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Katiyabaaz Review

Katiyabaaz Rating: 3.63/5

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Katiyabaaz Hindi Movie Review

Ratings:Don’t Miss Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

When we go the movies, we long for a good story to unfold. It is a rare thing then to come away with the image of one unforgettable character. Katiyabaaz, an excellent documentary on the tangled power struggles in Kanpur in the middle of a deep electricity crisis, gives us one such character in the pint-sized Loha Singh. He is a katiyabaaz – an anti-hero who steals electricity to help out the power-strapped locals of the city.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Renuka Vyavhare Site: Times Of India (TOI)

When circumstances push you way past your breaking point, can disobeying the law be justified? This conflict lies at the heart of this riveting docu-drama based on real events in Kanpur. Though it predominantly deals with something as serious as ‘electricity theft’, it never ceases to be a humane drama that is heartbreaking, yet funny at times. Sensitively directed, realistically shot,* Katiyabaaz* will make you value the most basic thing your city provides you with, that you often take for granted – *bijli.*

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Film Companion
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site: NDTV

This sharp and free-flowing 84-minute documentary, directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, is a crackling livewire of a film. Katiyabaaz is both entertaining and unflinching in its depiction of an India that lags light years behind the rest of the civilised world but isn’t willing to give up without a fight. This powerful little film is a must watch.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Sonil Dedhia Site: Rediff

The dark humour, infused by way of Loha Singh makes this often gritty and riveting documentary exceedingly entertaining. The background tracks, composed by the Indian Ocean band (Amit Kilam, Rahul Ram) and lyricist Varun Grover (of Gangs of Wasseypur fame) blend in the film pretty well. I strongly recommend Katiyabaaz.

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

But overall the film, overlaid by a peppy Indian Ocean number that lays out the connection between the `aadhe bujhe chiraag’ that power `poora Kanpoora’, does what it sets out to do : present us with a vivid portrait of a once vibrant city in the throes of decay and darkness. I also liked that the filmmakers provide no pat solutions : well-intentioned babus get transferred, pols leapfrog to the next issue, the `katiyas’ remain. So does the `katiyabaaz’.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site: DNA

Shot in a guerilla style the film grips you from the beginning largely due to the colorful Loha Singh who will entertain you with his one liners and metaphors on everyday life in Kanpur.A bold and honest attempt to expose the dire state of the people of Kanpur, Katiyabaaz will make you count your blessings for having access to the luxuries of having something as basic as electricity.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site: Mumbai Mirror

Katiyabaaz covers all bases and cause-and-effect repercussions riots and elections, mills, tanneries and hospitals cut with an engaging rhythm that brings to light one of the greatest failures of fifthworld India. It leaves you with enduring images of a calamitous environment navigated by two antivillains whose thoughts and souls form a storied documentary that could well be a game-changer.

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

Despite the film’s story being a thin plot which offers no conclusive solution to the problem at hand, it paints a glorified picture of Loha Singh. The film is exceedingly well shot, kept tight and flows lucidly. Even if the problems playing might seem alien to you, the film draws your attention and engages you with its intelligent workings. Given that Deepti and Fahad have spent a good deal of time working on the film, the scale on which they were able to mount the film was spectacular. The violent shots of angry mobs were all possible because of the same.

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