Lakshmi (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 12 Critic Reviews | Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Ram Kapoor


Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Nagesh Kukunoor, Gulfam Khan, Flora Saini, Vibha Chibber, Priyanka

Lakshmi Posterdirection:

Nagesh Kukunoor


Nagesh Kukunoor


Nagesh Kukunoor



Chirantan Das


Tapas Relia

produced by:

Nagesh Kukunoor, Elahe Hiptoola, Satish Kaushik


weird aggregate rating 5.4/10Hindi


Drama, Crime

release date:

run time:
104 minutes


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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-7
Nagesh Kukunoor's movies, generally, mirror reality. The maverick film-maker is known to dabble in societal issues that plague a chunk of the populace. His newest endeavour LAKSHMI is no different. Like some of his earlier films, LAKSHMI depicts the struggle and hardships faced by the protagonist,

  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-5
Fair, fresh and barely fourteen. Pretty and virgin. Comes with a price tag (negotiable). Ready for sale! This is what a brothel-broker's sale-pitch would've been for teenage girl Laskhmi (Monali). A good bargain for a piece of puberty (sic!). Lakshmi's story of tragedy, trauma and triumph begins here.

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-6
Nagesh Kukunoor is the first filmmaker that comes to mind when I hear oft-abused terms like 'offbeat', 'auteur' and 'M. Night Shyamalan'. He has had his fair share of indulgent phases, but it is hard to ignore his voice— unwaveringly original, invariably at the cost of his craft.

  •  India Today -Suhani Singh Rating-3
It's one thing to show torture on screen to make viewers cringe at the violence. It's quite another if viewers feel like they have seen a film which is filled with unforgivably cringeworthy moments. That's the feeling we left with after watching Nagesh Kukunoor's no-holds-barred journey

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-7
Lakshmi is a film that will have you on the edge of your seats, unsettling you with its disturbing subject matter, pushing you to run out of the film and yet the story is so powerful that it will adhere you to it. There are no two ways about the fact that it is a must watch film and Kukunoor
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-5
In Lakshmi, writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor takes the unfortunate true story of an underage girl sold off to the flesh trade, and delivers a deliberately disturbing film that's often hard to watch. It's a tricky slope, films about exploitation and abuse. For as we've learnt from watching
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  •  The Front Row -Anupama Chopra Rating-6
Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi is a disturbing film, in both a good way and a bad way. The story, about a 14 year-old sold into prostitution, is an amalgamation of fact and fiction. Nagesh, who has also written the film doesn’t shy away from the horrors she endures.
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Suparna Sharma Rating-7
During their training, race horses are kept isolated in stalls that are barely big enough for them to turn around in. The horses are sometimes kept in such enclosures for more than 20 hours, to make them more obedient in their next training session. It often works, but many horses also start
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  •  Time Out -Aniruddha Guha Rating-6
Close on the heels of Highway, which brought the thorny issue of child molestation out in the open, comes Lakshmi, a film that looks at the sex trafficking business rampant in many parts of the country and, more specifically, at children being pushed into the business.
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  •  India Today -Faheem Ruhani Rating-4
It's not for the faint hearted. If you are looking for entertainment then Nagesh Kukunoor's extremely disturbing film Lakshmi about the menace of child prostitution is not something you should be heading the theatres for. Also, if you do not have the stomach to digest brutally graphic violent scenes,
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  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-4
Lakshmi (played by singer-turned-actress Monali Thakur), is a 14-year-old girl leading a normal life with her sisters and father in a village. Suddenly, she finds herself in a brothel, run by a local goon (Satish Kaushik) and his brother Chinna (Nagesh Kukunoor). The brothel keeper (Shefali Shah)
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  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-5
Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor who's best known for films like Hyderabad Blues, Iqbal and Dor had his luck running dry for quite some time at the box-office and as well as with critics. Not only were his movies like Aashayein, Mod etc. tanking at the theaters but were also being criticized
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