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B.A. Pass  Rating: 3.1/5

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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, s**ual 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.

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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 s**, 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!

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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.

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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 s** 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.

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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 s**-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.

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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 s** scenes to satiate the voyeuristic hunger of the audience. It should do well but its depressing end will limit its business.

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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.

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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.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

Thank fully it isn’t a predictable s**ual 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.

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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.

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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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  1. B. A. PASS:
    erotic but sensitive! a film of merits but not for masses!! [3/5]

    Victimized and exploited by the neon-lit dreamy world of pleasure & passion, middle-class aspirations & expectations for a better life often find a road going nowhere but to a convinced end near the dark dell of death.

    Ajay Bahl’s erotic but sensitive adult-thriller B.A.PASS dares to replicate-recreate a modern-day ‘quite harsh & dark in reality’ real world set in the Pahargunj area of Delhi, celebrated or rather infamous for banned provisions of ideas to get high on life. Prostitution and sex-rackets is just one of them and also the premise of the film that hasn’t been touched before on such brutal level.

    Adopted from a short story ‘The railway Aunty’ by Mohan Sikka, it is a saddening story of a young man who, after losing his parents in an accident, is now bound to live with his ‘not so-kind’ aunt. To make things worst, purposely he becomes a sex-slave to a sensuously attractive lady of seduction. The game of passion & pleasure that too with so much of easy money involved in it, soon lands him in the darker and deeper world of male prostitution. The more colorful it looks in night, the more drained & hollowed it sounds in daylight.

    Beautifully shot, smartly conceived, nicely written and confidently performed by first-timer Shadab Kamal & the immensely impressive and bold Shilpa Shukla make it an honest effort that touches you with its bravura but brutal portrayal of sex, seduction, depression, desperation, dejection, oppression and betrayal. Divyendu Bhattcharya & Rajesh Sharma provides a good supporting cast. Deepti Naval in her 2-scene guest appearance leaves a mark.

    But at the last, it is Ajay Bahl who impresses you with his confident take on the story to create a sensitive thriller out of it, rather than lurching on making it a sleazy sex-drama. Though the aesthetically shot love-making scenes are an essential part but sometimes they look just a distraction from the gritty story-line.

    Subject may sound as a pleasurable watch but I would not misguide you as the sensuously bold posters of the film suggest you. It is a film of merits but not for masses who fancy tickling in the lower part of body more than sensing ‘staying for long’ bleak human emotions. [3/5]

  2. Fuck all stupid film

  3. its a decent movie

  4. @anonymous…fuck off sallu lallu fan

  5. different movie …. not for sallu fans

  6. A lot of awards and nominations just before its release plus the impressive trailers and most importantly the fresh concept! Those reasons are enough to drive you to the nearest theater on the very first day. Yes, I am talking of this week’s new release ‘B.A Pass’.

    Based on the sort story ‘The Railway Aunty’ by Mohan Sikka, B.A Pass narrates the story of Mukesh (Shadab Kamal) who moves to Delhi to complete his graduation. He lives with his aunt and has two younger sisters to support. It is here that he meets Sarika (Shilpa Shukla), a friend of his aunt, who tries to seduce him. Mukesh’s financial needs unknowingly force him into prostitution. What happens in the end?

    The film talks on a numerous untouched topics. Ajay Bahl, the director, makes a decent attempt to show you the various new cultures being practiced in India these days, particularly in the metros be it the night life, prostitution, sex or the empty marriages. The screenplay and cinematography is good. B.A Pass just keeps you at the edge of your seats. Though the climax has not much to say, it does not makes you think much.

    Shadab Kamal does a good job as the ‘innocent boy’ in his very first film. Dibyendu Bhattacharya, in the role of Mukesh’s friend, impresses. But Shilpa Shukla steals the show completely. She dominates in every scene of the film which is great to watch.

    B.A Pass is dark, witty and twisted. Not for everyone though, but still a good watch this weekend. This is 100 minutes of a satisfactory drama.

    Rating- 3/5

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  7. some more filmy names on cachra couses

    B.SC. pass
    NIIT pass
    IIT fail

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