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Ankhon Dekhi is a story about 'Bauji', a 55 year old man, who lives a dreary but eventful life in a joint family, that shares a small house cramped with people and drama. One day Bauji has an epiphany and decides that from that point on he would only believe what he sees with his own eyes, nothing else can be certain. There are a quite a few challenges on his onward journey- but Bauji never loses sight of what is before his eyes. Wikipedia

Ankhon Dekhi Reviews


It’s a flight of fancy that I recommend you do not miss. The family drama plays out before the entire neighborhood, and it’s through scenes like these that Kapoor skillfully offers you an India that you recognize and love.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


I have seen it with my own eyes, and I can tell you that ‘Aankhon Dekhi’ is a fine , fine film.Kapoor’s film is an absolute gem, because he gives us a marvelous bunch of characters who make us laugh, and pause, and think. In another film, Bauji would have come off a caricature. But here he is a man in the vital process of sloughing off dead layers, and discovering his skin. Sanjay Mishra does a terrific job of becoming Bauji.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times


Ankhon Dekhi is a lovely respite from the formulaic fare that clutters our multiplexes week after week. Make time for it.

Very few films concern themselves with questions. Most of them are too eager to provide inspiration or make statements. But in Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi, curiosity is what drives its premise and suspension of disbelief is entirely abandoned. Discerning viewer, witness it you must.

Renuka Vyavahare
Times Of India


What however doesn't work for the film is the fact that it borders on abstract at regular intervals and lacks continuity, making a few scenes and conversations seem out-of-context. Nonetheless, the film is emotionally liberating. See it to believe it.

The ending seems rushed, but “Ankhon Dekhi” is still a film that deserves a viewing.

Rohit Khilnani
India Today


Sometimes the best films are made out of simple stories and Aankhon Dekhi does that too. It touches your heart and makes you smile.


...has every element in it that makes it a flattering watch. Heart warming in parts and easy to get entrapped in, the film is mindbogglingly engaging. Its impossible to dismiss this film, because of its mounting moments that soar all through. I am going with 3.5/5 and a simple question. When is your next expected Mr Kapoor?

Suhani Singh
India Today


Ultimately, Ankhon Dekhi's biggest strength lies in the subtlety of its emotions. This is a profound film but it never comes across as preachy.

Sanjay Mishra is simply remarkable. No other actor could've pulled off the Bauji act as effortlessly and convincingly as he does. Rajat Kapoor too delivers an effortless performance, while Seema Pahwa is terrific. The rest of the cast is hugely competent. On the whole, ANKHON DEKHI is indeed watchable!


Us Indians put too much emphasis on religion and social stigma. And in doing so, we all let go of a certain spirit required to uplift life. That’s what Raje Bhauji does in Aankhon Dekhi. He breaks free. The detachment makes him look like an odd ball, but it also gives him the happy-go-lucky nature, the sense of impulse that is needed to spice one’s life.


If you are looking for something invigorating, ANKHON DEKHI is just for you. Don't trust me; like Bauji, go and see it for yourself. After all, seeing is believing!

Very rarely do you come across scenes in films that make you smile even when you are getting teary-eyed. 'Ankhon Dekhi' has many such moments. Please don't miss this gem of a film. You will come out feeling a little lighter and a little richer.

Aankhon Dekhi is not a film that will invite public love, the way Queen or Highway have managed to garner over the past month. It eschews typical Bollywood razzle-dazzle to paint a stark but vivid portrait of the search for meaning and truth in our lives, where the laughter and the tears both come from the truth laid bare on screen. It is an intensely rewarding experience, with an ending that will haunt you for days afterwards.

Johnson Thomas
The Free Press Journal


What’s interesting though is the impeccably portrayed milieu, the familiar sounding familial interactions, the ensemble assemblage of quality actors and by and large, a distinctive intention to stay away from the superficial and the formulaic.

Komal Nahta


...a well-made and well-enacted film but too philosophical and just too class-appealing. It will, therefore, not be able to score in the cinemas.

Audience Reviews for Ankhon Dekhi

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    300 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    'Aankhon Dekhi' written and directed by Rajat Kapoor is a close, tender observation of its flawlessly performed protagonist Bauji, who decides that he will believe in obly what he has actually seen, and not what others tell him. The story, frankly, is itself a product of its sharp, poignant script.
    'Ankhon Dekhi' is a straightforward satire which goes beyond a classy comedy. Its a compelling story which builds on the extraordinary qualities of its protagonist, played by Sanjay Mishra. There are other members in this family too, played by Seema Pahwa as the wife of Bauji, Rajat himself in a quite laid back performanve as the younger brother of Sanjai, and Namit Das as Bauji's son-in-law. But none of them match the extraordinary prowess of Sanjay of breathing life into a character ajd make him lift from the paper, and eventually, from the cinema screens.
    And with him soars the middle-class-valued India. In a dog-biting comedy, the vestiages of a forgotten film culture, the sharp, unflinchingly amusing lines.
    Over everything, 'Ankhon Dekhi' is a stunning achievement. Its 3.5 for the film since it meanders in the second half a little, but for Sanjay's performance, an additional half makes it 4 out of 5 in total for 'Ankhon Dekhi'. I plead you watch it.

    September 20, 19
  • Saheb Abdullah
    Saheb Abdullah
    82 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    After Hearing Positive Things Over The Internet I Watched It And I Really Liked It..It's Honesty, It's Humour, It's Theme & Story And Ofcourse Acting Of Sanjay Mishra..So Glad That He Got Filmfare Best Actor In Critic's Category

    May 09, 16
  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Ankhon Dekhi. It is not just another off beat movie from Rajat Kapoor. Instead, it is his big leap as a film maker. He teams up with versatile Sanjay Mishra and result is incredible thought provoking film.

    Ankhon Dekhi centers around Raje Bauji, played by Sanjay Mishra who, after a dramatic incident, decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes. This one little idea changes Bauji for ever. The strength of the movie is its sharp performances and authentic down town setup. Then there are delicious dialogues, delicious sequences of people first questioning Bauji and then following him blindly. All supporting actors including Rajat Kapoor also do an excellent job.

    This movie is about feeling and experiencing what Bauji felt and then doing your own interpretations. I am going with fantastic 8 out of 10 for Ankhon Dekhi. It is about extra ordinary tale of an ordinary person.

    November 10, 14
  • Rohith
    5 reviews

    A very unique concept and overall well executed. This movie will make you both laugh and think with its charming storyline and some fine believable acting.

    Do watch this movie!

    April 15, 14