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  • ...is worth every minute of its run, its heart wrenching, disturbingly powerful adage on exploitation, greed, lust, machismo, prejudice that ends with that much needed dope of hope.

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  • When I walked out of Love Sonia this Monday night, I walked out with a hushed audience that seemed too overcome by the raw power of the film to even pause for applause -- and so they made their way to the exit very slowly, very silently.

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  • The acting recompenses for some directorial and script limitations. Often the story feels like a series of headlines linked together. But the compelling performances and a hard-hitting storyline power Love Sonia.

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  • It's a well written,  well crafted product bringing to light a problem the general public tends to ignore.

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  • ...Noorani has crafted a powerful film that you won’t be able to shake off immediately.

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  • ...is well-meaning enough to impress that point on you, only if it had the pause and depth that made you take the thought home.

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  • ...is an important film that’s told sincerely but it lacks the emotional depth of a provocative human drama.

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  • The plot feels like it is designed to reflect newspaper headlines and everything gets resolved so easily that it seems implausible. But Sonia’s tortured face will haunt you.

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  • Despite the disjointed narrative, which leaps from one idea to another, the unconvincing plot turns, and the unending agony that awaits Sonia at every turn, the movie doesn’t waver from its focus on the inherently exploitative nature of sex work.

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  • What could have easily slipped into the trenches of reductive cinema is rescued by a dogged upscaling of drama.

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  • In his directorial debut, Tabrez Noorani is so consumed in narrating the dangerous reality of survivors of sex trafficking that he ignores the fact that he has to also engage audiences with his characters — for them to actually feel their plight.

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  • In the end, despite a certain emotional void created by average plot, Love Sonia is an honest attempt in portraying authentic horror of an issue clearly so close to filmmaker's heart.

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  • ...inconsistencies can't take away from Mrunal Thakur's work who essays the character with conviction, capturing its naiveté, guilt and fractured spirit adeptly. If you love Sonia by the end of it, it's because of her.

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  • Granted that it is based on true events and the filmmaker can plead allegiance to reality, but what is the purpose of a film on human suffering that limits itself to a series of headline-grabbing incidents?

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  • Perhaps the foreign audience is gullible and offered funding to what was supposed to be 'realistic depiction of the horrors of human trafficking' and they should be disappointed with this skin flick.

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  • More focus on what happens to the girls when they are yanked from that life would have made Love Sonia fresher, and given the characters more to play with. That is not something we see too often, and there is a tiny glimpse of it in the film. The rest of it is same-old.

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  • How does one evaluate a movie on lives where obvious racism feels like a secondary issue? Fragmented narrative feels trivial. At the risk of giving the movie away, what happens to lives that never get better? What do you call it? Human-degradation tourism? Thankfully hopeful? Unrealistically optimistic? Or are these phrases a viewer’s way of shirking reality because we find it uncomfortable to watch? How can you discuss performances and stories that wrench your gut, chill your spine?

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