Shab Reviews by Critics

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Shab Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ashish has an air of innocence about his presence that adds to the credibility of his character and makes his efforts shine through. Shab is a dark, haunting film about human emotions, relationships, love and betrayal that thrive in a rather opportunistic and materialistic world of Delhi’s elite society.

Shab Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Shab is a bit of A Life In A Metro, Fashion and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but at the same time, Onir can’t be blamed for writing this film seventeen years back. With the runtime of 108 minutes, the first half goes off slightly well, but the film loses its grip post interval, only to again pick the pace up towards the anti-climactic conclusion.

Shab Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Tandon in, what can be called, the second innings for her career, has chosen curious roles. This one barely calls upon her many skills and her character, while seemingly important, doesn’t seem tailored to her talents. Bengali actor Arpita Chatterjee’s Hindi film debut is a collective of blank faces. Her ceramic countenance could suggest her character’s disturbed mind space or just lack of effort. Also making his debut, Ashish Bisht would’ve been more suited to a character role but barely delivers in this meaty part.

Review by Reza Noorani on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Raveena Tandon, in her third film this year, doesn’t really stand out. There are moments when her performance is quite credible, but there are others’ when you think you’re looking at a rich socialite from Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Page 3’. While Ashish Bisht does look like your typical struggling model, his performance is relegated to that. Arpita Pal, Areesz Ganddi and Simon Frenay do have some chemistry between them, but as individual actors, they don’t make an impact.

Review by Tusshar Joshi on DNA India

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Shab will appease those wanting some meaningful cinema that dives deep into the psyche of the human mind and explores the contrasting complexities of relationships.

Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Yet Onir documents the most intimate facets of his characters lives with confounding distance. Blame it on the sloppy screenplay and flimsy characterisation, but not a single character elicits any sort of emotional response — good or bad. The conflicts are dispassionately resolved in Shab, shooting down its already negligible emotional quotient to nil. What lingers on in evasive, vague, plodding and forcibly melancholic.

Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Shab certainly isn’t without its share of flaws, but the deliciously cryptic style that it employs in the elucidation of intricate human relationships makes it an irresistibly intriguing tale. Watch it because Shab is a rare Hindi film that respects its audience and lets them to work their way through the maze.

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

There are interesting faces here. Newcomer Ashish Bisht playing a ‘desi’ boy desperate to become a model leaves an impression. He’s also the most detailed character, and a few things he does – picking up a godawful garment, using broken English to impress—is life-like. The others don’t fare so well. Raveena Tandon plays a rich man’s bored wife, but you wish her character had been written with more depth. Why is her marriage in the doldrums? Does her husband play the field, or is she by instinct a cougar? There’s a French guy ( Frenay) with a sad past, and a short-haired woman ( Chatterjee) with a fraught present, but again, they are drawn sketchily. A predatory gay mentor-to-hopeful-boys ( Suri) shows up. So does a man left hanging by a flighty boy-friend. All these are characters, fleshed properly, could have given us a film. But there’s simply not enough, and we remain uninvested, uninterested.

Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Surprisingly, Onir’s Delhi in SHAB appeared as a poor cousin of Mumbai (cafes, pubs at every place) which had a dark hangover of Madhur Bhandarkar’s PAGE 3. If Onir had restricted himself to the Mohan Sonal episode keeping the gay fashion designer Rohan (Raj Suri) for an interesting twist, SHAB could have been a watchable and a better film.

Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice

Rating: ★★★★☆

Shab is a gorgeous-looking film with a starcast that’s easy on the eyes. Raveena Tandon has never looked better. She brings a bewitching bitchiness to her lonely character’s part.Newcomer Ashish Bisht is not afraid to share his character’s ambition-prone humiliation.His natural rawness works well for his character.And Arpita Chatterjee …often her eyes express all of Raina’s pain. She is quite a discovery.

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  • After watching such movies …Come on Bollywood . See Punjabi and Telegu films, See their stories, screen play, dialogs, actors, low budget but optimum utilization. Sorry to say Bollywood is being beaten by Punjabi fims in North and Telegu Films in South

  • Why does this Maria keep posting the same thing all over. If u don’t like bollywood, u should buzz off please. Or try write something else in ur native language since u have exhausted all English dictionary.

  • I saw ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’? instead of Jagga Jasoos? Have kept it for weekdays, then will watch Apes again to get over it? Most Bollywood films are not worth going FDFS except that of top 4-5 superstars?

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