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Movie reviews: Panga

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Here's what critics are saying about the film Panga featuring Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta, Jassie Gill and others.


Buoyant sports drama powered by exhilarating performances (Mid-day)

A woman's comeback at the age of 32 sounds like a cracker of an idea, and it's helped Tiwari cast an actor known for her ferociousness and fearlessness.

Ranaut channels both helplessness and heroism in a knock-out performance. She isn't just a bada** Kabaddi player, but also a doting mother, and the actress handles her role with care, caution and charm.

Neena Gupta is clearly having fun in her second innings in Hindi Cinema and this itself makes for a great comeback story. Complete review here.

A ‘panga’ worth taking (The Indian Express)

Ranaut has the courage to go plain-faced, minus pancake: her sure-footedness right through the film, on and off the mat, is spot-on.

Chadha, armed with a bouncy pony-tail and buoyant back-chat, is a lot of fun, as is Neena Gupta’s bracing mother.

The two current kabaddi players, whom Jaya spends time with, in the second half, both leave a mark. Complete review here

Ranaut enlivens Ashwini Iyer's writing in this soul-stirring film (Pinkvilla)

Panga could have been another critic pleasing film, but director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s direction is a fresh breeze that elevates the storytelling. There are stereotypes shown, but without stereotypical characters. She also walks away from a caricatured depiction of a small town.

Irrespective of their gender, each character has something to contribute to the film. Dialogues are simple, subtle and yet they manage to leave an impact.

A special mention for lines given to Adi. It’s unusual for Bollywood to pen brilliant child characters in a film about the tussles of an adult. Bollywood has done this in only a few movies such as Secret Superstar and Taare Zameen Par, but then the stories were made for the younger audience. Complete review here

Ranaut and cast shine in a film you easily fall in love with (Zee News)

Panga is the sort of film you easily fall in love with. It has a stellar cast in fine form, is directed by a filmmaker who knows her business of storytelling only too well, and it manages to deliver a topical comment without getting too preachy about it.

It is an entertaining film that effortlessly reaches out to the wider audience, and at the same time doesn't lose connect with basic cinematic aesthetics. In short, Panga ticks all the boxes a good Bollywood mainstream film should. Complete review here

Kangana's search for identity will resonate with many women (Khaleej Times)

Tiwari paints a vivid picture of the middle-class small town life which many will no doubt be able to relate to. While Kangana is able to portray the angst of a woman forced to relegate herself to the traditional role of a woman, where her identity is tied to her marital and maternal status, her fight is not so much against society or even her family, but with herself. Complete review here

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In pics: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Neha Kakkar, Tahira Kashyap at Panga screening in Juhu (Slideshow by Mid-day)

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