Lahore - Movie Review

Lahore's intentions are right but the gestures are twisted...

Thursday, March 18, 2010 | 3:20:46 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Cast: Aanaahad, Shraddha Das, Farooq Sheikh,Nafisa Ali,Shraddha Nigam,Saurabh Shukla,Mukesh Rishi,Kelly Dorjee, Late Nirmal Pandey, Sushant Singh

Director: Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan

Lahore – Good message gone bad

Lahore is a film that truly focuses on the frayed relations between India and Pakistan and attempts to give a solution.

The film half of the film revolves around Dheerendra(Sushant Singh), a kick boxer. He is a promising newcomer on his way up, breaking many established records and easily carrying the tag of 'the pride of Rajasthan'. He plays fair. Wins with flair. He has a supportive fiance (Shraddha Nigam) and a loving mother (Nafisa Ali). To top it off, he's got a star cricketer (Aanaahad) for a younger brother. However, a goodwill match between India and Pakistan shatters happy family. Because, unable to suck up to the fact that he's lost, the great kick-boxer of Pakistan Noor (Mukesh Rishi) does a foul and knocks off Dheeru, forever.

The second half of the film, picks up the story of the vengeance filled younger brother who takes up the decision to changeover from cricket to boxing just so he can get back to Noor. Everyone realizes his intentions which are pretty obvious by the way. But somehow, coach Rao decides to give him a chance. So Veeru chugs to Lahore to face the brute who finished his elder brother's life without a second thought. Now in this match whether India or Pakistan wins and if the victory really matters makes up for the climax of the film.

The film is an epitome of fluctuation. Few elements make you love it whereas a few make you hate it.

Also, the film deals with a delicate topic like the India-Pakistan tensions. So it should be absolutely neutral and made in such a way that people from the countries love it and actually feel towards the cause. Sadly, the balance has severely been tipped. A genuine friendly gesture is now a pile of confused mass.


Right from the opening credits something that subtly touches you is the background score. Although at times especially the requiem will give you a dj vu of other compositions but nonetheless the score is good. Good going Wayne Sharpe.

The action choreography (by Tony Ching Siu Tung) is stupendous. To add to the effect, the camerawork (Neelabh Kaul) has beautifully synchronized with it to give the actually feel of the 'wham-bam-boom!' of the boxing ring.

Great acting by Farooq Sheikh. In fact he is the only one who's histrionics actually entertain you. Nafisa Ali too is a class act. Sushant Singh too manages to maintain his position fairly well.

The message of the film that we need to attain peace with Pakistan is commendable.


The film shows the Pakistani team cheating (again!) and it's majorly pro-India. This itself contradicts the message of the film. You can't infuriate with provocative messages and then look forward to strike friendship!

It's like it's pretty obvious in the film that some people have done their job excellently while some have done it shoddily. The acting by newcomers fails to catch any interest and certain sequences are just too lengthy. The dialogues are sloppy.

The script could have been made crispier.

Yes or No?

Lahore centers around a good cause but somewhere loses the thread of it. Go if you are person keen on action or else there's nothing much to look out for here.

Rating: **1/2

Reporter and Author: Susan Jose

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Posted on: 12 May 2010 at 1:42pm
agree with aisha88The most notorious villian in Hindi movies is made Pakistani Kick boxer. which is not good to be a friendly way.
moreover, we do not burn things in the cricket field. we know how to face defeat. We only win hearts.
This movie leads to racist.
We do not accept this move Lahore to named for our loved city.
Disagree Disagree Disagree

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Posted on: 18 March 2010 at 4:58pm
I'am a PAKSTANI living in abroad, and i get TOO damn tired watching movies which are SUPPOSED to spread a peace message, but turns out be pro- india/pakistan instead..

CUT THE CRAP if u cant make a movie which SHOWS u find good ppl and bad ppl EVERYWHERE, in the every DAMN corner of the world!!

I was hoping that this movie might be neautral, but hey.. why am i not surprised.. :)

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Posted on: 18 March 2010 at 3:19pm
it is typical bollywood movie publicized as being a good will movie showing friendship between Pakistan and India while in reality it shows (like always) that Pakistani team are the cheaters. how can you promote friendship if you are showing this?

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Posted on: 18 March 2010 at 8:05am
Shraddha is in the movie ?!

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Posted on: 18 March 2010 at 6:28am
same old bakwas!why cant they make a neutral film where people in pakistan like the film aswell as 99% of them dont cheat!!cant they make a veer zara!!they so need to get with the times!!!

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Posted on: 18 March 2010 at 6:20am
Same old same old! Story would have been great without the typical pakistani's looking like the bad ones!! Dont think I'll bother!

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