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Lakshmi Hindi Movie Review

Lakshmi  Rating: 3/5 

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Lakshmi Hindi Movie Review

Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

Although unsettling and horrific, the film is weighed down by its ‘standard-issue’ treatment. Lakshmi addresses a serious issue and forces us to confront a bitter reality, even offering hope in the end through the protagonist’s courageous fight for justice. But let’s not confuse the issue with the film, which is well-intentioned yet typical.I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five. Watch it for the performances.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

On the whole, LAKSHMI is a heart-rending tale that ought to be told. It’s a film that’s sure to jolt you, take you out of your comfort zone, set you thinking about the plight of millions of kids pushed into the flesh trade. Sure, a number of images and instances in the movie are disturbing and distressing, but certain issues need to be addressed. Additionally, the message Nagesh Kukunoor conveys in LAKSHMI reverberates much after the screening has concluded.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)

Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi is a disturbing film, in both a good way and a bad way. It’s gut-wrenching but gripping. But then, in the second half, Kukunoor takes the brutality to such an extreme that it stops having an impact. I looked away and emotionally stepped out of the story. I simply didn’t want to be subjected to the ugliness anymore. Honestly, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend Lakshmi. In places, it’s repulsive and yet, it demands to be seen. So you decide for yourselves. I’m going with three stars.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Lakshmi is a beautifully-made and very well-enacted film but it is of the kind which would be appreciated in the festival circuit. At the box-office, it stands bleak chances because it is too stark and too depressing.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India

Kukunoor’s ‘Lakshmi’, based on a harrowing true story, is a thought-provoking, disturbing film told with heartbreaking detail and a narrative that is so raw and ruthlessly realistic, it often becomes repulsive. The repeat scenes of s**ual exploitation are gut-wrenching. Several movies and documentaries have been filmed on this subject, what makes this special is the steadfast resolve of a 14-year-old to fight social demons. We wish Kukunoor had focused more on her spirit and triumph – our experience would’ve been more fulfilling, less overbearing. Lakshmi’s story makes your heart bleed. If you have the courage, watch it.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Subhash K Jha Site:NDTV

Lakshmi is a powerfully told inspirational tale that doesn’t brush the brutal reality of s**ual exploitation under the rug. It pulls out uncomfortable home truths. There are portions of the narrative in the brothel involving Kukunoor and Shefali as the pimp and the madame that get unbearably violent and gruesome. Both come up with superlative fearless performances. Lakshmi is not a film for the weak hearted and the squeamish. Isn’t the same true of life too?

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff

It is difficult to watch Lakshmi. It gives you a headache inside the theatre. It gives you nightmares when you go home. Take a box of tissues along for this one. It isn’t so much the visuals as it is the soundtrack will reduce you to tears. Yet, films like Lakshmi are the need of the hour. The worst part of Lakshmi is that it isn’t just a story. When you come out of it, you will forever be plagued by the knowledge that evil does exist in this world and we, as a society, are only enabling it.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror

A dramatised story of a 14 year old girl coaxed into prostitution in Hyderabad, this is a difficult and uncomfortable film to watch. Kukunoor achieves what he strives for; his film is brutally honest in its simplicity. Much of young Lakshmi’s graphic ordeal is suggestive, complete with how her body struggles to accept abuse every night. Lakshmi is not without its flaws; the sort of topical theme Madhur Bhandarkar would have chosen at his prime. It makes you cringe for important reasons though, and must be watched for its relentless pursuit of relevance and authenticity.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Suhani Singh Site:India Today

Kukunoor opts for a documentary-style approach which offers little new insight about the plight of the women thrown into prostitution. The film slips in the second half when Lakshmi takes the perpetrators to court and doesn’t buck under the pressure as she shares details about her ordeal. While the film avoids mawkish courtroom theatrics, the scenes are so listless and shoddily put together that they wear viewers out than draw a strong emotional response.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Nagesh Kukunoor has mustered up the guts to make a film that will shock you to the extent of feeling repulsed by it. And still it is a story that is so deeply rooted in facts and tackled with a coarse realism that it must be heard. Lakshmi is a film that will have you on the edge of your seats, unsettling you with its disturbing subject matter, pushing you to run out of the film and yet the story is so powerful that it will adhere you to it. There are no two ways about the fact that it is a must watch film and Kukunoor has toppled all his previous works by making a film which is yet abhorrent and yet every bit courageous.

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