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A Gentleman Review by Indicine
Raj and DK get their magic working once and again, more and less to the same extent which made 99 work on so many levels. The first half of A Gentleman takes time to set up the lives and the stories of all the characters but it is after the interval which thrusts the movie into next gear. A Gentleman can get quite jarring and boring during all the prolonged action scenes but the comedic scenes and the light hearted treatment of the movie keeps the movie very entertaining throughout. Raj and DK do a good job with making the type of film they wanted to.
A Gentleman Review by Bollywood Hungama
Sidharth Malhotra however is apt for the role. He is convincing as the ‘sundar’, ‘susheel’ Gaurav as well as the risky Rishi. Both avatars are well essayed and he is good even in action scenes. Jacqueline Fernandez looks sizzling and has an interesting character. But she doesn’t get to do much and it’s only from the middle of the second half that she gets embroiled in the madness. Suniel Shetty is wasted. He deserved more screen time and could have made for a great villain. Darshan Kumaar however has a crucial part and gives an impressive performance. RajitKapur and Supriya Pilgaonkar (Kavya’s parents) are decent. Amit Mistry (Jignesh) and Hussain Dalal (Dikshit) raise loads of laughs.
A Gentleman Review by Sreehari Nair on Rediff
In A Gentleman, we see very little of that early promise and too much involvement of the pressure groups. This film is a nose gay for Studio Filmmaking. It’s a good example of what happens when talented filmmakers sell their souls. Snorkeling off their basic gagster sensibility, Raj and DK’s A Gentleman is pitched as a celebration and satire of spy movies.
A Gentleman Review by Harshada Rege on DNA India
The screenplay falters. Especially in the second half, where it loses steam and begins to drag a bit. But the film’s main problem is in its predictability. You know the twist from the first scene and obviously, everyone can gauge the ending from the film’s trailer. The songs are scattered and instead of adding more flavour, do the opposite. Rajit Kapoor and Supriya Pilgaonkar are wasted. The ending seems abrupt and out of place too. The chemistry between the lead pair is far from what was expected. Even their steamy scene doesn’t really heat things up.
A Gentleman Review by Samrudhi Ghosh on India Today
The action sequences are sleek and stylish, but sometimes feel like a drag. The songs are catchy, but do nothing to take the narrative forward. One, in particular, springs on you rather suddenly and inexplicably. Sidharth and Jacqueline are at a karaoke bar for an office party, and just as he is about to get booed off the stage for not-at-all-engaging singing attempt, he bursts into the catchy Chandralekha. Okay, then. Flaws aside, A Gentleman makes for an entertaining watch. If a not-too-serious, masala film is your ideal weekend watch, then this film does not disappoint.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
First half is gripping but the second half is slightly lose which could have been more crisp. Once the mystery unfolds then there is nothing much left to see till the climax. The highlight of the film is its high octane action on the streets of Bangkok and Miami which looks real. The car chasing sequences are shot well. Dialogues are quirky and funny.
Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
The film’s lead pair will also keep your eyes on the screen. Sidharth plays the two parts with distinctive skills and puts his charm to good use. Jacqueline’s sincerity is palpable and she makes for a breezy addition here. Hussain Dalal provides comic relief and Darshan Kumar’s one-tone villainous act is satisfactory. The film would have been a perfect entertainer had it held its cards closer to its chest. However, it still has plenty bang for your buck.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Accompanying Malhotra is Fernandez playing a good-looking, good-natured ditz. There’s also a crooked defence minister, a bent spy-meister, a middle-aged couple looking for a suitable groom for their daughter, and a bunch of gun-toting fellows all after our hero. Some of the proceedings, especially the light-hearted banter between Malhotra and his colleague, played by Dalal, are fun: that’s when you see the skills of the directors being utilized fully. And while we are fully O-ding on the eye-candy on display (there’s ample evidence that Malhotra and Fernandez both possess washboard abs, and other whistle-worthy attributes), we also wish that there was some more comic-book energy in the plot, which keeps sliding and slowing.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The screenplay is peppered with scenes of romantic banter between the lead pair and ominous confrontations between the hero and his pursuers. The hero, in both avatars, delivers witty lines without batting an eyelid and the heroine responds in kind and then some. But despite the footage that Jacqueline Fernandez gets, the character she essays does not evolve into a woman of substantial significance. Not to be left behind, the baddies too attempt to don comic cloaks. Unfortunately, the all-round cheerfulness is to no avail: it cannot brighten up a pretty but rather dull film.
