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  • The film has moments which will leave a lump in your throat and moments that will make you laugh loud.

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  • Kukunoor enhances the magic of the parable by throwing in delightfully quirky encounters that veer into the heart of fairy-tale terrain without ever losing a sense of reality.

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  • To have a movie revolve around just two characters is hard but Kukunoor does it and how! He proves yet again why he is a filmmaker to reckon with.

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  • ...goes much beyond what one expected of it and actually manages to kind of temporarily transport you to a magical place where hopes don't die and the most impossible of wishes come true.

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  • ...a simple story told simply.

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  • ...stays mysterious till its last scene, it gets too repetitive to hold your interest. Its soulful music, heartfelt style of narration and of course, delightful kids can't make this half-baked story soar.

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  • ...the 'real' problem with Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak is the evaporation of the real world in the second half to make way for a predictable fairy tale that restricts the lead characters personal growth in the journey that fails to create the lasting magic that it should have earned.

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  • ...slowly grows on you.

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  • There’s a whole constellation twinkling at us off screen from this warmly appealing, life-affirming film.

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  • It’s a crowd-pleaser that drives the point home about seeing with your heart instead of your eyes. Shrewd message for a film that’s not perfect, but is all heart.

    59

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  • The film's one-dimensional storyline desperately seeks conflict but only ends up straying from uncertainties, much like Ram Gopal Varma films evade a steady camera.

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  • If you believe in inspirational Instagram posts and the power of positivity, Dhanak is the film for you. The cynics might find the lack of gritty realism a bit too much, but even the most hardcore realists will agree that this little road movie ticks all the boxes when it comes to ending on a happy note.

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  • ...one stayed invested and smiled along only because of the adorable actors with Bollywood references adding to the cute appeal. But it needed a lot else.

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  • ...it is simply too cheerful and unconvincing to work as an Indian avatar of Iranian movies that feature adorable children grappling with adult problems.

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  • ...is too shiny bright, too glossy and tries too hard to be cute.

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  • ...the interactions between the children lend the film real charm.

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  • ...throws more charm at the screen than one might feel equipped to handle.

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  • You’ll like this movie if you have a sweet tooth.

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