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CityLights Rating: 3.3/5 

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

Where ‘Citylights’ succeeds is in telling the story of ordinary people living below the poverty line people we seldom cast a second glance at people who sometimes have to resort to desperate measures just so they can keep their children alive. It’s a good film, but not without its flaws. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five.

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

This one is *not* art house cinema or a ‘festival film’, as being understood by few. CITYLIGHTS reflects the times we live in. And Hansal encapsulates the rural migration, penury, exploitation and adversities in an overcrowded metropolis with utmost realism. The shocking finale is disheartening, while the gut-wrenching images of a once-happy family leave you distraught as you step out of the auditorium. On the whole, CITYLIGHTS is one of the most captivating movie experiences of late. An expertly-crafted heartbreaker, this tragic tale has a riveting plot, power-packed narrative, soulful music and arresting performances to haunt you much after the screening has concluded. A must watch!

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Star World

Rajkummar alters not just his posture and accent but his inner being. He becomes the naïve, bewildered and ultimately desperate family man whose generous spirit is slowly crushed by the grinding wheels of an indifferent city. It’s a wonderful performance in a strong film. Still Citylights is persuasive. It will work better for you if you haven’t seen the original. I’m going with three stars.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site: Times Of India (TOI)

Citylights is based on Sean Ellis’ acclaimed Metro Manila, but it also unlocks the doors to other movies in your mind. This is both a strength and drawback for this remarkable film. The second half thus gently meanders, shots becoming slightly repetitive and slow, making you agree when Vishnu tells Deepak in exasperated humour, “Aap itni dheemi gati ke film hain!” But the end gathers itself, providing a twist that both dazzles and covers darkness. Quite like city lights.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Suparn Verma Site: Rediff

Producers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt and Fox Studios deserve kudos for backing such a raw, visceral film.What makes City Lights memorable is how Hansal Mehta infuses his struggle into it. I have known Hansal for a better part of my life; we have seen both good days and bad. In this film, he gathers all his pain, pours it in a glass and makes Rajkummar drink it. A hard, unrelenting film that doesn’t give in to over sentimentality, City Lights is just like the city of Mumbai. It beats you down and when you are broken, takes you in its arms and loves you.

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

Hansal Mehta’s direction is sensitive. He has narrated the subject with a touch of realism but, having said that, it must be added that both, the script and the narrative style, hold appeal for the city-based class audience mainly. On the whole, Citylights is a very class-appealing film with not much novelty value. It can hope to do well in select multiplexes of the big cities but not otherwise. Its mediocre investment is a point in its favour.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site: NDTV

CityLights has its heart in the right place, and it is a heart that is backed by a ticking mind that is able to grasp the subtler shades of human behaviour without tripping on over-sentimentalism. CityLights isn’t a feel-good entertainer. It is a film that shocks, provokes and seeks to prick our collective complacency and apathy. That obviously adds up to infinitely more value than the price of a multiplex ticket.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express 

Soul-destroying poverty can drive people into deep cesspits, and the struggle to stay alive can be heart-rending. Mehta does well with generating dread and creating a couple of surprising curves, which almost overcomes some of the plot’s uneven arcs. The songs nearly ruined the film for me, but ‘Citylights’ gives us pause. And an actor who makes us believe, all the way.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site: Mumbai Mirror

The practice of retelling their story within the realms of cultural relevance is most important, and this is where Citylights sets itself apart from its adapted peers. The original film, with its poetic voiceover and bookended flashbacks, has a more resounding climax; Citylights stutters with sentimentality, but eventually blacks out before its too late. Much like its conflicted protagonists.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site: India Today 

City Lights is a very important film, it gives us a reality check. Mumbai is known to be the city of dreams but it does have a big share of shattered dreams too. It’s a good one but from the team of Shahid and with Mahesh Bhatt backing the project, we expected more.

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

Citylights is fashioned as an old wine in a new bottle as director Hansal Mehta seamlessly beaded together a heart wrenching story with a crime drama. Keeping intact the milieu of Mumbai in the film, the pace and packaging is all done to perfection. Though I have my reservations about the half baked climax, which lacks both thrill and conviction, the film is true to the word overwhelming in every sense of the term. It will be crime to cinema to miss Rajkumar’s best work till date.

