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One Night Stand Review by Bollywood Hungama
ONE NIGHT STAND sees the debut of a promising director by the name of Jasmine Moses-D’Souza, who does a commendable job in the film. Despite the story-screenplay being average, Jasmine Moses-D’Souza needs to be applauded for putting the film together quite well. She has refrained from portraying Sunny Leone as a (quintessential) sex symbol, unlike in other Sunny films. While the film just about manages to hold your attention till the first half that is interspersed with romance and love, the film’s second half seems to drag. Here, one definitely needs to make a mention of the interval point that sets the tempo for the proceedings, thus giving way to a big revelation in the film. The film’s second half deals with the issue of stalking, but the sad part is that it lacks the necessary thrill to give edge of the seat moments. Had the makers added a few thrill elements whilst addressing the stalking scenes, it definitely would have worked in the film’s favour and would have taken the film to a different level altogether.
One Night Stand Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Sunny Leone is picture perfect, managing a couple of felt expressions in only a few scenes. Even her bump and grind is same old: this ‘duniya’ is still ‘pittal di’ ; where’s the gold? She will need to seriously up her act overall, and delivering dialogue is part of it, to be able to call herself an actress. Right now, she is gorgeous to look at, but we know that already, and struggling to emote, which has been her bugbear in her last few outings as well. The only person with any acting cred here is Ninad Kamat, who lifts the film whenever he is on.
One Night Stand Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
The narrative has its own merits but lacks coherence. The mood changes from sultry to somber in no time. The situations are so banal that it fails to evoke any sympathy. Be it Urvil’s marriage that goes downhill once he starts obsessing about Celina or the impact his behavior has on her family life and her psyche, the filmmaker doesn’t spend much time elaborating these. Naturally, the drama runs thin by the second hour. The heavy climax speech with its feminist undertones is poorly performed. The points raised are well made but is too preachy for liking. Sometimes good actors do have the power to exalt a mediocre script, but both Sunny and Tanuj fail to sink their teeth deep into their characters. Their acting lacks flair. She never looks genuinely harrowed and his demeanor is far from dangerous.
One Night Stand Review by Raja Sen on Rediff
Directed by Jasmine D’Souza and written by Bhawani Iyer, the film manages to stay watchable when making points against slut-shaming and double standards, and while the gender-politics is rather obvious, it is good to see a film starring Sunny Leone at least try to position itself on that pulpit. The quality, as said, leaves a lot to be desired.
One Night Stand Review by Aarti Iyengar on Bollywood Life
Sunny Leone is one such actor who is often shrugged off due to her past. But that doesn’t change the fact that she is a good actress and has a great potential. Tanuj Virwani on the other hand too has immense talent in store which is quite visible in the film One Night Stand as not just his good looks but even his acting shines. However, what is absolutely letting down is the fact that these two chose One Night Stand to exhibit their skills. The movie’s plot fails to impress and in fact, is so damn predictable! There are a lot of wrong things in this movie that has left me a little confused with respect to the genre that it falls in.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Unlike other Sunny Leone films, this one isn’t dull. In fact, it is lucid through most of its 99 minutes of running time. What doesn’t work, though, is the forced debate around how Indians look at casual flings. It appears as an afterthought to shield steamy scenes and dance numbers. Nevertheless, burning issues like marital rape and career after marriage are treated with ease and a progressive outlook. This eventually turns out to be the best thing about One Night Stand. The melodious songs come a close second. But make no mistake: One Night Stand is still an average film with a run-of-the-mill theme. It, however, is one of the better finished products with a similar recipe.
Review by Asira Tarannum on Deccan Chronicle
Jasmine has also managed to pare down the sex, given the very hot Ms Leone an Indian taming. But Ms Leone continues to struggle to act. And there was ample opportunity to in this film at least. Tanuj Virwani is better in his third outing, though he too struggles in some scenes. Nyra Banerjee has certainly made an impressive debut.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
One Night Stand is an adult drama that goes relatively easy on the cheap thrills. The dialogues written by Niranjan Iyengar have a workaday feel to them, which makes passages in the drama appear far more real than they actually are. No matter how hard the director tries to liven up the proceedings, the absence of genuine substance prevents One Night Stand from rising above the irretrievably banal.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Three-films old, Tanuj Virwani could pass for a malnourished Abhishek Bachchan from certain angles. Whether this is a compliment is debatable. He’s fairly on the ball in the first half but cracks and spills over in attempting the highoctane scenes to portray his character’s emotional turmoil. Sunny Leone’s oohs and aahs will surely earn a nod and more from the frontbenchers, but as an actress, she’s not even trying.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
That Sunny Leone has a great body is a given. But to make her do the sati-savirti, mom, homemaker is a stretch. But she does cut a fine figure in a saree as well. The lad Tanuj Virwani is meant to look suave in suits and ties ends up looking like such a wannabe, who is unwashed to boot. Director Jasmine D-Souza must have lost all her hair attempting to make these two ‘act’.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Another thing worth liking about the film is that it has a very real climax and not something like the films mentioned above had. However, the film could have been handled with more finesse and the director could have certainly scored some brownie points by avoiding certain scenes (like the one where a smug Urvil advises his protégé to never hire a good-looking woman as a secretary as it can complicate things). Ohh! and before we forget, the film is not full of steamy sex scenes, if that is what the trailer seems to imply. Having said that, despite the lack of originality and Leone’s accent, One Night Stand is a half-decent watch.
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