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Firaaq Review

Overall Rating: 3.31/5

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Told with utmost sensitivity, the film pricks your conscience at several points of the narrative and when you make it to the Exit after the film has ended, you carry the burden of a lot of questions on your mind. In the whole, FIRAAQ is one of the finest docu-dramas made in India. It’s disturbing. It’s powerful. It’s thought-provoking. A film for the discerning viewer who likes to go beyond the stereotype.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

Ostensibly, the film is set against the aftermath of Gujarat 2002 and opens with stark, stomach-churning visuals of a mass grave being dug for the people killed in the riots.The film is a balanced, sensitive documentation of contemporary India’s most trying times and posits a much-needed plea for sanity, peace and tolerance. The signature frame of the film — young, orphaned Mohsin-Mohan sitting forlorn beside his bowl in a refugee camp, with a million questions clouding his innocent eyes — haunts you, long after curtain call.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Remember, the most compelling films are the ones that transport you to the centre of the drama, and make you a participant in the action. Firaaq is a noble film, an admirable debut, but you don’t feel the pain.Overlook these faults, however, and make it a point to watch Firaaq. It’s an unsettling film, one that throws up difficult questions and demands urgent responses. I’m going with three out of five for Nandita Das’ Firaaq; perfect it isn’t, but it’s much better than anything else you’re likely to have watched recently.

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Ratings: 4/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

The gravity of loss is monumental to those directly affected. But it has a way of creeping into the lives of bystanders as well. In her very first and exceptionally powerful display of directorial and writing skills, Nandita Das translates the language of fear and its dialects through the medium of human emotions and their striking dissimilarity while confronting the same horror, namely, Gujarat carnage in 2002.

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Ratings: 3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

The language credibly switches from Hindi, English, Gujarati to Urdu in individual episodes and the wordplay is particularly expressive in Sanjay Suri and Naseeruddin Shah’s chapters. The pacing is slow. The performances are of high order with each member of the cast delivering outstanding acts.Firaaq (implying quest) isn’t flawless but is sensitive enough to end your search for a poignant human drama.

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Ratings: 2.5/5 ReviewerJaya Biswas Site:Buzz18

Firaaq to some extent fails to really tug at your heartstrings, maybe because we have recently watched a slew of films dealing with similar emotions. The novelty was perhaps missing somewhere. But do watch it for Nandita’s direction, Naseeruddin Shah and Deepti Naval’s powerhouse performances.With a subject like this, Firaaq may not be a conventional crowd puller.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Shashi Baliga Site:HindustanTimes

With a starcast like this, the acting is expectedly good. All the same, some actors stand out. Naseeruddin Shah delivers yet another virtuoso performance as a musician gently oblivious of harsh reality.Though there are some heavy-handed scenes and characters, Firaaq scores in its overall restraint. It’s not often that an actress turns director; Nandita Das certainly gives us reason to celebrate with this film.

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Ratings: 3.5/5 Reviewer:Subhash K Jha Site:NowRunning

Haunting and powerful in its depiction of a time when humanity is frozen in anguish and terror, “Firaaq” draws its tremendous strength from the screenplay and characters which seem to observe life’s keenest and meanest blows without flinching. Here’s a film that must be seen not because it tells a story that touches every life. But because it touches our lives with such persuasiveness without resorting to overstatement.

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