Noblemen, a tale of bullying in boarding schools, starring Kunal Kapoor and directed by Vandana Kataria is getting rave reviews from Day 1 of its release.
The movie, inspired by the Merchant of Venice and produced under the banner of Yoodle Films released on 28th June 2019.
It is set up in a prestigious all boys' boarding school, where unwritten codes of hierarchy are practiced by the boys.
The coming-of-age drama film mirrors the most difficult, brutal truths about bullying and points out the sinister ways in which it can take shape.
But hey, why take our word for it? Here’s how people are reacting to the movie on the first day of its release.
1. Veteran film journalists are calling the movie a ‘small, but important film’
With all that is happening a small, but important film #Noblemen may get lost. A strong story about bullying in boarding schools, and same sex desires, this @YoodleeFilms production with @kapoorkkunal #AliHaji @Soni_Razdan is a must watch.— Aseem Chhabra (@chhabs) June 28, 2019
'For anyone who has ever felt the pangs of growing up #Noblemen is a must see. The rawest most brutal and disturbing coming-of-rage Indian film I've ever seen.' 4 stars.— SubhashKJha (@SubhashK_Jha) June 26, 2019
2. The movie reviews highlight the good points, but also point out the flaws
"Although the climax is implausible, director Kataria’s ability to create a deeply felt and non-glamorous portrait of boarding school life is rarely in doubt. Kunaal Kapoor is perfectly adequate as the well-meaning teacher whose unconventional ways have unforeseen consequences. The movie’s star performer is Ali Haji, who turns out an acutely sensitive performance as Shay. Ali Mir, Shaan Grover, Muskkaan Jaferi and Hardik Thakker are also very convincing as the ones preying and being preyed upon." - Nandini Ramnath in Scroll.In "Noblemen addresses school bullying head on – and gives a very graphic picture of just how brutal it can get. And the psychological impact it can eventually have on one’s mind. It also tackles confusion about one’s sexual orientation, homophobia and the pressure to fit in. The pace does lag at points but overall the film headlines some very important issues. " - Sreeparna Sengupta in The Times of India "You wish that the director had thought of a more believable climax. It is the only jarring note in a film which focuses on such an important subject, with such clear insider knowledge and authenticity." - Shubhra Gupta, in The Indian Express
3. Karan Johar, though, is all praises for the film
The heartbreaking reality of bullying captured with such sensitivity and so cinematically....I look forward to watchching #noblemen! Please see this trailer! Clutter breaker and super! Congratulations to director #vandanakataria @kapoorkkunal @Soni_Razdan https://t.co/7hJG5foeEg— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) June 22, 2019
4. And here’s what Soni Razdan, who has acted in the movie, has to say about it
A film for every boy and every girl, every parent and every teacher. The terror unleashed by bullying can have devastating consequences... enter the world of #Noblemen this Friday at a theatre near you. #BooTheBully @kapoorkkunal https://t.co/BwVamUXDPF— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) June 26, 2019
5. Some more reactions
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” #MayaAngelou .. #Noblemen Thank you for this important film?#VandanaKataria @YoodleeFilms @kapoorkkunal @smwhtlatelatif @TulseaTalent https://t.co/q798CHppTb— Rajshri Deshpande (@rajshriartist) June 27, 2019
All said and done, Noblemen does address a very thorny issue which very few films have tried to engage with over the years.
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