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Table No. 21  (2013 - Hindi)

Table No. 21 cumulative rating: 3.2 out of 53.2/5 (100 users)

Table No. 21 critics rating: 2.45 out of 5 2.45/5 (13 critics)

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The film is unforgivably lazy and squanders its potential

It's unlikely you'll come out unmoved by the big reveal at the end of Table No 21, whose deeply disturbing finale delivers a hard punch to the gut. But the problem is, while director Aditya Datt and his writers may have cracked a sure-shot climax, they invest very little in the rest of this sloppy thriller. Rajeev Khandelwal and Tina Desae star as middle-class married couple Vivaan and Sia, who've won a weeklong holiday to Fiji in a lucky drawmore

TABLE NO. 21 is a commendable movie-going experience

Films like KAHAANI, TALAASH, also most films helmed by Abbas-Mustan had this uncharacteristic quality of keeping the spectator on tenterhooks till the last frame. A taut thriller demands that the spectator stay vigilant, is all eyes and ears as the story unfolds, becomes a participant while the mind games are being played by the characters on screen... TABLE NO. 21, directed by Aditya Datt, which sets the ball rolling in 2013, truly symbolizes a riveting thrillermore

Book a seat for Table No. 21. Bon appetit!

A Table for two, please? With a stunning view of the Fiji islands, the finest champagne, exclusive service and a lavish 8-course meal. And guess what? It costs absolutely nothing. Now, before you growl with greed, let's see what's on the menu - blood and bravado, love and lies, truth and treachery, money and mind-games. Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Tena Desae), a middle-class couple win a free trip to the exotic Fiji Islandsmore

Table No 21 is a game well played

If we leave aside a few embarrassing hiccups (read Rajdhani Express) that don't even deserve to be accounted for, 2013 has begun on a hard-hitting note at the movies. Table No. 21, the first genuine release of the centenary year of Hindi cinema is a psychological thriller that ends with a delectable twist, one which justifies the intent of the highly structured plot. It not only conveys a relevant message, but does so without being propagandist about itmore

Go ahead; book your seats for TABLE NO 21

Two performances strike you like a thunderbolt in TABLE NO.21. One is that of Hanif Hilal. He is given no lines; all he has to do is be around and express with his face. Brilliant. The second performance that knocks you out is that of Dhruv Ganesh towards the end. His performance will leave you with goose bumps! Giving anything out at this juncture of the review will be spoiling the movie for you. So guys, book your tickets for this thrillermore

Table No. 21 - decent dinner, average desert!

We have seen Rajeev Khandelwal posing personal and predicament-inducing questions to participants in his TV game show Sach Ka Samna. Here, he is on the other side of the testament table with a more animated and entertaining host in the form of Paresh Rawal. Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) is jobless. But he can afford to take his wife (Tena Desae) for a holiday to the exotic Fiji Islands! They travel business class, check in a swanky resortmore

This table does have its share of stray inducements

The line separating the exigencies of middle-class existence from the risks factored into the games that the characters in Table No 21 play is dangerously thin. But so, for sure, is the divide between the truly inspired and the utterly pedestrian. This is a well-meaning film. It even has a relevant social message appended to its ending. Unfortunately, along the way, it yo-yos wildly between semblances of profundity and dashes of pulpmore

Unlucky strike

It’s a week of slim pickings. Between Rajdhani Express and Table No. 21, I flipped a coin and landed up in Fiji. That’s where the table has been laid out, largely to promote the picturesque islands — but a promotional short might have been more fruitful than this jumbo of a mumbo psycho-thriller. If the outcome will be remembered at all, it will be for Paresh Rawal’s hair styling. Whoever created his look must have been impressedmore

Year’s boring beginning

For me, Rajeev Khandelwal is like a warm, luminous ray of sunshine. And in this weather, in Delhi, he is most welcome. Table No. 21, the film through which this ray is beamed at us, is not be bad, but it isn’t good either. Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Teena Desae) are old college lovers who are now Mr and Mrs Avasthi. Vivaan is out of a job, so when they win a free six-day trip to Fiji in a lucky draw, it seems like a godsent giftmore

The last 30 minutes of this gripping thriller has a life of its own. In fact, the end-game is so stunning and so overpowering in its message, that it makes us overlook the ingrained improbability of the rest of the film. Not that "Table No.21" (and wait till you figure out why and how the film gets its title!) doesn't work in its totality. It does. It's a surprisingly good, almost-kickass way to start your movie-going in 2013. A goodlooking original thrillermore

A mediocre film that tries too hard to emulate cheap Hollywood thrills

Purists love to criticise Hindi films for having too many Hollywood film references. While I’m no purist I can sincerely say that there is one too many scenes in Table No. 21 that remind you of past Hollywood thrillers. Of course, a film desperately trying to emulate a western production can’t be too novel. Even though its story has all the right twists, Table No. 21’s presentation looks like it was borrowed from far too many dvdsmore

Best to avoid this one

“If you lie, you die… you die.” Cheesy as it may sound, there are some really good flicks made on that clichéd line (I haven’t repeated the “you die” for effect, it’s verbatim from the movie) with the brilliant Phone Booth being the most memorable. However, Table No. 21 tries hard to be a psychological thriller but ends up being a me-too, and then ruins things further with a social message type endingmore

Passable fare

As thrillers go, Aditya Datt’s “Table No. 21? isn’t likely to keep you on the edge of your seat, but you won’t be making a beeline for the exit either. This is one of those in-between films that won’t really make it to your list of must-see movies. Paresh Rawal plays a hotel tycoon who convinces a young couple holidaying at his resort in Fiji to play a dangerous game, at the end of which they could win a lot of moneymore