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Striker Reviews

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½ May 31, 2012
Probably the world's first movie that revolves around carrom. The game maybe child's stuff in most parts of the world, but in the back alleys of Mumbai, it has been used by the crime bosses to set up a high stakes gambling racket. The fim gets the milieu bang on and is aided by strong, rooted performances.
May 15, 2011
What a poignant little story of crude, astute, explosive, complex but at the same time simple and stark 'Surya'. This tight and cliff-hanging movie tells a story of questionable ethics, protagonist's murky fate and his heroic need to get out of the rut from entirely fresh view.
½ April 16, 2011
Movie worth to watch
½ September 14, 2010
Beautiful hindi movie
½ July 4, 2010
A very good movie with amazing performance by not so popular starts. Sid and Pancholi have peroformed well.
May 25, 2010
Chandan Arora strikes with 'Striker'....nice movie based on true events...and being true to them...
April 10, 2010
one of the better films I have seen
½ March 25, 2010
"Bombay ko jitna bhi dekho, roz thoda aur dikhta hai". That dialogue and having enjoyed both of Chandan's previous 2 efforts was enough to get me hooked onto the movie. However, it couldn't quite maintain the tempo throughout. There are some really nice aspects. An excellent performance by Ankur Vikal, some nice grit though it should have been much for a movie of this genre and an excellent depiction of the Malvani ghetto. However, the movie could have been shorter. At 90 minutes, it could have been a cracker. At 2 hours, it drags a bit. Still a very good watch. And definitely does a better job at handling this genre than movies like Kurbaan/MNIK.
March 12, 2010
Siddharth delivers a fine natural act, but also does loads of over acting in a few scenes. The scene stealer is Ankur Vikal, who is simply superb in the role of Zaid. Movie is boring, one time watch...
½ March 5, 2010
thought to give a try on a siddharth's movie but shot dead! :(
½ February 19, 2010
It's these kind of films which maintain my faith in Bollywood. Refreshingly orginal story. Cinematography is gritty and gorgeous. Siddharth gives a wonderful performance. Chandan Arora does it again after the brilliant 'Main, Meri Patni, Aur Woh'
February 19, 2010
Its a Must watch! highly recommended!
½ February 18, 2010
A nice movie with a different approach ...
February 13, 2010
Striker touches a right chord but it looses it's steam before it's end credit roll due to confused and predictable script which fails to bring culmination. There is a love tracks between Siddharth and Nicolette Bird (Rock On!! Fame) which is used for nothing and the communal riot sub-plot doesn't make any impact. However, STRIKER has some good points. Director CHANDAN ARORA extracts excellent performance from the stars SIDDHARTH, ANUP SONI, VIDYA MALVADE, SEEMA BISWAS , ADITYA PANCHOLI & ANKUR VIKAL (Slumdog Millionaire fame) who brings true sincerity in their respective roles. Also He deserves brownie points for displaying accurate portrayal of City's dark atmosphere.
Overall STRIKER is not at all a bad film, watch it for the excellent performance and it's authenticity
½ February 13, 2010
Its really Sad, when u basically see a movie with no expectations and love it, dooms at the box office...jus becoz people dont want to see tales closer to reality and want to cherish fantasy tales...Why cant both serve the purpose of entertainment....Jus becoz they r regarded as low budget films....doesnt mean they r low on quality of fim making!!!
PS: Siddharth loves to act graciously....the wait was worth the money!!!
February 9, 2010
Chandan Arora, the director of Striker has wisely set the backdrop his film between two extreme subjects: the radical Hindu-Muslim riots that broke in 1992 and a common man's passion to live a well equipped life amidst the riots . And then he goes on to name it STRIKER- based on the pawn, an entity used to play the game of carom. I was a little deceived by the previews but then the beauty of the title is more than its namesake. Saying more will be giving too much away, but let me put it this way: There is no way to tell if Surya, the protagonist, is in love with the game or not. Because there never is a circumstance where he plays the game under absolutely no stakes. But then, he rather play a game of carrom under pressure than go looking for a job and earn hard earned money. His emotion towards the game lingers around passion but is closer to the vicinity of survival. He NEEDS to play the game at times he may not WANT to.

One of the best moments of the film is when we're first introduced to Malvani, a city that is in its most earnest state any time of the day. Be it the 4 block radius mosques in every corner of the streets or the chirpy chai-waala's in every nook and corner of miniscule gali's, Malvani is obscure, obnoxious and a whole new world in it self. It is real and so are its citizens.

Siddarth is brilliant and dynamic as Surya and he delivers his lines with apt conviction and utmost modesty. BUT it was his side-kick who stole my heart. Ankur Vikal as Zaid, the looney, vagabond and Surya's best friend is a delight to watch.

Striker may leave you confused about its underlying message- but here's a tip: don't feign for any. Just sit back and see the world of Malvani as Surya sees it. This movie makes you think and there is NOTHING philosophical about the thoughts that may arise. Watch out for that last voice-over from Surya, and you'll know why I said what I said.
February 8, 2010
It might be long but you get hooked till the end, thanks to both the storyline and editing, and mostly thanks to the strong performance by Siddharth. This guy's place in Bollywood is now confirmed. The Bombay of the '80s and early '90s was well depicted. Songs by the different composers and the background score by Shri are top-notch.
½ February 7, 2010
good concept, good acting but the plot gets very slow!!
February 7, 2010
A good movie. Competent performances by the entire cast.
it hurts to see a movie like Ishqiya(marketed well) making money at BO; and good cinema with content losing out.
February 6, 2010
way above the bollywood level,
sincerly made for oscars,
hats off to siddharth, aditya pancholi and director chandan arora
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