as a as an unintentionally amusing comic caper. But to be fair, it wasn’t boring.... full review
So-So, by Suprateek Chatterjee, FirstPost : ...Simply put – and I’m sorry to disappoint everyone who thought this would be the next Jaani Dushman – The Xposé is surprisingly watchable, even in a non-ironic manner.... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The dialogues are audience rousing no doubt and the music inveigles its way into your mind (even if you don’t want it to). The first half tries to emulate the flamboyance and colour of Baz Luhrman’s ‘the Great gatsby’ but can manage only an insipid, artifice laden visual engagement. Mahadevan is deft in his craft and doesn’t allow time for any questioning of logic. There are plenty of loopholes scattered around the narrative but the high entertainment levels keep you engaged enough to overlook them. This is not a masterpiece or even a great thriller-romance. It’s just a passably entertaining one!... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...the very fact that as a viewer you can't quite comprehend what's in store right till the time it is finally unveiled is what makes The Xpose a good watching experience.... full review
So-So, by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror : ...Honey Singh proves to be mildly competent, thereby not fitting into the scheme. Still, this is nothing that can't be overcome with a rowdy gang of friends and pre-screening tequila shots. 3 stars for the entertainment. Note that the final rating is the Arithmetic Mean-still two more than the number of stars in the film. ... full review
So-So, by Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood : ... I really hope good days will be here again when musicians churn out hit scores for films and leave acting to those who can. This film is sure to sink without a trace and you have already given enough of your time reading this ode to it. I suggest go for it only if you have seriously nothing else to do. ... full review
So-So, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Sonali is stunning and impressive, Zoya makes a pretty picture and Yo Yo is best when he's grooving. Himesh slips well into his character, with quirkiness and confidence. This is far from a mind-bending thriller, but a decent effort which has some good 'ol masala to keep you entertained. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Now reading the above references, you can sure enjoy the film more, recalling each and every incident as they come on the screen. But in case you are just interested in watching a thrilling murder mystery using your grey cells, then watch Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s KHAMOSH (1985) instead. Because in THE XPOSE it seems the makers were more interested in the controversies than the murder mystery.... full review
Thumbs down, by Avinash Lohana , Bollywood Life : ...In a nutshell, The Xpose is nothing like the suspense films made in the ’60s. The dialogues of the film is the only saving grace which are available on YouTube too, so why waste money in theatres? Himesh has done a decent job, though there is still much scope of improvement. Overall don’t sulk if you miss the film. It’s not worth it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kritika Deval, Fully Hyderabad : ...In all, the only reason you should actually pay to watch this one is if you're high, have a designated driver, and want a cool place to wait it out. You'll laugh, but maybe not for reasons that the makers intended. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...With little merit in the film, we're more interested in seeing the featurette on the making of the film. Was Himesh really haughty like Ravi Kumar on the sets? Did he really believe he is a superhero? That's the film we want to see. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...If they had maintained the tone, ‘The Xpose’ would have been a hoot. But songs get stuffed in, a love angle slows things, and it gets stuck in cop stations and courts. They should have just kept the cheese thick. Here’s a sampler, from early in the film. A producer tells an aspirant : “na dance na expression na pose, sirf xpose!”. Classic. Nothing more would have been needed.... full review
Thumbs down, by Koimoi Team, koimoi : ...If you are going for the film hoping to catch up on some suspense thriller, The Xpose will surely disappoint you. It is a half baked attempt at creating a scandalous 60s era with underlined themes of sex, infidelity and murder. With tongue-in-cheek dialogues, I found the film unsuccessful at creating suspense. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY : ...In case you’re looking for plain entertainment, this extravagant endeavour won’t disapppoint. So who do you want to see the film for? Himesh or Honey? The choice is entirely yours... full review
Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...Do not get me wrong. I must say The Xpose is a complete paisa-vasool project. It was one of the rarest of its kind - the so bad that it's fantastic! I suggest go and watch it alone. You might make some new friends in the theater while laughing hollow at the film. A ticket is after all really inexpensive in comparison to new friendships!... full review
Thumbs down, by Nishi Tiwari., Rediff : ...There is nothing new, story wise, to speak of and it is eventually reduced to a desperately stylised murder mystery with its single dimensionally dysfunctional and ditzy characters, jazzy music, dark glasses and trench coats, random slo-mo action sequences and what have you. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...You can watch the film for the visual chutzpah, a sprinkling of interesting behind-the-scenes moments, and the intermittent unintentional laugh. But honestly, enduring the rest of the film for that, is a stretch. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Somdatta Sen, Star Blockbuster : ...Dear Himesh, We know musicians can be actors but there are other trends worth following. We have always had enough good actors but not half as much musicians. Please reconsider. ... full review
Yuvrajsingh877: Best movie The Xpose
viveksi88127089: saw movie the xpose. nice dramatic suspense. need to appreciate himeshji. the film had made well occupancy in theater.
