• The only bits that do work in Ungli are the seemingly unscripted lighter moments between the friends, and of course the scenes in which everyone from political bullies to sadistic auto-rickshaw drivers are brought to task in imaginative ways. The film’s overarching theme – of making offenders accountable – will no doubt resonate, but there had to be a more intelligent way to tackle the same idea.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    The opening credits are animated, and Ungli would have been better off if all of it had been an animation film, aimed primarily at children. As live action for grown-ups, it is the most amateurish piece of work I’ve seen in a while, all fingers and thumbs.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    The story is interesting, but it plays out at such an amateurish level that you can’t take any of it seriously. The film is filled with fine actors but none of the characters has any meat on it. I felt especially bad for Kangana, who is totally wasted here. Ungli feels dated and tedious. A story like this needed to hit a lot harder.

  • Soumya Srivastava
    Soumya Srivastava
    Hindustan Times


    The only way you can enjoy this mindless film is by looking at the fun side of the ‘witty punishments’ the vigilante foursome unleashes on its victims. Ah yes, even the dialogues: They are so miserable that you just cannot the miss their fun side.

  • Kusumita Das
    Kusumita Das
    Deccan Chronicle


    So if you are looking for a fun ride, Ungli won’t disappoint. But because of its simplistic approach, Ungli is only entertaining, not thought-provoking.

  • Ungli begins with a bang and that’s about it!

  • Ungli has a few attributes that you will not usually encounter in a Karan Johar production. It has no big stars, no elaborate song and dance set pieces and no major love story.

    But when a film is more interesting for what it isn’t than for what it is, giving it a miss might be the most prudent option.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    DNA India


    The film has an interesting premise, but the second half and shoddy climax does Ungli to any chances of it leaving a lasting impression on us.

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    The intention may have been good but the plot is silly and way to unrealistic! It’s kind of clear that some of it was possibly salvaged in post production but quite a bit was beyond repair. So Ungli releases with all the loopholes at a theatre near you.

  • I think it’s putting too much of a responsibility on a film to instigate a social change. It’s job is to primarily entertain and make better cinema. Ungli’s novelty is its highlight point. Benefitting from sharp writing, lucid narrative and a few clapworthy zingy dialogues which have the punch, I do think Ungli is one of 2014′s most novel concepts. Well rendered and acted with zeal, don’t miss five people showing an entire system, the finger.

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    Ungli has a lofty, well-meaning premise which is presented wearily, with dialogue writer Milap Milan Zaveri, the crew member most responsible for the mishap.

  • …if you want to watch a film about rebelling against the corrupt system then UNGLI is a decent watch for this weekend.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Rampant use of clichés and skewered logic aside, the one single fact that murders any and all prospects of this film is its campy dialogue. Some of the lines force you to throw your head into your lap. The kitschy nature of these dialogues is beyond belief… End of the day, what could’ve been a thrilling and defiant movie, turns out to be such a listless affair.

  • D’Silva has taken dollops of cinematic liberties and one can even see the residue of RANG DE BASANTI (which he co-wrote) but the movie does connect. And that is what matters.

  • The good looking bunch of actors with decent performances (Hooda and Hashmi stand out) managing-to-keep-you-hooked kind of script and a fairly laidback, easy, not in your face direction (Rensil D’silva) could have made this film wonderful, but for the dialogues.

  • ‘Ungli’ is a good effort, judging purely by the mediocrity we’ve been dished out in the name of cinema of late, but that doesn’t make this effort great.

  • Ungli is a wasted opportunity, because it had all the tools for a fun comedy thriller. Perhaps next time D’Silva will deign to shoehorn melodrama when the comedy is working so well. The good thing about Ungli is it runs just shy of two hours, so even if you dislike the film, you’ll forget it the moment you reach home in time for dinner. The final shot of the movie is a giant hand showing you the middle finger, so whether you take that as a hint or not, is left to you.

  • Much like the middle finger salute, however, Ungli ends up to be a rather pointless and forgettable gesture.