Review by Shantanu David on News18
Jacqueline has gotten quite a bit of flak over her body of work (pun unintended). However, while she definitely ornaments the visuals of this film, as Gaurav’s colleague Kavya, she also seems to have found her metier with a comic timing that rivals US sitcom fan favorites. And speaking of finding one’s metier, Suniel Shetty makes for a brilliant rogue militant leader. His character’s motivation in this particular film is money rather than inter-country politics, but woh hain na. And when it comes to Sidharth, well. He still gives out a nice-guy vibe, whether he’s murdering inept but harmless policemen or stopping the murder of his paramour. He’s basically India’s Martin Freeman (Watson in BBC’s Sherlock). And you can see him as both the dull Gaurav and deadly Rishi. He’s a nice guy; no wonder Kavya’s parents love him, despite some misconceptions. In conclusion, this is a gentleman you can introduce to friends as well as family.
Review by Gaurang Chauhan on Bollywood Life
A Gentleman is neither ‘Sundar’ nor ‘Susheel’ but turns out to be a ‘Risky’ affair for Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez. The film has nothing going in its favour and can be easily avoided. In plain and simple words – It’s Boring.
Review by Mohar Basu on Mid-Day India
This film is such a waste of good looking people who could have made a funnier film than this. Full marks to the art director for the picture perfect sets and music composer, for the groovy music. I was pleasantly whisked away, seeking solace in pretty little cushions while some semi-hot men went all blazing guns on each other. And, damn, I did feel bad for the couch which was in tatters by the end of a crossfire. It cannot be a good thing that I was investing so much on inanimate things. I miss the Raj & DK of Go, Goa, Gone, and their films where gags come flying your way fast and quick. There was a threadbare plot in that one too, but at least it was clever. This is just a snoozefest, all the way.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Barely 10 minutes into the film and it’s obvious that Sidharth Malhotra has picked up what it takes to be an action hero and his performance will surprise many. Agreed this one focuses on the blows and keeps the emotional scenes to bare minimum but the actor has surely come a long way from the poker-faced model in Student of the Year. Being the face of an action-packed-Mission-Impossible-esque thriller has been aspirational for many in Hindi cinema. But given the opportunity, most have reduced the genre to Agent Vinods or equivalents. Despite offered to essay a dispensable character; Jacqueline channels her inner bond girl, even throwing in a pole jig for good measure. That her character has a thing for speeding allows her a chance to get into the action. The forgotten Suneil Shetty tries to channel much evil but barely manages to lace his character with any intimidation. But to see the actor on the big screen after long only proves that he has reversed the ageing process.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
First half moves decently with a jolt coming just before the interval pushing your expectations to higher level but it turns out to be a soda water fizz. The team of Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and Sita Menon credited to the story has nothing beyond the title and the initial introduction to add any more novelty to this film. Demanding a degree of suspension of your beliefs every now and then, the second half turns into a mess. You see scenes like Sidharth Malhotra having Ching’s noodles after a vigorous workout… this is how forced branding, packaging kills your film. Scoring high points in technical finesse and elegantly choreographed action sequences, Raj & DK fail to impress this time. The narration is feeble and fails in maintaining the excitement of the audience.
Review by IANS on Sify
Sidharth, as the quintessential good boy Gaurav and the rustic and reckless Rishi, performs with conviction and slips into each avatar distinctively. His screen presence and the way he has delivered the high-octane action scenes are a treat to watch. However, it is the poor script that is his undoing. Jaqueline Fernandez manages to look like the smart and hip Indian girl settled in Miami that she is touted to be. She has good comic timing and makes a sincere attempt to be the character. Her pole dance, albeit short, makes for good viewing. Suneil Shetty, after a long hiatus, disappoints terribly with his dead-pan dialogue delivery and desperate attempt to look menacing and macho, as ‘Colonel.’
