Read the Soni Movie Reviews starring Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Saloni Batra
Soni Reviews
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Bollywood NetFlix Hindi Movie Soni Reviews and Ratings from Top Film Critics.
Director: Ivan Ayr
Writer: Ivan Ayr, Kislay
Genre(s): Crime Drama
Release Date: 18 January, 2019

Jyoti Sharma Bawa | Hindustan Times: 4/5
Soni doesn’t give any answers, it doesn’t dramatize problems too. It just shows life as it is and is all the more powerful for it. Perhaps one of the most masterful Indian films on Netflix ... Full Review

Elisabeth Vincentelli | The New York Times: 2/5
Ayr does not offer any tension-releasing catharsis, making his film efficiently disquieting in its own unassuming manner ... Full Review

Shubra Gupta | The Indian Express: 2.5/5
Ivan Ayr’s debut feature stands out by making its lead protagonists women who lead by example. Both Geetika Vidya Ohlyan and Saloni Batra are very good, inhabiting their characters and filling them with real flavour ... Full Review

Devasheesh Pandey | News18: 4/5
Netflix's New Movie is Quiet but Powerful Take on Gender Politics in Police Force. Despite its narrative minimalism, Soni, a Netflix film, has a compelling story to tell ... Full Review

Akhil Arora | NDTV: 3.5/5
Soni simply isn't a film for the masses, for how uncomfortable its truths and realisations are, and that's also why it's by far Netflix's most nuanced and best acquisition from India yet, one that is bound to largely go unnoticed ... Full Review

Saibal Chatterjee | NDTV: 4.5/5
Soni shows us the inside of a Delhi police station in a manner that mainstream Hindi cinema rarely does. The slow-burning drama grabs you from scene one and does not release its grip for a minute. Unmissable ... Full Review

Umesh Punwani | Koimoi: 3.5/5
Exposing Major Issues Over Subtle Conversations! Developing a 96 minutes film from a single thought needs an applaud ... Full Review

Namrata Joshi | The Hindu: 3.5/5
Soni is a slice of life portrayal of a normalised patriarchy. It cuts too close to the bone in its own quiet, unobtrusive yet unflinching way ... Full Review

Jaity Pandey | In Breakthrough: 4/5
The movie Soni is one of the most subtle yet powerful performances, unravelling the insights on the functioning of a police station in Delhi. The insights shared are quite different than what we usually see in a majority of Bollywood movies ... Full Review

Dipankar Sarkar | Vague Visages: 2/5
Despite being a well-intentioned art house film, Soni somehow fails to create an impressionistic effect and often feels cliched ... Full Review

Siddartha Toleti | Binged: 3/5
A Different Perspective On Women Power. Geetika Vidya Ohlyan is terrific in the title role of hard-boiled police. The aggression that she brings to the character feels so natural and spontaneous ... Full Review

Sreehari Nair | Rediff: 2/5
Outrage, unedited. Soni is a soft treatment of a very complex subject ... Full Review

Karishma Upadhyay | FirstPost: 4.5/5
Netflix's taut, engaging drama boasts of restrained yet powerful performances ... Full Review

Rahul Desai | Film Companion: 4/5
An Excellently Acted, Nuanced And Unflinching Mirror To Our Times. On the back of astutely observed scenes and unflinchingly lived-in performances, first-time director Ivan Ayr constantly poses some unnerving questions ... Full Review

Shikha Singh | Book My Show: 4/5
A brilliant depiction of the human side of two policewomen ... Full Review

Ashameera Aiyappan | Cinema Express: 3/5
A deep, explorative peek into our gender biases . Amid stories that pit women against one other to horrifying effect, Soni is a breath of fresh air ... Full Review

Rahul Soni | Jagran: 4/5
यह फिल्म एक करारा जवाब भी है. यह फिल्म हिंदी श्रेणी में नेत्फ्लिक्स की एक बेहतरीन पेशकश है ... Full Review

