Valentine’s week special ‘Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz’ directed by Onir and starring National award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa and Zain Khan Durrani is indeed a must watch going by its rave reviews. The audience and critics have been raving about the performances of the actors and have appreciated Onir for exploring various shades of love with his films.
Here are some review excerpts:
Subhash K Jha- 4 stars
If Zain is every bit the dreamy RJ with a nightmare tucked in his heart, Geetanjali Thapa(so brilliant in the unreleased Liars Dice)as the sunshine girl with a skin ailment, gets into the skin of her character… The moment expresses a stirring mix of regret and hope, the kind of emotional synthesis that we rarely get in today’s cinema. Cherish it.
Deccan Chronicle- 3.5 stars
Known for making unconventional rather hard-hitting cinema in the past, director Onir touches upon the digital age romance and it is beautiful. How nicely he has crafted his characters, their pain and insecurities. Despite having a slow build-up, the film manages to have an easy breezy watch as it definitely compels you to make more compassionate choices. Interestingly, it teaches you to deal with rejections and not to seek validation from others for any damn thing.
Times of India – 3.5 stars
Kuch Bheege Alfaaz’ successfully manages to show how love in the time of social media can stay relevant. The Kolkata of trams and bridges, fish markets and open parks is shown in a stunning manner by Onir. Actor Zain Khan Durrani makes a strong debut as the brooding RJ/ poet with a painful past and delivers a brilliant, understated performance. Geetanjali Thapa, as the quirky girl with leukoderma, shines bright like the sunshine, just like her character in the film. ‘Kuch Bheege Alfaaz’, while takes time to say what it has to, is one story you will definitely want to hear.
Mumbai Mirror- 3 stars
….It has the configuration of a quintessential chick flick — a virtuous male who could do no wrong is about to sweep a hopeful dreamer off her pumps while Pehle Nasha plays in the background. Could there be a more convenient date night?
Udita Jhunjhunwala- 3 stars (Firstpost)
Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz is set in a world of pings, beeps, forwards and rhyme laced with a leisureliness that has become associated with Kolkata. It is a contemporary setting with a melancholic and nostalgic mood. The blending of innocence and the world of words with modern casualness and the laziness of expression through emojis is what works best for this lighthearted romance.
Troy Ribeiro- 3 stars (IANS)
Debutant Zain Khan Durrani as the RJ Alfaaz is an engaging actor who is natural on-screen. Geetanjali Thapa is every inch the spunky Archie who internalises her pain with her pragmatic demeanour and smile on her lips. On the whole, the film has decent production values and is well-executed. The soundtrack of “Pehla nasha” is effectively used to up the viewing experience.Overall, credit must be given to a film that delivers the goods, and if you’ve ever liked Onir’s films, you’re likely to enjoy this one.
Koimoi- 3 stars
Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz is one of those movies which will be seen years from now making kids of that generation feel the love when WhatsApp was in trend. Years from now, a movie lover will watch this and feel how things were simple back then.
Cinestaan- 2/4 stars
Cinematic romances offer an escape from the complicated, painful, tetchy nature of real-life love. The hero and heroine meet. They fall in love. They confess. That’s it. The audience finds it satisfying to watch romances find consummation. Onir’s romance has a known beginning and a familiar ending. It is the middle where he creates an endearing world. If only there was a little less conversation and a little more action.