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Shorgul Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Directors Jitendra Tiwari and Pranav Kumar Singh make a great deal of noise about humanity being the biggest religion, but they show no mercy at all to the medium that they have chosen for the purpose of making the point. The quality of the acting is disorienting in its inconsistency. While Ashutosh Rana and Jimmy Shergill do their very best to inject some life into the film, the lead actress is a letdown, to say the least. Shorgul is so horridly ham-handed that it merits no rating as a film. But for the statement that it strives to make, no matter how feebly and incoherently, it deserves one star. And that is all it’s worth.
Shorgul Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Lack of resources can be blamed for dubious sets, but unintentional screaming can’t pass off as acting, not all the time. There is an overflowing love for melodrama that goads the characters to talk unto eternity, even when stating the obvious. While Jimmy, Hiten and Jha shine in patches, their roles are frivolous and crave substance, making Shorgul a lost opportunity. If you aren’t familiar with what happened in 2013, or were looking for a new perspective on the incident, Shorgul isn’t for you. The movie is a disappointment.
Shorgul Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Casting is another highlight. Hiten Tejwani plays a besotted young man, whose only purpose in the film is to look awkward and deflect any attack on his girl onto himself. Eijaz Khan as a college student is as believable as the fake scar on his neck. Then there is the debutant heroine who looks like Sonakshi Sinha’s irritating cousin. All she does is smile gratingly, cry buckets and run all around the place with her arms flailing. Unfortunately for us, it’s her we have to bear for the entire runtime.
Shorgul Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
The performances are earnest, especially Jimmy Sheirgill and Ashutosh Rana. You’ll find yourself deeply engrossed in their war of words and clash of ideas. But the film doesn’t deserve such heartfelt acting. Every time you try to invest in their characters, the director shifts your attention to a loud Hiten Tejwani (who looks every bit like his brooding character from the daily soap Kutumb). Actress Suha Gezen is a misfit and bites into more than she can chew. Given that she is the central character, her performance is the film’s weakest link. In a pivotal scene, she stands surrounded by dead bodies, screaming for help in an overdramatic (read -laughable) manner.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The fact that most of the characters seem to be based on real life politicians might provoke your curiosity (Ranjit Om is allegedly based on Sangit Som, Alam Khan is based on Azam Khan, Chief Minister Mithilesh is based on Akhilesh Yadav) and so on and so forth. However, in the absence of a powerful storyline and an impressive screenplay, such gimmicks are bound to make the film fall flat on its face and this is exactly what happens with Shorgul. Also, the fact that the second half seems to go on and on, adds to your frustration.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
There’s potential to begin with. A luckless Hindu-Muslim romance. Weapons changing hands. Leaders readying to grab power at any cost. A ‘ghar-waapsi’ situation. We even hear people mention such incendiary words as ‘gau mata’, so loaded that just their utterance can cause a fatal conflagration. But despite all this, and the fact that the film touches upon how tenuous life can be, Shorgul is reduced to a clichéd melodrama with its bloody clashes between the sword-wielding `Musalmaans’ and `trishul-dhaari’ Hindus.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The dialog is so terrible and cliched you can predict it. You know which characters are going to die. So horribly cliched are the sets, you know it’s a Muslim house because it has green walls. All the actors sleepwalk through their roles because you have seen them before in many movies doing the same thing. And no matter how blue the Pretty Chirpy Muslim Girl’s eyes are, Ashutosh Rana’s mooches win the two hour sixteen minute battle for attention hands down.
Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
The film’s biggest star is the screenplay by Jitendra Tiwari. The screenplay follows a join-the-dots, cause-and-effect structure – each small conflict gives way to something bigger and serves to further the plot. However, the film loses steam once the riot begins. Because, now the filmmakers are probably confused as to how to tie the several threads together, how to round up all the character arcs, etc. Thus, the film drags a good fifteen minutes longer than it should.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana’s decent act is the only creditable point in this movie which is wobbly directed and lacks depth in its narration and characters. Dialogues are so routine like it seems we are watching a loud debate on TV. Other actors just sign the muster and technicalities are just passable. SHORGUL is nothing but a hopeless political drama that gets played on our T.V. Channels just to fill the slot.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
It is sad to see actors like Jimmy Sheirgill and Ashutosh Rana wasted in a film that is too wishy-washy to deal with a topic of this kind, and a good enough story to narrate. Narendra Jha, who plays Om’s mama, is effective. Hiten Tejwani is pleasing to look at and gives a convincing performance. But the other actors (especially Gezen) has a long way to go before she tackles an emotional role of this kind. The director seemed to be too taken up by her beauty and the camera kept lingering on her face for too long to worry about her acting capabilities. Surprisingly Sanjay Suri who plays the CM, Mithilesh Yadav is too stiff.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on News18
‘Shorgul’, for the most part, has been reduced to a clichéd-driven film trying hard to give away a message of peace but ends up losing its essence amid its complicated narrative. Rana shines in this political fiasco covering up for over-the-top performances of other actors. It’s only Rana’s dialogue delivery that keeps bringing you back to the loosely weaved story. Sheirgill is impressive with his words but one feels that he should have been given more screen time. Running-crying-blushing; Gezen will often remind you of a heroine from the 60s era which by the way, doesn’t work well for the film. While Tejwani’s acting takes you back to his daily soap days, Khan’s cameo will leave you wishing for more of him!
Shorgul Review by Nabilah Husain on Rediff
Ashutosh Rana and Jimmy Sheirgill are impressive and play their roles convincingly. Newcomer Suha Gezen ends up overacting or crying in most of the scenes. She is the weakest link among all the performances. All in all, Shorgul had the potential to be a great movie but directors Jitendra Tiwari and P Singh seem lazy and incompetent.
Shorgul Review by Arnab Banerjee on Deccan Chronicle
Instead, the dramatisation of events insipidly tries to answer a few questions. Considering the film’s impressive cast and compelling message, I was willing to cast aside many downers that the film’s narrative is saddled with. But couldn’t overcome its preachy didactic and facile dramatisation of quite a few nuanced real-life tales. Both Rana and Shergill are competent and could force you to admire them as they try to add some heft to the proceedings. Wish there was enough laudable meat to this saga that seems to have misfired!
Shorgul Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Veteran Ashutosh Rana is mostly contained and Jimmy Shergill is controlled in his insults. But Turkish debutant Suha Gezen is a bit too loud by average sonic standards of someone grieving multiple setbacks. A highoctane dialogue in the film reinstates the supposed moral of the film, “Dangon mein Hindu ya Mulasmaan nahin marta, insaniyat marta hain.” While this is true, watching this film till the very end can be terminal for audiences of all religions too.
Shorgul Review by IANS on Zeenews
With a strong screenplay and astute direction, the film is a perfect example of good intention of bad direction by the duo, causing the film to go awry. Confusion reigns supreme somewhere, as the film progresses in time, but goes nowhere as a narrative. Violence, incitement and vengeance takes precedent over everything else. Reputed actors like Ashutosh Rana, Jimmy Sheirgill and Narendra Jha, essay their roles with sincerity and conviction, but fail to salvage the film. Debutante Suha Gezen is over dramatic and a miscast, in a role which offers tremendous scope to perform. Hiten Tejwani and Anirudh Dave are earnest as the lovers in the love triangle and Anirudh’s plight, tugs at your heart strings. The songs are situational, dwelling upon on the emotions of the moment and add nothing to the narrative. The riot scenes are generic, lengthy and chaotic making the entire experience tedious and boring. Considering the subject had tremendous potential if well-handled, “Shorgul” makes noise, which all hear, but no one listens to.
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