Amar Ujala: 3/5
फिल्म भले गीतिका विद्या के किरदार के नाम पर हो लेकिन फिल्म के हर कलाकार ने इसका नाम बनाए रखने में बराबर की जिम्मेदारी उठाई है। इवान अय्यर का निर्देशन और संपादन दोनों नंबर वन है। ... Full Review

Keyur Seta | Chitramala: 3/4
Deep inside, the two diametrically opposite characters symbolize the state of the police in India today when the corrupt and the greedy seem to have taken over the system. While one wants to simply destroy the evil, the other is more mindful of the consequences of a rash act ... Full Review

Aditya Shrikrishna | Silver Screen: 3.5/5
Ayr uses long takes and tracking shots to draw tension into every sequence, the filmmaking so deft that it disabuses us of the fact that this is Ayr’s debut. Geetika Vidya Ohlyan and Saloni Batra turn in fantastic performances ... Full Review

IANS | Business Standard: 5/5
Suffice it to say, this unheard-of masterpiece with a cast of completely new actors, brings an experience from the lives of the women in Delhi's police force without exaggerating, dramatising or sentimentalising their thankless work ... Full Review

Sreeju Sudhakaran | Latestly: 4/5
Netflix's Latest Offering is a Brilliantly Acted, Incredible Tale Of Friendship Set in a Grim Reality ... Full Review

Nandakumar Rammohan | The Quint: 4/5
Soni’ Is a Fly-On-The-Wall Look at Gender, Sexism and Misogyny. Soni is restrained and creates an atmosphere that might get your blood boiling but never reflects that aggression in the film itself. It’s an important film ... Full Review

Poulomi Das | Arre: 3.5/5
Soni’s undramatic indictment of how normalised patriarchy continues to smother even the most empowered women, is probably the most riskiest and bravest ... Full Review

Saraswati Datar | The News Minute: 4/5
This film on Netflix about two Indian women cops is a must watch. 'Soni' forces you as a viewer to introspect how easily we have normalised patterns of male violence and aggression ... Full Review

Becky Kukla | Film Inquiry: 5/5
Soni, as a gritty realist portrait, feels fresh and unique – both in it’s portrayal of Kalpana and Soni and its technical achievements. Indian cinema does not often offer up difficult and dark narratives, usually preferring stories which conclude with happy endings, so perhaps Soni is an indication of a shit in Indian cinema ... Full Review

Barbara Shulgas | Common Sense Media: 2/5
Despite the obvious good intentions and solid performances in this movie, there still seems to be a meandering quality about it that leaves a viewer feeling the director has no urgent point to make ... Full Review

Joel Keller | Decider: 3.5/5
Soni effectively communicates how frustrating it is to be a woman in a highly patriarchal society, even while women are speaking up in other parts of the world ... Full Review

Siddhant Adlakha | Polygon: 3.5/5
It frames neither fury nor empathy as hidden solutions, but as equally necessary survival mechanism, and it does so through constant, expertly timed movement, capturing confusion, volatility, and tenderness, often in the same breath ... Full Review

Eddie Strait | The Daily Dot: 4/5
Soni is a smart crime drama with poignant observations on inequality. Ayr doesn’t allow the story to devolve into sermonizing or finger-wagging. He keeps the film on-track, and Ohlyan and Batra form its soul ... Full Review

Deborah Young | The Hollywood Reporter: 3/5
A feminist viewpoint becomes as gripping as a TV police drama ... Full Review

Rob Adlam | Back Seat Mafia: 4/5
Soni becomes such a powerful argument for urgent change. Not only is it a comment on wider society, it’s a study of female power dynamics in a male-dominated world ... Full Review

Willow Maclay | The Film Stage: 2/5
Soni is shot like an entirely third-person experience, but is scripted like a workplace drama, begging for us to know Soni and Kalpana inside and out. By tracking them instead of giving them space to take up the frame while the camera sits, it always seems like these two characters are too far out of reach, and in a movie of this type, that is a death knell ... Full Review

Jay Weissberg | Variety: 3.5/5
An intelligent, subtle script and unobtrusively bravura camerawork are the hallmarks of this indie Indian gem about two policewomen combating harassment and gender expectations ... Full Review