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  • Pankaj Kapoor once again proves what a fine actor he is as he carries forth the relentless struggle of the aam Indian against India's endemic bribe culture and official apathy.

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  • ...an effective satire that takes on the menace of corruption.

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  • This one is about average—watchable mainly for the characters we've grown to love and the fab performances.

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  • The intention is right, but not nearly as engaging enough as the cult TV series to hold you down for those 100 odd minutes.

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  • Satire needs sharpness, or it can just end up as a stretched out sit-com : Mussaddi Lal is saying things we all need to hear, but the film manages to make the cut only some of the time.

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  • Director Rajiv Mehra and writer Ashwani Dhir are unable to take the humour quotient a notch higher in the film -- if anything, it's diluted -- and even with a playing time of around 100 minutes, the film seems too long.

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  • There are a few jokes here and there that too a few giggles but they don't have a lasting effect and the weight of sitting through the entire film comes down heavy on the audience. Also the length of the film is an issue.

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  • ...does not rise to any great heights, it is certainly not for want of trying. In fact, the film tries too hard – too hard for its own good. The final result is a hopelessly flaccid pastiche of situational gags that relies solely on broad strokes of humour.

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  • ...a feel-good attempt at pointing a finger at the convoluted labyrinths of the Indian bureaucracy and official paperwork but tends to get a tad bit preachy on the whole.

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  • Television, free chewing gum for the brain, rarely demands half as much as a fully consuming film on the big screen in a dark theatre does.

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  • ...not half as fun as the show it was based on.

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  • Those who recall the tele-serial fondly may reconnect with the on-screen characters, but how one wishes the drama was as impactful. Bluntly put, the tele-serial was much, much better than the film!

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  • This film is best avoided.

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  • ...does not sermonize and yet is a mind-numbing bore.

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