There are no big film releases this week, apart from low-budget films like Anna, Motu Patlu, Fuddu and Saat Uchakkey. The pre-Diwali period has set in, so film business will be down to very low levels this week. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story remains the first and probably the only choice for those who want to watch a film in theatres this week.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Bollywood Hungama
After having tried his hand as a writer and an actor, Sanjeev Sharma makes his directorial debut with SAAT UCHAKKEY. Despite SAAT UCHAKKEY being his debut film, Sanjeev Sharma deserves accolades for the exemplary finesse with which he has directed the film. Kudos to the director for staying totally true to the story and the setting. If his directorial abilities in SAAT UCHAKKEY are anything to go by, then, Sanjeev Sharma is definitely a name to watch out for in the days to come. While the film’s first half sets the mood, tempo and the premise of the film as well as its well etched out characters, in the second half begins the comedy of errors while leads to confusion and chaos. Full marks to Sanjeev Sharma for brilliantly exhibiting the small town set up of old Delhi. One of the biggest highlights and USPs of the film are its absolutely superlative dialogues (Sanjeev Sharma). The language used in the film is extremely ‘colourful’ so to speak. However, since the dialogues are loaded and interspersed with expletives, it may not suit the taste of all the viewers. Having said that, one must add that the lines are outrageously funny and never come across as forced or thrusted. The characters talk naturally in the lingo where abusing each other is a common way of chatting. The dialogues are extremely hilarious and will generate nonstop laughter, especially with the masses.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
It is disheartening to see talented actors like Manoj Bajpayee and Kay Kay Menon succumbing to playing lousy characters in a loud and absurd film that pretends to be funny. Barring the authentic setting (narrow bylanes of old Delhi), nothing really works in the film’s favour. Bajpayee’s haircut is as hideous as the film’s dialogues. Every line is either meaningless or laced with the choicest of cuss words and it all seems uncalled for. (Read “Never let his wonder steal your thunder,” etc) Every character wants to shove something or the other into somebody’s backside. Characters are called Pappi, Jaggi, Bichchi and Haggu! Yes, you heard the last one right.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Shalini Langer on Indian Express
Manoj Bajpayee as Pappi; Aditi Sharma as Pappi’s resourceful love and the neighbourhood heartthrob Sona; Vijay Raaz as Jaggi, the lawyer with a waistcoat, a ponytail, and that undulating henchman; and Kay Kay Menon as daroga Tejpal keeping the order while nursing a secret love for Sona, are all excellent. Annu Kapoor as the narrator/god can’t help his dramatics, but Anupam Kher is just over-the-top. Sadly though, director Sharma (who has worked earlier in Peepli Live, Raghu Romeo) lets the film drag to an exhausted and stretched ending. A film with such a sure touch didn’t need this heavy hand.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Saat Uchakkey isn’t low on ambition. It seeks to blend the grungy glory of a Brillante Mendoza film (without, of course, the graphic violence and sense of unsettling dread) with the absurd angularities of a Moliere comedy (without, of course, the quirky philosophy). Sadly, neither of the narrative strains acquires a life of its own and creates any impact on what transpires. Saat Uchakkey is far too undercooked a broth to pass for what it wants to be – a zany, off-the-beaten-track entertainer. It veers off the rails all too quickly and never returns anywhere close to getting back on course. Stay out of the way.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Shaheen Parkar on Mid-Day India
The first half is confusing and the only aim seems to be making the audience get used to the vulgar language. The characters are called Pappi, Haggu, Phodoo, Bichy… you get the drift. If you already didn’t know this, Neeraj Pandey is the film’s producer. He is known to be the man with the Midas touch, but there is hardly anything in this one that can be salvaged. Director-writer Sanjeev Sharma seems to have had it right just on paper; let’s not even discuss the execution. It could have been a laugh riot, considering three talented actors (Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon and Vijay Raaz), known for their histrionics, headlining the cast. Sadly, it isn’t. Filmed entirely in the old lanes of the capital, this film will only end up giving you a Delhi belly.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The film is full of crazy characters, outrageously funny dialogues and some whacky situations, not to mention the rustic charm of Old Delhi, which is evident in its narrow alleys, small shops, the mannerisms of the people residing there and their approach towards life. However, in our opinion, the whole ‘magic realism’ angle as provided by Annu Kapoor could have been easily avoided. Annu plays a mysterious hypnotist, who sows the seeds of burglary in Pappi’s head, but his track is not so necessary to the film as such. All Kapoor manages to do is confuse the audience about what exactly is going on and we feel that had the makers restricted the film to a comic caper by eliminating the ‘magic realism’ angle, it might have been more enjoyable. Nevertheless Saat Uchakkey remains an enjoyable watch, mainly because of its characters and the dialogues.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
When you figure out where the film is going without wincing over gaalis, it promises to be fun. Kay Kay Menon is a cop who is attracted to the same girl, and his reaction to her is so hilarious you think that you might just like the film. Alas, it doesn’t last. Because Anupam Kher shows up as a trigger happy owner of a haveli who has lost his marbles. It’s a torture to see him play the near blind guy with a gun again (and you don’t care enough to find out where he plays the role) So they plan to steal the supposed gold in the safe in the haveli (an old woman screams and screams about it). And the sneaking into the haveli at night and getting to the hidden treasure takes so long, you want the film to be a part of training material for torture of prisoners. You don’t really want to know what happens, except you know you will run a mile in the opposite direction to small budget film set in gallis in any city North of the Vindhyas about ‘quirky’ characters trying to make a quick buck.
