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Bollywood Diaries Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
When you chase your dreams, how far is too far? Director KD Satyam gets ambitious with his story, which has its heart in the right place, but fails to mould it into something impactful. Bollywood Diaries is one of those rare films that you would want to invest in but the half-baked narrative is not successful in holding your attention. It is adequate but not evocative enough.
Bollywood Diaries Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Bollywood Diaries is somewhat different in that it isn’t the story of a single individual. It weaves three separate, unrelated tales into a single narrative tapestry, flitting seamlessly from one to the other to highlight what happens when reverie gets the better of reason. On the plus side, Bollywood Diaries has a unique texture that blends the firmly commonplace with the overly flighty.
Bollywood Diaries Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Three rather interesting stories, but when they start rolling, you realise that the three stories are not going to be connected at all. They could easily be shorts just put together and edited event by event to look as though these were parallel events.
Bollywood Diaries Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham
BOLLYWOOD DIARIES is an honest film with a great connect, and although the build-up gives you that disjointed feeling, it packs a punch towards the end. If there has been a time in your life when you had harbored hopes of being a part of Bollywood, or still wanting to make it big in Bollywood, then this movie is definitely for you.
Review by Namrata Thakker on Rediff
Bollywood Diaries captures the struggles of these three protagonists, and how they deal with failure. Though the film has its heart in the right place, it’s too slow and predictable. But yes, there are moments in the film that are absolutely heart-wrenching. The music is surprisingly good. Performance wise, all the actors have played their parts well but it’s Ashish Vidyarthi who totally nails the role. Bollywood Diaries is a good attempt but fails to pack a solid punch.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Ashish Vidyarthi and Raima Sen are flawless in their roles. Salim Diwan could have done much better with his emotional act. The pain of unfulfilled wishes and broken dreams is heart wrenching. Vineet Kumar did justice to his small role. One can’t imagine how beautiful the music of such a low budget movie can be. Vipin Patwa’s emotional music and Dr. Sagar’s lyrics is surely ear soothing and melodic. ‘Mann Ka Mirga’ by the Noora sisters, ‘Manwa Behrupiya ‘ by Arijit Singh and ‘Titli’ by Papon will surely leave you in tears especially when these songs take the story forward.
Bollywood Diaries Review by Indiaglitz
The narrative pattern is slow in the first half, the story also takes time to connect. Raima’s track in less engaging and predictable in comparison to others. The climax is dragging and over stretched. Connect between these three characters keeps fading in and out. The movie ends up being very dark and depressing. Scenes such as Ashish Vidhyarthi doing all sorts of Poojas to get reborn in a big celebrity’s house, Salim’s over the top reaction in the finale and a few more are over the top. Raima Sen’s character required more detailing. At many times the passion of these protagonists seemed fake and artificial.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on IBNLive
As much as the actors try to save the film, it fails to rise above the usual average mark. The movie that claims to be a ‘tribute to passionate aspiring actors’ isn’t really a tribute. It’s more of a generic representation of how far is too far when it’s about fulfilling your desires. While there are some scenes where the iconic actors are mimicked in a good way, there are others which end up giving you an unsettling experience, not in a good way per say. Another thing worth mentioning is that when you exit the theaters, you’ll be in thoughts of the people who could have been actors, but didn’t really get a chance to be. While we go gaga over the big names in this industry, there are millions of people out there who’re facing tons of hardships and still unable to reach where they want to. While some of them might lack in resources, others may lack in talent; but you’ll realise there’s no dearth of passion here, courtesy this film!
Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
Director K.D.Satyam (writer of Gattu) expertly weaves together three extraordinary stories of ordinary hopefuls. The storytelling is sure-footed, even if rough around the edges. The feel and look of the film is decidedly old-school. But the performances, styling, production design and songs elevate the film considerably. Watch this film without too many expectations, and you might find yourself moved the by the characters and their Bollywood diaries.
Average critic ratings of other movies released in 2015 – 2016
- Aligarh – 3.8 stars
- Neerja – 4 stars
- LoveShhuda – 2 stars
- Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive – 1.4 stars
- Fitoor – 2.3 stars
- Sanam Re – 1.6 stars
- Ghayal Once Again – 2.4 stars
- Sanam Teri Kasam – 1.6 stars
- Saala Khadoos – 2.6 stars
- Mastizaade – 1 stars
- Airlift – 3.7 stars
- Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 – 1 stars
- Wazir – 2.5 stars
- Dilwale – 2.5 stars
- Bajirao Mastani – 3.2 stars