vicramb: Vokay. Finally done with The Xpose. Whattay movie. Damn! Bloody hilarious. Best comedy of this year
UfaceSRKian: Himesh version 2.0 as an actor will change your opinion about him. Brilliant movie and performances. #TheXpose
thexpose_himesh: The one thing i miss in #thexpose is pace ! But made with honesty keeping the things as they r ! Unique movie
talha6432: Dard dilo k kam ho jatay me or tm gr hm ho jate me or tm gr hm ho jate Nice movie(THE XPOSE)
SaalaDilliwala: I congratulate Mr. #Himesh Reshammiya on being the most integral factor behind the greatness of #TheXpose . This movie is an experience.
ritikarrao: I Might Sound Like An Idiot But Really The Xpose Is An Awesome And Timepass Movie!!! The Xpose Nahi Dekha Toh Kya Dekha Ahahahhaa
MeNIHALKDALWAI: The xpose is an awesome movie... Faadu dialogues, luks like 1st hit film of Himesh bhai as hero ... Must watch
Khan16Aman: #The Xpose very cool Film ;-)
JemAmansSis4Eva: 2nd day of #TheXposé ! Must go & watch :) You will surely love it !! ♥♥ @TheXposeFilm http://twitter.com/JemAmansSis4Eva/status/467448950677467136/photo/1
HimeshRfanclub: The Xpose Rocks! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=982493638462533
GoyalJeevan: The Xpose is GREAT movie and @HimeshOfficial is awesome.
gopalvats4u: Awesome Movie... The Xpose.. Nice Acting by Himesh & Honey....:)
fahd_masood: #TheXpose a good watch
dhaivatraval: All my followers Go & Watch The Xpose .. its a entertaining film with suspense + faadu dialogues + path breaking music
curentbollynews: #TheXpose doing well,A must watch
chaitanyaishq: TheXpose - Day 2 rush to theaters for this awesome movie ...HR rocks
bhoi_ashu: Watched #TheXpose Superb dialogues, styling, perfomance by every character especially #Himesh #intelligent #MurderMystery @TheXposeFilm
Bajao_Ghanta: Fantastic movie the xpose maza aa gaya
BachhavAmit: The Xpose nice movie
AyushVasant: 'The Xpose' awsum movie
Ansh_Rathore: Himesh Reshamiya is back and he’s back with a bang! The Xpose will surprise you.
Amitjeeeee: The Xpose is fast-paced and has hit music and lovely dialogues as its plus points.
Amber_Razor: Awesome movie #The_Xpose Awesome #Intimacy Gorgeous #Zoya_Afroz — feeling naughty
alphabhat: Just go to the theatres nearby you and watch #TheXpose .. You will enjoy every minute of it
alecebhattarai: Nice film the expose awesme dialog
RAM_BangaRAM: #TheXpose #RamReview : Its A Good Thriller But Little Bit Boring !! HR Music Good & Good Screenplay !! Time Pass Flick!! #RamRating : 2.75/5
ofnosurnamefame: While it still is tough seeing Himesh Reshammiya as a hero, The Xpose isn't half as bad as one would expect it to be. We have seen worse.