Review by Sarit Ray on Hindustan Times
It’s a solid cast. The sort that’d hold fort in any damn film. They’re nuanced when needed, crass and loud and swearing their mouths off for the most part because that’s what has been asked for. In its character portrayal, in capturing Old Delhi, in its cheap, but real, humour, is the film’s high point. But it is wasted in a story that is too long, and that runs out of ideas during the actual heist. It devolves into a Priyadarshan-ish comic climax, and uncalled-for divine intervention. In the end, it has flavour, a seed of a good idea even, something mega-budget films often lack. But like our Dilli Laundas Eleven, it lacks planning and execution.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The movie boosts top acting talents of Bollywood who excel. Manoj Bajpayee as Pappi is sheer brilliance, the actor uses the character as a prop to deliver a masterly performed act that get enhanced by mannerisms and methodness every now and then. Kay Kay Menon delivers a marvelous act and gets into the skin of the character with such ease that it is difficult to differentiate. Vijay Raaz is sheer delight and terrifically entertaining. Anupam Kher is fine and Annu Kapoor adds the weird quirkiness and dark quotient. Haggu (Nitin Bhasin) and Khappe (Aparshakti Khurrana) are competent while Ajji (Vipul Nag) and Babbe (Jatin Sharma) chip in with valuable support. Strictly for the lovers of this genre, the climax may be food for debate but never the less; SAAT UCHAKKEY is a welcome debut by Sanjeev Sharma as a talent to look out for. The movie that boasts Bollywood’s refined talents may not sustain its brilliance throughout its entire run but it keeps on cooking something that makes the nerds of this genre amused throughout.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on News18
To the director’s credit, he has tried to incorporate an array of human emotions in this film. Greed, ups and downs of life, love, lust, laughter, ambition and an urge to do something better; it’s all there, just not rightly executed. A little detailing on the characters’ traits and an urgent pace in the film could have made this a better watch. Go for this film if you’re in mood for hearing some choicest of explicit words or else sleep on it.
Review by Subhash K. Jha on Zeenews
Saat Uchakkey, with its profusion of profanities and an abundance of audacity, hits all the right notes for most of its playing time. Cinematographer John Jacob Payapalli shoots old Delhi with a keen eye for decadence and debauchery in conflict with a world of techno-driven instant gratification that has seeped into the crumbling walls of havelis that have seen better times. And are determined to see some more. This is an original and often engaging drama of the damned who refuse to be doomed.
Review by Arnab Banerjee on Deccan Chronicle
Among the cast, each one of them is likeable-loser character, and stands out with flashes of brilliance and their perfect comic timing and believable ease of lingo. Bajpayee isn’t merely funny as this ambitious man with dreams; he is also someone with a crass wardrobe and a seething rage within. After his sterling performance in Aligarh, Bajpayee is once again, a pleasure to watch. There’s another gem of a performance by the sprightly Aditi Sharma as Sona. But despite its best intentions, it’s the kind of 139 minutes that you expected to be better than it turned out. Nevertheless, even if it lets you down there’s enough that’s interesting to keep you tuned in.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Bajpayee, as the leader of the pack, lends a certain method to his character’s madness. While comedy has never been his pet genre, he manages fairly well here. Vijay Raaz, with his perennially-sardonic face, is sporadically loud and occasionally tolerable and those who subscribe to his brand of humour won’t be disappointed. Anu Kapoor, the veteran here, hams it up like an acid-induced street theatre performer. Agreed, his character was probably written to be decidedly OTT, but does that justify his high-decibel shenanigans? Kay Kay Menon as the earnest cop who is determinedly docile, is out of his comfort zone here, but is unobjectionable. If you have the capacity to endure much gaalis (almost every dialogue ends with a ‘BC’ or equivalent) and have an appetite for Priyadarshan-like no-brainers, here’s 140 minutes of just that.
Saat Uchakkey Review by Indiaglitz
The movie takes lot of time in establishing its right track after which only the story gets on its right course. The movie keeps dragging for unnecessary reasons with insertion of several side tracks. The whole Anupam Kher track is terrible followed by the highly disappointing climax. Anu Kapoor’s track is wasted and dragged to the fullest. The language used in this movie is full of swear words. There are two forced item songs in the movie which ruins the impact of the film. The story is unnecessarily stretched and the climax is a huge letdown. It’s only that the screenplay is not tight enough to sustain the enjoyable moments. After a while there is an overdose of everything in this movie. Annu Kapoor and Anupam Kher are wasted.
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