  • Johnson Thomas
    Johnson Thomas
    The Free Press Journal


    Rensil D’silva (infamous for Qurbaan) gets into the all-in-one act with dialogues, story, screenplay and direction credited to him so there isn’t much cause to blame anyone else for the sloppy misinformed plotting. Also the lack of cohesive reasoning is unpardonable. Deepa Bhatia, editing expert extraordinaire does her best to make the film racier and more exciting but the narrative just doesn’t have what it takes.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Rensil D’Silva’s story has noble intentions and is topical as corruption affects every single man in every walk of life today. However, the well-intentioned story is too simplistic which makes it unpalatable. Ungli lacks entertainment as well as inspirational value and will, therefore, flop miserably at the box-office.

  • Ungli is a film that starts with some good intent but falters midway. Much like the fact that the filmmaker resorts to using the punch sign instead of the middle finger that he initially intended to. Censor scare. I would have recommended they change the name of the film from Ungli to Mukka, but then with a film that lack any punch the change in name would have hardly mattered.

  • Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar


    Ungli has an interesting plot, backed by good acting performances. You will not feel bad spending your hard earned money on this film. Even waiting for the DVD would not be a bad option.

  • …the disturbingly repetitive plot of this supposedly realistic film that’s got some top actors to show up at what must be less than their current market rates. I suspect this alignment of stars has something to do with the film’s producer, Karan Johar, who could do this society great service by writing a book on ‘how to win friends and influence people’.

  • The film does have a social message which every proud citizen of the country must catch and understand—however, if only what cinema shows could be turned into reality with a whiff of fresh air. Do watch it to find your way of fighting the revolution!

  • BookMyShow Team
    BookMyShow Team


    This movie will make you laugh right till the end! And if you have been living under a rock and haven’t had such an encounter, then it’s safe to say you can simply watch it for Shraddha Kapoor.

  • Subramanian Harikumar
    Subramanian Harikumar
    Bollywood Life


    Keeping aside all its flaws and shortcomings, Ungli is still a decent entertainer and warrants a one time watch as there is nothing much to munch on for movie goers at theatres this weekend. Go with zero expectations and chances are that you won’t show me your ‘ungli’ for recommending Ungli.

  • The issue the film takes up is pertinent and that needs to be applauded. Even the solution— that of common people breaking the law to teach the corrupt and criminal a lesson— had potential for a rousing story. But where’s the point, if the execution doesn’t convince you of either the path or the people undertaking it. This could have been a highly impactful, immersing film that, despite its intent, falls tragically short.

  • An engaging film Ungli is. But like observed in another film not too long ago, “Human behavior and life doesn’t change in 3 hours.”

  • A sloppy display of corporate social responsibility by a production house that usually indulges in fluff…

  • Vishal Menon
    Vishal Menon
    The Hindu


    With its incoherent subplots and all its silly dialogues that would embarrass even David Dhawan’s dialogue writer, Ungli becomes a shadow of what it could have been.

  • JPN


    The film has social relevance, it raises the prominent problem of corruption, where the common man is not able to raise his voice against corrupt powers and suffers the injustice. The film somehow is successful in delivering the message of fighting for the injustice done to common man.

  • Ungli, led by Randeep Hooda, Emraan Hashmi and Sanjay Dutt, is loaded with noble intentions, but is weighed down by uneven execution and simplistic twists.

  • …an edgy drama but certainly contains a strong social message.

  • Ungli deals with corruption in a very simplistic, superficial way. It never reaches out to the root of the problem, is quick to judge the poor Pandu hawaldaar or the auto drivers on the road and is quicker to punish them. It would be better if they dealt with what caused corruption than ways to deal with it. It even ends abruptly with no concrete message.
    Ungli is not as bad as O Teri or Fugly, but not even close to the best corruption movie of all times — Rang De Basanti. If RDB led to an awakening, Ungli does just the opposite. It put me to sleep.