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India Lockdown Review: Pratiek Babbar shines in this poorly directed film

India Lockdown Review

Star Cast: Prateik Babbar, Shweta Basu Prasad, Prakash Belawadi, Rishita Bhatt, Sai Tamhankar, and Aahana Kumra

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

Premiere on: Zee5

Release Date: December 2, 2022

Ratings: ⅖  stars

After so much hype, the Zee5 original series has been released on the streaming platform, and all the subscribers can access this film revolving around the COVID crisis. If you are wondering whether you should watch it or not, here’s our review of the film.

India Lockdown Story

The story begins at the time when this pandemic era started in March 2020 and the government imposed a lockdown in the whole country. It will show you four parallel stories that compete for the viewer’s attention. It’s actually a surprising and unpleasant combination.

The first story is about an elderly man, Mr. Rao (Prakash Belawadi), who survives on his own and depicts the uncertainty that an elderly man often experiences. The second plot discusses the hardships of a daily wage worker stuck in a city and having to make her return home journey by walking (a shocking distance of 1232 km). Prateik Babbar, as Madhav in this story, shows the miseries of the needy.

Then comes the third plot of Mehrunissa (Shweta Basu Prasad), which showcases a Mumbai brothel and how the sex workers deal with the lockdown situation. And the final fourth story is about a young couple who wish for a thrilling journey to Mars and break their virginity.

India Lockdown Review

The makers have failed to understand that films are meant to engage the audience. Madhukar Bhandarkar needs to see different colours of the world to properly execute the movie.

The film “India Lockdown” has a poor outcome. Neither the director nor the people who wrote the script are familiar with the country’s geography. India Lockdown’s story, screenplay, and dialogues are its biggest bottleneck.

The makers have kept a director here, who, in his fantasy of knowing India, considers Mumbai as an entire India.

India Lockdown: Star Performances

Prateik Babbar and Shweta Basu Prasad, the two actors, have done excellent work, and their efforts are visible. Prateek’s hard work is evident in the character he has created by taking a step outside of his comfort zone.

Shweta Basu Prasad’s dialogues, which would probably be nearly synonymous for young women in this type of business, surprise even more than her acting. Her chilly and belated aesthetic is solid in this character.

Madhur doesn’t let Prateek’s character develop fully on screen. Based on Shweta’s acting skills, it appears that if this character had been fully realized, the outcome would have been great.

Final Verdict

The COVID pandemic was a painful period, and people would hardly wish to recall those worst times. Still, if the film had had outstanding execution, it would have won hearts. However, it failed badly, and you won’t feel anything.

Watch it if you are a fan of Prateik Babbar or Shweta Prasad Basu. Otherwise, it’s not worth your time.

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Suryaprakash Singh


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