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The action takes us from Miami to Bangkok and Mumbai to Goa, but it remains predictable. In fact the motorbike chase is so generic, it is almost boring. Parkour has become a must, whether the movie is big budget Bollywood or small town, small budget hit and kill movie. The music too is shoulder shrug inducing strictly okay, and you will remember nothing but the refrain ‘Bandkook meri laila’. The story after a while seems to be too convoluted as if the filmmakers did not think beyond ‘we will have one bechara hero and one bond’ and need to join loose ends. Not that you will hate this film, but you don’t want to watch it again soon.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Indeed, the narrative derives it energy from its elaborately conceived action scenes. These, ironically also suck the life and breath out of the characters making them look robotic and over-groomed. Nonetheless the co-directors manage to pull off an engaging film, more remarkable for its isolated but striking sense of upwardly-mobile aesthetics than for instilling habitable emotions in its characters. More often than not, the film seems a vehicle to promote Sidharth Malhotra’s versatility… his performing range goes right from A to C…the rest of the alphabet be damned. His co-star is struck in a 144-expressions-per-frame time warp.
Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews
Raj and DK’s direction was outstanding during the climax. This kind of action is what B-Town deserves. Cinematography and production of the flick were a treat to eyes in bits and pieces. As an album, the music of ‘A Gentleman’ is good. But, when it comes to adjusting the songs in the screenplay, it seemed a bit flawed. At the end, I would just like to say that ‘A Gentleman’ is something that you won’t regret watching. It will serve you – glamour, action, drama and even comedy. So, if you are planning a film outing this weekend, ‘A Gentleman’ isn’t a bad choice at all. Sid and Jackie will surely impress you.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
Siddharth Malhotra does reasonably well as both Gaurav and Rishi. He has his own style of merging with his surrounding, whethere it is a dreary office meeting or a covert spy operation. This unfortunately, could also mean that if he doesn’t evolve, he will loose screen presence. To elaborate, in the scenes with Jacqueline Fernandez, or for that matter even Hussain Dalal, they own the screen.
Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times
The film starts on a rather understated, but flashy note – foreign locations, characters flaunting designer clothes and fake accents, cliched characterisation and very predictable sequences. However, A Gentleman picks up the pace and the juxtaposition of the two Sidharths makes it an engaging to watch, if not entirely gripping.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
There’s no unnecessary melodrama and that’s one of the redeeming qualities of A Gentleman. However, the songs that are inserted in between explosive action sequences serve no particular purpose. While it’s charming to watch Fernandez’ flexibility on a pole, the attempt to mix action and romance isn’t always successful here. Villains, played by actor Darshan Kumar and Shetty, are unwittingly cartoonish and are weighed down by corny dialogues. The film relies heavily on Malhotra’s brooding good-looks to do the heavy lifting. Barring a few well-executed action sequences and witty exchange between Malhotra and his mate at work, the film leaves you unmoved. Watch this film if you are looking for voyeuristic delight featuring two attractive people spar and fight the world for a stupid cause.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Sidharth, who has given above average performances in films such as Brothers and Kapoor And Sons, lets us down rather badly with his roles here. Though he is somewhat tolerable as ‘good boy’ Gaurav, he fails to pull off the toughie Rishi with the kind of style and élan that the character required. Jacqueline is quite easy on the eyes, but fails to do anything much in the acting department. Suniel Shetty has a powerful screen presence, but seems utterly disinterested in his role while Darshan Kumaar as the second baddie Yakub offers able support. As for the film is concerned, I cannot deny that it has a few interesting moments, especially the scene when the truth behind Gaurav and Rishi is unveiled, but overall, the film sorely lacks the entertainment value of a 99 or a Go Goa Gone. Like mentioned earlier, the film comes across as a poor man’s version of a Hollywood action extravaganza and to top it all, the action scenes are pretty average. In a film like this, if the plot is not gripping enough, having some kick-ass action scenes really help, but over here, even that has not been executed properly.
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