Just_Sheryl: So The Xpose gets 2.5 stars.......Himesh's Dialogues as Ravi Kumar........
chaosparticle: This might surprise some of you but The Xpose' was not a bad film.
BeingShimSid: Watched #TheXpose starts with a Bang But ends with a Bhandh entertaining Musical Thriller...
WaggishCA: Not only did "The Xpose" suck, it blew chunks, bit the big one, and then came back and sucked again.
Upooorv: Not to brag or something but I can make a better movie than The Xposé.
UntamedBachelor: I need Mathematics experts to invent a number that is lower than all the existing numbers so that I can accurately rate The Xpose
Ujwal_khadka1: Don't waste your time & money by watchng shit like #thexpose
TheUnrealKING: Jai ho > #TheXpose .. Wait actually both r equally crap..
TheRohitPathak: #TheXpose is a chutiya film. Bakwas Story, Bakwas Direction, Bakwas Music and Bakwas Acting! Waste of money!! ★★☆☆☆ http://twitter.com/TheRohitPathak/status/467511080944562176/photo/1
tan_O: I watch the xpose and question my sanity!
SyedaKazmi110: The Xpose mahaaa bakwaAas #Movie :/
supRohan: The Xpose was actually a wasted film
splendidakshay: #TheXposé Who is the murderer ? Solid confusion hai? Watch the movie u will be more confused again! Hahaha @ananthmahadevan u rockd (y)
smartmanas: when i asked for #TheXpose tickets, the girl who books it had a dirty smile on her ugly face... i knew the reason later.
RoutingViruses: 'The Expose' shows how you convert a horror movie into a comic one
RKKeyur: There is nothing bad than the Xpose and new We Chat Ad :p :3
RjDhrumil: As an Indian citizen I request to send #TheXpose for #Oscars ;p :p HaHaHaHa Can't handle it anymore
RedFMIndia: We are at a point where we are asking random people-'Yaar yeh movie mein kya ho raha hai?' Everyone is clueless! #TheXpose #LiveTweetReview
radiochatter: Dimag ko hua traas.. Picture thi itni bakwaas.. Koun banaya ye.. Bheje ko shot The Expose
pranavm_0891: 'The Xpose' Movie Is Still Running In Theaters All Over The Country.. Kahaan Hai Acche Din?
poojalapasia: Survived 'The Xpose', what a nothing of a movie. Though Himesh bhai \m/. I need to lie down for a while now.
Lohapurush: I SURVIVED THE XPOSE! WHERE IS MY BRAVERY AWARD?!
jaythak67687133: On the whole the expose is high glamour and style but low on content the film doesn't stand Le dooba honey Singh ko himesh hahaha
Imshri09: #TheXpose has been watched... Not an interesting story... better to skip this movie :)
imMDP: #TheXpose : What a brilliant film it was!!! Shocked!!!!!? Me too... I don't know, why my friends aksed me to go... https://www.facebook.com/RJMaulaMovieReviews/posts/677038069010826
iapundir: Today i watched The Xpose...now feeling sever headache
gradwolf: Thoughts on the fantastically boring The Xpose http://gradwolf.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-xpose/
cinemawaali: And now I know someone who spent 400 bucks on a single ticket to watch The Xpose! Hail Himesh Reshammiya's suroor.
Bawara_Mann: #TheXpose ko dekh ke lagta hai ki #Himesh ko Roti nahi sirf Struggling mili hai
BanarasiGunda: इतनी ओवर एक्टिंग है #TheXpose में की आपका माथा ख़राब हो जायेगा। ऊपर से फिल्म के डाईलाग इतने घटिया की मुह से गाली ही निकलती है।
avinash16: Another cult classic after Gunda, The Expose
asjadnazir: Was there a "This Movie Could Be Injurious To Your Health..." warning before The Xpose started? #TheXpose #HimeshStopActing (please)
AramushaHime: The Xposé is one of the worst movies of the decade.... not that anybody cares
amishah0505: Watched #TheXpose. Highly Entertaining - Na Dance.. Na Expression.. Na Pose.. Only EXPOSE. Janta ne Ek Bhi Mauka Nahi Choda Hasne Ka!
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