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  1. A heart wrenching saga of the most loved and ruined metropolis, finally after highway,queen there is a movie to look forward. CITYLIGHTS is a must watch, it makes us feel for the character, avoid it if you want to enjoy any movie with popcorn and colddrink, BAD word of mouth for such movie is a crime, Go for heropanti instead and insult your intellect in the name of entertainment.

  2. My review of #CITYLIGHTS :
    Tragic tale of shattered dreams…and viewer’s disappointment! [2.5/5]

    Remakes are not alien to the ‘Bhatt’ camp but when this giant movie production company selected one small but beautiful British indie film ‘METRO MANILA’ to bring on the table and later on, decided to rope in Hansal Mehta & Rajkumar Rao of last year’s most confident social-biographical film SHAHID to helm the responsibility to recreate; it looked like another feather in the hat and a sure-shot winner all the way. But Bollywood never ceases to surprise; or to disappoint in this case.

    CITYLIGHTS sadly remains an average thriller with some promising scenes that make your heart bleed in depression, bloom in well-captured moments of togetherness and a savior in competent shoes of Rajkumar Rao- one of the few best things about the film.

    After losing his shop in local market to the loan sharks, Deepak Singh [Rajkumar Rao] with his family is forced to migrate from Rajasthan to the city of dreams Mumbai. The search for a better lifestyle and a good prospect of earning his livelihood soon throw them in the gloomy, dark and depressing world of reality. Poverty is the biggest curse one carries and one should get it off the shoulder by any means and with all the efforts; guides his colleague at work [Maanav Kaul in a terrific presence] in a security agency. Together they seek the impossible looking road to redemption.

    A tragic tale of dreams getting shattered and compromises taking over the hopes, CITYLIGHTS officially borrows the plot and the screenplay for the most parts from METRO MANILA. Kudos to the makers for giving the due credit in the said department upfront, loud & clear! This is something you don’t see often from the ‘Bhatts’. Even then, though Hansal Mehta does leave his mark in adopting it according to the Indian sensibilities and emotional connectivity in a complete manner, he certainly couldn’t refrain himself from falling into a much-comforted zone filled with standard ingredients for a Bollywood film. The songs that keep coming in chunks and bits, the gratuitously put love-making scenes with ongoing smooches as if we were in another ‘Bhatt-Emran Hashmi’ association and a completely messy-clumsy climax scene are enough to ruin the possibilities of coming up with a deserving descendant of SHAHID.

    On the positive side, it is only and only the performances that stand out at a respectable position. Rajkumar Rao is in top form. He successfully inherits the mannerism, dialect and the vulnerability of a small town simpleton. His presence on screen alone is very fulfilling. Patralekha as his wife shines in her début role. This plain Jane has the sparks of a confident performer. The veteran theatre icon Maanav Kaul is a pleasant addition to the cast. A flawless performance is something he would never miss to deliver. Special mention to Rashmi Singh for her contribution in the consequential lyrics that gel well with the emotions characters carry on screen.

    SHAHID being the benchmark for Mehta, CITYLIGHTS fails to triumph over the expectations one would have. A less honest effort to bring out deeply depressing reality of today’s times! Glimpse can be seen but is it good enough to even compromise? I won’t, may be because I have seen the original. Disappointed! [2.5/5]

  3. citylight is the osm movie…a fully emotional movie…must watch….love this movie…

  4. movie is overhyped, reviews are exaggerated. it has a very simple story and that too was not sucessfully told. the only good thing about this movie is rajkumar rao's acting, hansal mehta should not be commended as the direction , screeplay, story everything is flawed. mahesh bhatt giving his national award to him was nothing but a cheap shit publicity stunt n only the dumb alia bhatt can cry watching this silly movie.

  5. One of the best movies of this year so far, Rajkumar Rao has acted so well, hats-off to him.

  6. one of the most awesome heart touching movies ….
    loved it… 🙂
    Thank you Hansal Mehta, RajKumar Rao, Jeet Ganguly (how can I forget the wonderful music)

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