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Lamhaa Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.21/5

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

Lamhaa may have its heart in the right place but the rest of this film isn’t in good shape. The screenplay is jumpy, too many subplots fracture the narrative, too many characters are introduced in every second scene, and to be entirely honest, it’s hard to figure out where the film is heading.The shaky-camera shooting style doesn’t quite work in a movie that’s as staged as this, and Dholakia lifts at least two scenes directly from this year’s Oscar-winning war film, The Hurt Locker. I’m going with a generous two out of five for director Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa; it’s an ambitious film let down by an over-ambitious script. Watch it if you’re having trouble sleeping; it’s a good cure for insomnia.

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 Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

As LAMHAA unfolds, you realize that Dholakia may’ve borrowed a few incidents from life, but as it moves forward, it comes across as a typical Bollywood enterprise that harps on being real, but ends up being a masala film that we have witnessed over and over again.Dholakia seems to have researched extensively on the issue and LAMHAA does boast of some razor-sharp moments, but the viewer is keen to have an insider’s viewpoint on Kashmir, something that we haven’t read/seen [on news channels/films] earlier, which LAMHAA just doesn’t provide. Just one word for this film: Disappointing!

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

Lamhaa is a no-holds-barred look at the multi-layered turmoil in Kashmir, with so many real-life references that you end up with just one conclusion: now here’s a real film about a real problem.
The highpoint of Lamhaa is the fact that it doesn’t use the political overboil as an exotic setting for a love story
/Also, the film refreshingly — and realistically — posits no solutions. All it dares to do is transport you to one of the most dangerous places in the world that lies at your doorstep and take a hard-hitting look at the movement for self-determination and the role of the Indian state in post 1989 Kashmir. So, don’t go looking for a cinema that follows a traditional format, offering made-to-order recipes and instant nirvana. Of course, the film maker has enough hooks to draw you in, the most important being the relentless pace of the film which unfolds like an action-packed thriller.Lamhaa is meant for the movie buff looking for something more….

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Lamhaa mercilessly doesn’t deal with the Kashmir issue in an outright jingoistic approach like those countless formula films that have been made on the theme that show India as a clear-cut hero and Pakistan as a definite villain to exploit patriotic sentiments. This film highlights several discrepancies in our own country from corrupt army officers, conniving politicians to scheming businessmen. But beyond that when it attempts to fit in a clichéd conspiracy theory within the preset political premise, it falls flat on its face. For the common man, the politics of Kashmir has often been a complicated topic. This film doesn’t make it any simpler. Lamhaa doesn’t enthrall beyond a few interesting moments.

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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Though it does not have a plot, per se; Dholakia isn’t aiming towards a singular storyline nor is he entirely drawn in doing a study or expose. Rather his Lamhaa is like an elaborate montage of innumerable episodes, voices and concerns while trying to put the pieces together for its surprisingly loose climax. This is both engrossing and exhausting in turns.Ultimately, Lamhaa’s relevance lies in its ability to give you an overview, even if it’s a crammed one, about the ugliness of greed and intolerance through the example of Kashmir. At the same time it’s honest and practical enough to end on an unfulfilled, hopeless note.

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 Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

The film has a story on the burning issue of Kashmir but its screenplay, penned by Rahul Dholakia and Raghav Dhar, is so confusing that it barely manages to involve the audience at places. For one, the writers have assumed – and very incorrectly, at that – that the viewers are all conversant with the entire Kashmir issue in all its technical details. Secondly, there are so many characters, often played by small-time actors, that it is difficult to remember who is who, especially when they are referred to in dialogues (without their visuals) in later scenes. This is also because no trouble has been taken to establish most of the characters.All in all, the drama fails to make any impact because it is not too comprehensible and also because the writing looks like a half-baked job.

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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Watching `Lamhaa’ is like reading the daily headlines : every ill that has beset Kashmir since 1947 is in the film. As it unfolds, we are introduced to characters we have either read about or imagined in the continuing story of Kashmir: the Pandits who have fled, the bearded `maulvis’ who are funded by the ISI, the corrupt army officials and the crooked politicians who have sold out, and the power brokers whose only religion if money, and the reformed terrorist who wants to fight elections.

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