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B.A. Pass Movie Review
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand's Verdict :CNN IBN (IBN Live)
BA Pass is crisp and compelling because director Ajay Bahl, also the cinematographer of the film, reveals a firm grasp over the unflinching narrative. With minimal flourish or show-off, Bahl creates a moody noir that is at once irresistible. Yet, where the film slips is in the superficial, surface-level manner in which it addresses macro themes like empty marriages, sexual power games, and the frustration caused by extreme poverty.BA Pass exposes a cold, dark, and bleak universe that is in equal measure grotesque and intriguing. Bahl creates the right mood, but doesn’t leave you with much to think about when it’s all over. Still I’m going with three out of five. Not perfect, but nicely done.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
Despite the diverse stories being narrated on the Hindi screen, making a film that deals with the aspect of sex, prostitution or erotica can be and is an extremely sensitive topic. However, director Ajay Bahl excels with aesthetically shot love making scenes in B.A. PASS. Set in present-day Delhi, more specifically the Paharganj area, replete with the sights and sounds of the vicinity, B.A. PASS tells a gripping story of a young, financially challenged man who unknowingly gets forced into prostitution. On the whole, B.A. PASS is a stark and brutal saga of seduction and betrayal that explores the darkest recesses of the human conscious and morality. Though gripping, you need a strong stomach to absorb this gritty and thought-provoking fare!
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Hindustan Times
Working from a short story by Mohan Sikka, debutant director Ajay Bahl creates a film that starts out strong. B.A. Pass holds your interest as long as Bahl sticks to Sikka’s darkly twisted story. But each time he diverges — including his choice of the film’s cheesy name (Sikka’s story is titled The Railway Aunty) — the narrative wobbles. But mostly, the film is tripped up by its strangely solemn yet voyeuristic tonality, a gaze that is both sympathetic and leering. Beyond a point, it becomes repetitive and Bahl is unable to hold your interest in these sad and sordid lives.Still, B.A. Pass is much better than its tacky posters let on. Which is a welcome surprise.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
The screenplay pushes the story to its limits, never hesitating to go the distance. Sometimes it's predictable, and other times it is simplistic but mostly it surprises with its moxie. There's plenty of unabashed sex and mercifully it's not always awkward given the cringe inducing standards of our cinema, though there is some repetition. BA Pass is dark, even for a noir. Scenes in the sunshine come as a relief from the murky depths of a landscape that's Mukesh's hell. There's almost no positivity in the film. Nothing to cling on to when you're done. This is a rare experience in a Hindi film.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)
Adapted from Mohan Sikka's short story, 'Railway Aunty', it's about the doom and desperation of an impoverished life and the extremes one can go to redeem themselves of an ignominious existence. Debutant Ajay Bahl's film is dark and deeply disturbing. The subject boldly pulls off the cover on what happens behind closed (bedroom) doors of a society that thrives on pseudo morals and values. While the movie doesn't exploit eroticism, a little subtlety would have as much 'shock' value. The sex-scenes are too overused (though well-crafted), and after a point it looks repetitive. If you want a change from the colourful canvas of Bollywood, and you like it dark, very dark - test this one out.
Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahta Site:ETC Bollywood Business
Mohan Sikka’s story, based on his own short story, The Station Aunty, is interesting and engaging. Ritesh Shah has written a screenplay which is equally engrossing. The script gives a lot of scope for bold scenes of skin show and love-making and there are abundant such scenes which will shock the viewers. Several of these scenes titillate the audience and will make the masses and youngsters pretty happy. On the whole, B.A. Pass is an interesting film with a lot of sex scenes to satiate the voyeuristic hunger of the audience. It should do well but its depressing end will limit its business.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff
The film works as a slow-burn, inescapable but constant and searing, and one that escalates to a high-flame only in the final act which tries, perhaps inevitably, to do a few too many things. In its quest to end with a bang, BA Pass becomes a suddenly stylized rush where plot and thought collide -- and collision isn’t crescendo, it is what drowns out crescendo.BA Pass, for the most part as taut as piano wire, feels like a chokehold. And that’s a very good thing.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
It is an unflinching, scalding tale that exposes the heart of darkness that lies under the serene, genteel veneer of middle class life in Delhi. BA Pass is gritty and affecting because its characters, even the most minor ones, are vividly etched, believable people. BA Pass combines the bone-dry quality of a chiselled short story and the stark directness of a minimalist tragedy to deliver a taut, gripping film about the hell that a big city can be behind the bright neon lights and the living room glass cabinets stacked with flashy dolls.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA
Thank fully it isn’t a predictable sexual drama, but one that springs up a dark surprise. The film also stays away from being preachy, trying to give a message or play the holier than thou card. Instead it digs deep into the subject and fleshes out different emotions and facets of this lust story. B.A. Pass will engage you with its smartly written story line and some standout performances.
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
There is so little attention paid, in a thought-through manner, to the questions arising from marital emptiness and genteel, soul-sucking poverty, and urban decay that when a film like B.A.Pass comes along, you are willing it to be about all of this and more. Ajay Bahl's directorial debut lays out a plot with promise, but then belies it, by not giving us as much as it could, and should have. 'The Railway Aunty', on which the film is based, uses its atmosphere of defeat and rancidness much better. In the film, Bahl creates claustrophobia well, and then loses the story and the characters in it. We want to see underneath, and what we get, instead, is neon glaze.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham
This is raw, unadulterated passion displayed with the confidence of a master story-teller. But the surprising part here is that this is Bahl's maiden venture. And that is difficult to believe. B.A. PASS may appear to be a simple graduation story, but it teaches us that life on the streets requires a different level of skill set. Graduation among the sharks of the world is a daily process, not a five-year-plan! If you are looking for brutally honest cinema, then B.A. PASS is for you.
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