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Critics' reviews: Issaq, Bajatey Raho, Nasha and Luv u Soniyo

Sweta Kaushal, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, July 26, 2013
First Published: 14:39 IST(26/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:21 IST(27/7/2013)

Four Bollywood movies were slated for release today. Reviewers feel not one is worth your time and money!  

While Issaq fails on performances, the veteran actors of Bajatey Raho (Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Dolly Ahluwalia) are brought down with bad script. Nasha has some surprise element for Poonam Pandey fans as it's more emotions than skin-show.

Issaq
Director Manish Tiwari has adapted Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Issaq. Set in Varanasi, the film is supposed to be a modern take on the tragedy. Critics find it too loud.

The Prateik Babbar- Amrya Dastur-starrer is completely missable. Sanjukta Sharma writes for Mint, "Storytelling is linear and predictable, performances by the lead actors, Prateik and Amyra Dastur as Rahul Mishra and Bachchi Kashyap, are far from electric." Sanjukta finds the movie too loud. "On the whole, ISSAQ is absorbing and convincing in parts, not in entirety. The final outcome could've been even more impactful had it not been stretched, writes Taran Adarsh for Bollywood Hungama.

Produced by Shailesh R Singh and Dhaval Gada, the movie also stars Ravi Kishan, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Makrand Deshpande, Neena Gupta, Prashant Narayanan, Sudhir Pandey, Amit Sial, Vineet Kumar, Yuri Suri, Prashaant Kumar and Evelyn Sharma. 

Twitter buzz:
@ParakramRana: Issaq is a beautiful film. Superbly directed, awesome cinematography & performances by everyone. Very proud of @AmyraDastur93. Go watch it!?

@manishalakhe: If Shakespeare bhaiyya been alive he would have suicided jumping off bridge on Ganga maiyya #Issaq is suppessal

@CilemaSnob: ahahahahah #InstantClassic RT  @ReelReptile Prateik Babbar looked like he was acting for Rs. 12 in Issaq.



Bajatey Raho
Director Sashant Singh's Bajatey Raho looked promising with a star cast that included Dolly Ahluwalia, Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak. The movie, however, gets mixed reviews from the critics. 

The film has some competent actors in the cast and they give it their best shot, feels Saibal Chatterjee (NDTV). Meena Iyer, Times of India agrees, "Dolly Ahluwalia, on a roll since Vicky Donor, is adept as are Ravi Kishan, Tusshar, Ranveer and Vinay." But Saibal feels that the humour, whatever little there is of it, is at best pedestrian. The film is not laced with humour-laden situations/episodes in entirety, adds Taran Adarsh.



Nasha
Poonam Pandey's Bollywood debut has been directed by Amit Saxena. And he directed Jism in 2003, no less. But critics aren't too happy with his 2013 stint. 

Madhureeta Mukherjee writes for Times of India, "Amit Saxena's erotic thriller shows more emotion than eroticism. It has some flashes and moods of his first outing Jism, though at a story level it falls way behind." Incidentally, even the emotional angle is not explored properly, feels Taran Adarsh: "One can't really blame the writer/s for the lack of novelty in the story as there's hardly anything that one can write in a film where the mainstay/focus is purely on skin show, which, incidentally, is limited too."

Khalid Mohamed writes for Deccan Chronicle, "Honestly, with a far more sensitive and cliché-free screenplay, this Nasha could have been a superior product. At most, here’s old Nasha in a new bottle. Tastes flat."

Twitter buzz:
@Koimoi: #Nasha is not a love story, not erotica just plain trash. 

@Aakashmootha: Just saw the movie #Nasha. Some sensational work done by @iPoonampandey



Luv U Soniyo
Produced and directed by Joe Rajan, the movie hasn't left critics impressed.  

Renuka Vyavahare writes for Times of India, "The film sends out a good message to youngsters like 'family comes first', 'respect your elders', etc. It has its share of sweet moments, but overall, as a rom-com, it fails to leave a mark." 

Taran Adarsh couldn't agree more, "There's not much of drama here. The culmination... doesn't give you the feeling of euphoria. Besides, the overtone of Goan culture seems a bit over the top here."

Twitter Buzz
@Kaleidoscopikk: Coz parents are patient enough to sit through a bad movie;)"@Viacom18Movies: #LuvUSoniyo a love story that you can watch with your parents!"

@DMmovies: #LuvUSoniyo review: "Drive a screwdriver through your head the moment you even contemplate going near a theater"

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