Ghanchakkar (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 16 Critic Reviews | Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan

Ghanchakkar Postercast:

Emraan Hashmi,Vidya Balan,Rajesh Sharma,Amar Kaushik,Namit Das,Sanjay Dutt,Parvin Dabas, Altaf Raja


Raj Kumar Gupta


Raj Kumar Gupta,Parveez Sheikh


weird aggregate rating 4.4/10Raj Kumar Gupta,Parveez Sheikh


Raj Kumar Gupta,Parveez Sheikh


Satyajit Pande


Amit Trivedi

produced by:

Siddharth Roy Kapur,Ronnie Screwvala





release date:

run time:
137 minutes


Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-4
After attempting the shockingly real AAMIR and fight-for-justice human drama NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, both grim and gritty celluloid offerings, Rajkumar Gupta now tiptoes into an unfamiliar terrain with GHANCHAKKAR, his first light-hearted entertainer with a twist in the end.As a matter of fact

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  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-4
The finest, most fascinating mysteries are the ones where we find the red herrings stashed away in plain sight all along. In Raj Kumar Gupta's Ghanchakkar, the true clue to the proceedings is barely hidden. It's in the song playing in every trailer, the song over the opening credits of the film: it's fiendishly smart to say Lazy Lad and make us assume the filmmakers are talking about the protagonist when in reality they mean the screenwriter. For this is a confoundingly half-written film.........

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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-3
The odd-couple pairing of Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan apart, this madcap whirligig has little on offer by way of innate allure. The fundamental concept of Ghanchakkar is intriguing all right, but it simply isn’t sturdy enough to bear the weight of an entire two hour-plus film.

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  •  DNA -Tushar Joshi Rating-4
Emraan look at ease even when he's wearing the obnoxious polka dotted night suit gifted by his OTT wife. There is a certain comfort level he seems to have reached with his approach towards playing any character. Similarly Vidya goes all out to play Neetu. Be it the guitar plastered on her short dress,

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  •  koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-6
Rajkumar Gupta who has previously made films like No One Killed Jessica and Aamir is known for his clever thinking. To simply question what makes a thriller flawless? It is when the audiences don’t suffer from a single dull moment. Unfortunately Ghanchakkar cannot boast of that.

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  •  Daily Bhaskar - Rating-4
To begin with, this is not a Vidya Balan film. By now we have got used to Vidya Balan being all over the place in all her movies. Take, for instance, Kahaani and The Dirty Picture, Vidya was indeed the hero in those. But, if you are expecting the same amount of Vidya-ness in Ghanchakkar,

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  •  Times of India -Gaurav Malani Verdict-Average
Different is a much abused term in Bollywood. Almost every other film claims to be different but most end up being run of the mill. And then you have a film like Ghanchakkar that tries to be so deliberately different that the desperation shows. It only ends up being contrived cinema!
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  •  Zee News -Gayatri Sankar Rating-4
Do you have a frail memory? Are you forgetful and is that what irks you the most about yourself? Perhaps the makers of ‘Ghanchakkar’, through their film, intended to give you a fictional visual representation of what could perhaps happen if you ended up losing your memory!
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  •  One India -Nabanita Roy Rating-4
Last time, we saw Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi getting really dirty in their flick The Dirty Picture, and this time, they have vowed to drive their fans go crazy. Their latest film Ghanchakkar, directed by Rajkumar Gupta is a "quirky" comedy involving a bank heist, memory loss and a loud Punjabi housewife
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  •  Indian Express -Shubra Gupta Rating-4
Horny woman who doesn't bother hiding it plus dour man with a secret, has the potential to be a humdinger. Ghanchakkar sets up trying-to-go-straight safe-breaker Sanju, and his blowsy trying-to-be fashion-forward wife Neetu, and a couple of rogues, around a bank heist, and lets them loose.
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-4
'No One Killed Jessica' director Raj Kumar Gupta recruits a competent cast, but flounders with a half-cooked script that doesn't know where to go after setting up its delicious premise. Sanju (Emran Hashmi) is a retired cat burglar-turned-full time couch potato who's goaded by his pushy wife Neetu
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Khaled Mohamed Rating-5
Despair, they’re the quintessential odd pair. He’s a retired crook, she’s a 24 x 7 fried rice cook. Mr ogles at Kimi Katkar in yesteryear’s 'Tarzan' being shown on TV, Mrs thumbs through fashion magazines, which inspire her scary day and night clothes. And they reside in a cushy home, which would
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  •  Bollywood Life -Suparna Thombare Rating-4
The plot revolves around a burglar husband Sanjay Atray (Emraan Hashmi) and a garrulous Punjabi patni Neetu (Vidya Balan), who get into trouble when Sanju forgets where he has hidden the loot money from his last burglary. Sanju’s accomplices Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Idris (Namit Das)
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  •  That Faisal Saif -Faisal Saif Rating-6
Ghanchakkar is directed by Rajkumar Gupta who made films such as Aamir and No One Killed Jessica earlier. These two films made critics stood up and take notice at the Film maker. This time the director makes a crazy comedy about a Heist that successfully goes wrong after the person who has money looses his memory........
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  •  Mumbai Mirror -Karan Anshuman Rating-4
Director Raj Kumar Gupta's previous efforts Aamir and No One Killed Jessica had a couple of traits in common. First, a deftly written and executed set up that draws you into the film and at mid-point leaves you wanting a lot more but eventually lets you down. Second, exceptional handling of the actors to get exactly what he wants out of them. Take NOKJ for example.
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  •  Times of India -Meena Iyer Rating-6
Director Raj Kumar Gupta is an 'inspired' writer/filmmaker. He draws liberally either from other cinematic material or from headlines. His first film Aamir had many similarities to the Filipino film Cavite. His No One Killed Jessica was quite obviously taken from the Jessica Lal murder case.
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Ghanchakkar (2013)
4.4 out of 10
based on
16 reviews.