Coffee With D Review by Reza Noorani on The Times Of India
For a film that is a satirical take on news channels, it gets its facts askew for comedy’s sake, which is granted. Still, the TV channel shenanigans of Arnab are downplayed – you only see one scene in the studio, which is loud, forced and not really funny. There are funnier skits online. The first half is a weak build-up to the interview with D, which makes up the rest of the film. While the dialogue is clever in the interview, where D is seen as a masterful manipulator, it does drag and you find your attention wavering. Yet the climax does take you by surprise.
Coffee With D Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Sunil Grover provides a sensible touch to his Arnab, but fails miserably at humour, something he is really good at. Anjana Sukhani is at more ease than him. As a crime show loving high-on-hormones woman, she is the most natural of the lot. A caricatured D and his antics, coupled with bad sound designing, make Coffee With D end nowhere close to a fun film it could have been.
Coffee With D Review by Anusha Iyengar on Bollywood Life
Sunil Grover’s portrayal as Arnab Goswami will make sure you laugh your heads off. Rajesh Sharma, who plays the Chief Editor of the news channel, also delivers a funny and fairly decent performance. One thing that I really liked was that every time Sunil took a cigarette out in the film, there was a Smoking Kills message in the bottom right of the screen, which made him throw the cigarette rather than lighting it. Zakir Hussain’s performance stood out in the film. The film is entertaining in the first half as Arnab sets out to publishing a lot of false news about D to get him to agree for interview. It will actually remind you of the time Arnab Goswani had called Dawood’s landline in Karachi and claimed to speak to his wife. Remember? It was airing on the channel for a really long time.
Coffee With D Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
One, it seemed like a film that could be derived very well from at least two pictures from my favourite genres – “junkie” in a guilty pleasure kinda way, that would be Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘The Interview’ (2014); and journalism, hence Ron Howard’s ‘Frost/Nixon’ (2008). There’s also the lead actor, Sunil Grover, a class-act impersonator. In my view, he is the most talented man on Indian TV. And to top that, the film is centred on Dawood, who lends himself so beautifully to fiction as if he was a fictional character himself. Zakir Hussain plays Dawood, wearing dark glasses, even a rose-tinted one, like Rishi Kapoor in ‘D-Day’, and a thick, black moustache, as if the dreaded Mafiosi must have frozen in age since the camera spotted him at a Sharjah cricket match in 1987!
Review by Subhash K. Jha on NDTVMovies
Coffee With D is like an unfinished unpolished version of what could have been a rollicking run-in into a ruminative session between Indian’s biggest fugitive and loudest journalist. If only it had allowed more leg-space to lunge in the lap of the ludicrous.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
For a movie that’s barely two hours long, Coffee with D packs in high intensity torture in a short span of time. A supposed comic satire that hopes to mock the state of Indian news channels, this one manages little beyond lewd humour and tacky production values. It is a film where the lead decidedly mimics that infamous news anchor and inadvertently packs in a loose Shah Rukh Khan impression. While the world’s most wanted and feared don is, for some reason, portrayed as someone who can’t stop giggling. But given the grade of humour this film packs in, the giggles won’t translate beyond the screen. Their definition of hilarious is referring to the legendary action hero as ‘Sylvester Stollen’ and the photo sharing social network as ‘gram panchayat’. Even some B-grade films are more refined.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
A celebrity TV anchor called Arnab who thumps the table and shouts down a studio guest may have gone missing from prime time in real life, much to the dismay of those who think news television should be non-stop `tamasha’. If you’re missing him madly, I would have suggested you check out a me-too copy (Sunil Grover) in Coffee With D, also helpfully called Arnab. Except the film is un-sittable through: I did it so you wouldn’t have to, and I demand, in return, a splendid villa somewhere across the border and a box-full of cigars.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Writers like Aabhar Dadhich and directors like Vishal Mishra should revise/brush up their skills by referring/studying/observing some quality works from India and abroad to make a proper mark. During the final reels, Parul (Anjana Sukhani) the pregnant wife of the blabbermouth prime time news anchor Arnab Ghosh played by Sunil Grover in the film is reminded of the code of Journalisim ethics and he comes triumph in his ‘sensational’ interview with India’s most wanted D played by Zakir Hussain. The interview was the final attempt by the once most popular anchor Arnab’s (yes your guess is right, modeled on the same) to get his prime time ‘gaddi’ (slot) back. With a certain section of politicians and news debates going ridiculously unbearable day by day, this movie can serve as a weapon/threat to these torture machines, if they continue their pain and agony on us, COFFEE WITH D will be shown to them uninterrupted in a locked room for the betterment of the society and our country. This is the only way in which this flick COFFEE WITH D can serve better otherwise it’s an irksomely injurious experience for the ‘aam aadmi’.
Review by Namrata Thakker on Rediff
Coffee With D does not have a bad plot but it could do with a better on-screen translation. What lets down the film is the way it is executed and shot. The film’s music and dubbing too are disappointing. Performance wise, Sunil Grover is good but it’s Pankaj Tripathi (Nil Battey Sannata, Gangs Of Wasseypur) who stands out with his bang-on comic timing. He plays the dreaded don’s sidekick and has the funniest lines in the film. Zakir Hussain is decent but the ladies in the film have hardly anything to offer. Dipannita’s character is stereotypical and it seems the makers decided to cast her only to add some tadka to the film. There are a few more characters in the film but they fail to make any impression. If you have got absolutely nothing to do this weekend, you could consider watching this film. Honestly, though, I would prefer watching Sunil Grover on The Kapil Sharma Show instead.
Coffee With D Review by News18
The film doesn’t involve you, it just flows. It has its own versions of how news channels function. The filmmakers didn’t really utilise the theme to its full potential and ended up with offering viewers a 2-hour-running time full of loopholes and cliche-driven dialogues, courtesy which you’ll find your attention and focus constantly deviating. To opt a theme impersonating a real-life don and a high-profile journalist maybe a brave attempt but in this case, it’s neither successful nor entertaining.
Coffee With D Review by Indiaglitz
Director could have made this movie much better. Sunil Grover starts his act by aping the real life journalist Arnab Goswami and later gets his right momentum only in the middle portions of the film. Dipannita Sharma is highly wasted and her track was totally unwanted. Anjana Sukhani was fine in her part, but had nothing concrete to deliver. ‘Coffee with D’ instead of leaving a refreshing effect, leaves you with snigger effect due to some good comical moments which gets ruined due to bad muting and dull first half.
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