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For Real Review

Overall Rating: 2.33/5

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

For Real, directed by Sona Jain, is a thought-provoking but amateurish film about the breakdown of a marriage as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. The film is intended as an honest look at the psychological impact of domestic discord on a young child, but it’s betrayed by sluggish pacing, and an indulgent screenplay packed with long scenes containing no dialogue or drama. Alas, despite its brave intentions, this film is only moderately engaging. I’m going with two out of five for director Sona Jain’s For Real. Popular films seldom address such uncomfortable subjects honestly. This film has the ambition, but there’s no excuse for boring us!

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Director Sona Jain makes an elegant debut with a sensitively crafted film on domestic strife and its detrimental effects on the psyche of vulnerable young minds. Anchoring her story in an upmarket Delhi household, the filmmaker tells a fine story of familial break-ups, heartbreak and longing through the eyes of a six-year-old. Indeed, a refreshing new take on domestic discord and the happy-unhappy family syndrome that has regularly featured as Bollywood’s favourite plot. But, unlike the traditional narrative of typical Hindi cinema, For Real steers clear of all cliches and creates a recognizable urbane world that can be actually taken for real. 

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Sona Jain’s For Real is a well-intentioned but stilted drama about a fractured marriage and how the tension between the parents impacts on their six-year-old daughter Shruti, who starts to believe that her mother is actually an alien.Jain, who has also written the film, delves fearlessly into a difficult subject – For Real attempts to show us how deeply traumatic parental discord is for a child.But Jain’s telling of the tale is painfully slow and mostly clumsy.Indian cinema pays little attention to children. For Real had the potential to make a substantial comment but the film never fulfills this. I’m going with two stars.

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