Ratings:2/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
Like most Hindi movies, AURANGZEB suffers from the curse of the second hour syndrome, for the film languishes and fumbles soon after the intermission. There are too many issues, frankly. First and foremost, the drama loses sheen as it proceeds. Two, the drama seems never-ending and with too many characters and too many things happening in the movie, what comes across is a hodgepodge. Even the culmination fails to give you a high. Adding to the woes is its lethargic pacing! On the whole, AURANGZEB has a great premise, but great plots don't, generally, translate into great films. This one's way too lengthy and mediocre [second hour] to leave any kind of an impression whatsoever. Disappointing!
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
But at its heart, Aurangzeb is about family dominated by a parent-son theme. Blood and ambition, the film often reminds us, are the choices the characters of Aurangzeb have before them.And while the movie succeeds at a thematic level, it falters with the details. Critical plot points are weakly executed. While the ambition of Aurangzeb is to be lauded, there just isn't enough steam to see it through till the end. And at well over two hours, that end seems very far off. Try it then, for its complexity and Kapoor and Shroff.
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Gaurav Malani Site:TimesOfIndia (TOI)
Aurangzeb is a plot that resorts to the 70s formula - family drama, illegitimate son, twins separated at birth and similar domestic dilemma. Unfortunately, while the 70s storyline demanded melodrama, the treatment here is very contemporary and the drama is largely subtle and underplayed. And in this unusual and seemingly incompatible fusion, Aurangzeb loses its authorityAurangzeb had the potential to be a much better film. Alas it only comes across as a TV serial, sans the melodrama!
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
What lends its sentimentality a crooked twist is how its premise is relentlessly influenced by the cutthroat philosophy of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Director Atul Sabharwal tackles the conflicting interests of conscience and conditioning with his robustly executed first film for Yash Raj. Deeply derivative of the traditional Hindi film narrative where blood-ties gain precedence over individual turbulence, Aurangzeb works even in its inept form. Because, one, Sabharwal constructs a compelling, intricate conspiracy of deceit and motive around predominantly grey characters, where chances are anyone can turn a volte face, for better or worse.And because Aurangzeb’s momentum is steady and swift, the loopholes are skilfully minimised even if only temporarily
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
Somewhere in the too-complicated strands of Aurangzeb is a film struggling to cohere. This is what we have : too many subplots with threads hanging, criss-crossing a main plot that is over baked and undercooked.Aurangzeb is trying for too much. This makes the film dense and uneven: some parts have power, the others are inert.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: A well scripted story and a few mind-blowing performances! What’s Bad: The film’s tedious length and poor editing. Watch or Not?: Aurangzeb is a film that lacks vision and deliberately botches up a good script. The film for the entire first part managed to grip on the thrill factor well. By the climax, it converts into a convoluted and repulsive mess. Arjun Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff thankfully manage to infuse in well framed performances making it a manageable watch.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Gayatri Sankar Site:Zee news
Sabharwal does go weak and faulty in certain areas, but his efforts are indeed worth applause. It is never easy to fictionalise tales of corruption and gangsters on the silver screen. The dialogues are apt and have the right amount of punch that is required. The film keeps you intrigued until the very end, but the climax does give a fair idea about what would draw the curtains down.Nonetheless, the ensemble cast will lift the credibility of the film even higher with its performance. ‘Aurangzeb’ is a film worth a watch for all its complexities!
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rohit Vats Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
The recurrence of events and people in the climax is the biggest shortcoming of the film. The spontaneity of the story finishes at least 15 minutes before the actual finish, and it doesn't look very fitting after a nice build up. Overall, 'Aurangzeb' is a fun thriller with a racy first half and a dragged climax. It's not devoid of any essential ingredient of a 'masala' film and you can watch it for depicting the dark underbelly of the illegal land deals.
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