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B. A. PASS  (2013 - Hindi)

B. A. PASS cumulative rating: 1.95 out of 51.95/5 (18 users)

B. A. PASS critics rating: 3.15 out of 5 3.15/5 (9 critics)

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It creates the right mood but doesn't leave you with much to think

In a voiceover during the film's opening scene, as he stares emptily at his parents' corpses before him, Mukesh, the protagonist of 'BA Pass' describes their untimely deaths as a betrayal. It's the first of many to come for this unsuspecting young boy, played by Shadab Kamal, who's at the cusp of discovering that it's every man for himself in the world outside. Adapted from a short story by Mohan Sikka titled 'Railway Aunty', which appearedmore

B.A. PASS is a stark and brutal saga of seduction and betrayal

Converting a book into a film is a daunting task and director Ajay Bahl attempts just that with his film B.A. PASS. Based on a story 'The Railway Aunty' by Mohan Sikka from the book 'Delhi Noir', an anthology based mainly in and around Delhi, the film is the story of a young, small-town boy Mukesh [Shadab Kamal], who moves to Delhi to stay with his aunt and finish his college. It is here that he is seduced by a mysterious married womanmore

B.A. Pass has some standout performances

Savita bhabhi has a new competitor. Sarika Khanna (Shilpa) is a ‘desperate’ housewife who finds sexual gratification in the arms of a younger boy Mukesh (Shadab) who gets addicted to their steamy sessions. What starts off as an isolated random encounter soon becomes a regular affair. But before you think this one is a one dimensional erotic drama, there comes a twist that puts the right spin to the story. Soon the tables turn and the temptressmore

BA Pass is an impressively dark and sexy film

I love the word Taut. One of the finest words to describe films about crime, it’s a delicious word, evoking images of a tightrope yanked to within inches of breaking point, a tensed muscle coiled for action, a narrative stretched like cling-film. Unfortunately, it is a word we Indian critics get to use less, since far too many of our films (our thrillers, especially) meander on -- choosing to hem and haw and sing instead of getting to the pointmore

Passes with flying colors

It's raining quality indies in B-town. After the epoch-ushering Ship of Theseus comes BA Pass, a first film by Ajay Bahl adapted from Mohan Sikka's The Railway Aunty, a short story. Masterful craftsmanship couples with riveting storytelling to form a satiating noir feature on the themes of lust and treachery (with some coming of age thrown in for good measure) that is well worth your time. When we first meet young Mukesh, it's at his parents' funeralmore

The film rises above the mundane and tries to stick its neck out into the darker side of life

Sexual awakening is one thing while it leading to extreme consequences is another. To director Ajay Bahl’s advantage, there haven’t been many Hindi films that could tackle both the points maturely. Making the most of the so-called neo-noir genre, the film at hand rises above the mundane and tries to stick its neck out into the darker side of life. Though the first half is quite predictable, the second half shakes you off your seat with its rawnessmore

Brutally honest…

Bhaiyya aap aa raha hai na?'' That is the haunting line you leave the auditorium with as the chase gets too hot for Mukesh to handle... He takes flight... literally! What else would one do when he comes to the end of the rope? Two young girls (sisters) have run away from the orphanage they were staying in. Their brother is to meet them at the New Delhi railway station. He wants to give them a better life as he is their only hope after their parents passed awaymore

We want to see underneath, and what we get is neon glaze

There is so little attention paid, in a thought-through manner, to the questions arising from marital emptiness and genteel, soul-sucking poverty, and urban decay that when a film like B.A. Pass comes along, you are willing it to be about all of this and more. Ajay Bahl's directorial debut lays out a plot with promise, but then belies it, by not giving us as much as it could, and should have. Mohan (Kamal) is an orphan with no prospects, but burdenedmore

Not to be missed

The film opens with a funereal scene of an extended family in mourning over a double tragedy. It closes with a shockingly distressing finale. And nothing that happens in between provides the minutest glimmer of hope. Yet BA Pass is never less than riveting. It is an unflinching, scalding tale that exposes the heart of darkness that lies under the serene, genteel veneer of middle class life in Delhi. The downbeat drama, which marks cinematographermore