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Lahore Movie review

Overall Rating: 2.78/5

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Using the sport of kickboxing as a new premise to tell an old story, Lahore is a slickly directed first film by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan that sadly offers too simplistic and idealistic a solution to the India-Pakistan problem.Part vendetta story, part message movie, Lahore stars newcomer Aanahad as a revenge-seeking younger brother who steps into the ring to vanquish the Pakistani kickboxer who killed his older sibling using foul means.It’s an engaging drama, convincingly performed and thrillingly shot, but let down by a script packed with convenient lapses of logic, and caricatured characterisation. It’s well-intentioned, has its heart in the right place, and it’s an engaging enough watch. But it never rises above that to become a film that could truly make a difference.

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

A title like LAHORE gives you the feeling that it’s an Indo-Pak story. The fact is, it is, but it’s about kick-boxing.Let’s get one thing clear. This is not a ‘war film’. There’s no slogan-shouting or Pak-bashing here. There’s no jingoism either. In fact, the culmination to the story — a shocker, which is sure to raise eyebrows — is absolutely outstanding and will work with both the nations. LAHORE isn’t about kick-boxing only. It’s about relationships — between two nations and also between two brothers — with a strong undercurrent of emotions. It’s the emotional quotient, besides the penultimate do-or-die match, that tilts things in its favour. Final word? Take a trip to LAHORE. If you’re a sportsman or even if you’re not, catch this one for sure!

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

Lahore works due to several reasons. Firstly, because of its topicality which strikes the right note in this season when India and Pakistan are seeking a new equilibrium in their relationship. Secondly because of its narrative style which is the antithesis of nationalistic chest-beating Gadar-like films. Lahore tells a fiery story, gently and lyrically and is embellished with some great cinematography (Neelabh Kaul) and action choreography in the kickboxing sequences (Tony Ching Siu Tung). But most of all, it boasts of a stellar act by the performers with Farouque Sheikh walking away with most of your applause as the genteel Hyderabadi who must train a team of winners, despite political and bureaucratic interference. Lahore is a sensible and gripping film that has you clapping and cheering.

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

With a perfectly predictable plotline, if a film still keeps you riveted through its runtime, you know there’s something earnestly right about it. Lahore has a right director. Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan has the finesse to package the standard story with the requisite action and intensity that a sports film demands. The film works essentially for its skillfully choreographed combat sequences by action director Tony Ching Siu Tung. Another positive aspect of the film is its casting. While it doesn’t boast of any big stars, the unassuming actors that it employs are perfect for their parts. Lahore is a hard-hitting film that delivers a good cinematic punch!

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passionforcinema

Okay, so Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s Lahore seeks a state of pacifism, employing sport – kickboxing if you please – as a means for narrating a plot that has been bludgeoned to death. Alas khallas really. There you go again then: A man seeks vendetta for the death of his brother – this time in the boxing ring. Ping.To Chauhan’s credit, the muted colour palette, the eye-filling locations and a nail-biting climax are marvellous. The rest of the movie frequently verges on the absolutely exaggerated if not implausible. The characterisations are caricatured, and the montage songs are slower than a bullock-cart on three wheels. Oh well.In sum, this Indo-Pak treatise may have been wah-wahed at film festivals (carry a magnifying glass to read the names of the festivals on the posters please), but all said and seen just about makes it to a notch above the average.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

The film had the potential to be a real humdinger : no IPL match has the charge to beat an Indo-Pak fixture on the field. But `Lahore’ springs to life only occasionally , especially when a seasoned actor like Farooque Shaikh who plays the coach of the Indian kick boxing team, is on.But the climactic half-hour is taut and well-paced, though, as the two teams go head-to-head, and winning and losing becomes subservient to goodwill and peace among the two countries.Well meaning, but amateurish.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Distributed by Warner Bros, the film, which garnered favourable response at several film festivals, at a running time of a little above two hours is mostly watchable for its exhilarating action in the ring if not exactly an emotionally stirring experience. Reminiscent of Anil Sharma’s Apne and its philosophy of one brother’s quest to retrieve the other one’s stolen glory by tackling a foul player, Lahore, furthermore, mixes the essence of patriotism through the medium of sport, in this case kick-boxing, with the sentimentality of retribution.

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