DVD Sixteen

DVD Sixteen
DVD Sixteen
Run time: 138 min
Rating: 6.3
Genres: Drama | Romance | Thriller
Director: Raj Purohit
Writers: Raj Purohit, Pawan Sony
Stars: Wamiqa Gabbi, Izabelle Liete, Mehak Manwani
Welcome to sixteen’s world. A world where growing up has speeded up multifold times from the time you and me were kids. Once upon a time, it was the age of innocence, the age of sweetness, the age when one had the first crush. But times have changed. In the times of Internet, Delhi times and page-3 and more than 300 Tv channels, innocence is the first casualty. Sixteen is a story about lost innocence and teenage heartache in urban India. Meet Anu – Young, intelligent, good looking, sensitive, ambitious. Brash, bold with lots of attitude. She’s almost a woman now. In the way she dresses, in the way she approaches life. She is aware of the effect she has on the men around her. She has been through breakups (note the plural), has flings and wants to be the Miss India. So that she can one day rule the glamour world. Meet Tanisha- In search of love, withdrawing at the slightest notice of an imperfection, Tanisha is gutsy, but more rooted. Going on a blind date is not a problem with her. … Written by Akansha Khanna
Country: India
Release Date: 12 July 2013 (India)


  1. To start with I generally am too lazy to write reviews but I had to express my views about this movie as close to zero people know about this movie and a solid positive review is something which will represent my liking towards the movie in a perfect way and even if 1 person decides to watch this movie because of my review, trust me I'll be the happiest person. OK let me cut the crap and go straight down to the content.

    It is about teenagers who have different family backgrounds and face different problems in their life. All four main protagonist deal with sensitive issues which was handled very well.

    The matters considered and the stuff discussed could have easily crossed the line to becoming vulgar but that never happened. The acting I wouldn't say was great but yeah it was good.

    All set and done a socially relevant movie which remains a must watch and can be seen with family. I'm glad that I gave it a try . Started with zero hopes about the movie and ended with a review here, that says it all.

  2. Just a few days back in a Gurgaon Pub (near New Delhi), there was a Police raid in which they found hundreds of School children (mostly in the age of 15-18), partying hard with loud music on, liquor bottles in hands and joints being smoked freely. The scene in the pub shocked the policemen hugely and then they decided to call all the parents of the kids at the spot to show them the result of their liberty given. The invitation of the party was reportedly passed on through FACEBOOK & WHATS Up accounts which deliberately targeted 'School Kids' in particular charging a fixed amount for the booze and eatables provided.

    Now this is exactly one of the many problems of the youth depicted in this well intentioned film SIXTEEN, which tries to present it quite realistically with many shocking dialogues, never been used before in a Hindi Film Script till date. Thoughtfully directed by Raj Purohit, it can easily be called a decent attempt to showcase the sweet, energetic yet tough & indecisive years of the youth in the age group of 15-18. The age, when life and all its important emotions are being discovered for the first time like friendship, ambition, love, lust, sex and infatuation. The school days, when the young ones are willing to try anything just for experiencing it once in an adventurous mode but cannot see its drastic consequences due to their short sightedness. Those energetic years, when innocence is eager enough to give away to boldness and so called adulthood in a fast mode. And when the young ones are simply not interested to listen to any kind of advice or suggestion given by their respected grown-ups around, for any matter at all.

    The film captures many tender moments of that age honestly and doesn't shy away from using the controversial phrases like "losing the virginity", "how was it for the first time" and many more. Its first half keeps progressing calmly with many occasional brilliant moments and then loses the grip post intermission due to too many sub-plots being tackled together. Plus one of its tracks around the father -son relationship goes over the top too with an unexpected tragic twist in its storyline. The not so memorable soundtrack hinders the pace regularly with few avoidable songs but the dialogues keep impressing the viewer a lot right till the end. In short, once the film is over, you just feel like having seen something good and better than many big over hyped projects but still not anything exceptionally great or path breaking.

    In the performance section, SIXTEEN has many likable acts by its entire young cast including Izabelle Leite, Wamiqa Gabbi, Mehak Manwani, Rohan Mehra, Highphill Mathews and Varun Jhamb. Along with the younger brigade, Zakir Hussain is great as usual and both Prabhleen & Keith Sequeira put up a cool act together. But in order to reach its desired target audience, the film desperately needed a great energetic hit song which could bring in that young crowd in the theater on whom the film is entirely based upon.

    Therefore in absence of any instantly catchy song and heavy promotional campaign, SIXTEEN will remain one of those genuine & well acted small attempts which will eventually find it hard to reach its young viewers. So in case you cannot find the spirit to watch it in the theaters then do try to catch it on DVD once it gets released in the home video market in the next few weeks.


    PLOT : sixteen deals with lives of four teenagers who are on the verge of facing the world, four lives, waiting to be churned in the flow of time.

    CAST : NIDHI (Mehak Manwani) TANISHA (Wamiqa Gabbi) ANU (Izabelle Liete) ASHWIN (Highphill Mathew) VIKRAM (Keith Sequeira)

    Firstly , a wonderful film. it may not be star studded, super thrilling, action packed, but its a movie that remains in your heart for a while. a good storytelling, fresh concept, & fine performances that makes it a film with feelings, honesty, realism. 16 is a age which we take as new life to begin with. it revolves around love, sex, family, school, boyfriends, girlfriends and above all a search to know who are you..? the more you try to solve the more it gets puzzled. life has its own way of treating us, sixteen deals with these age..softly, politely, rudely, & emotionally.

    Secondly, the film could have been around 10- 15 minutes shorter, its ending stretches. few shots should have been better, couple of good situation wasted by ASHWIN (mathew), specially the breakdown at the end. a bit less music. may be the story at few places could have been a bit better written

    now.. don't read this review any more, it will get u in two minds. see the movie , u will feel great.. feel the movie, u should not regret. its different, its happening u will love the relationships.


  4. Sixteen is a movie every teenager should watch & this is not like an advice but education. It talks everything about the age & it talks bold.

    With newbies doing fantastic work with whatever was given to them, it talks about the lives of few classmates who have just entered adolescence. Their wild escapades, sensitive talks & everything related to it. The love factor, relationships, sex & the generation – Sixteen has everything in large amounts in it. The plot has lots of references of which many make sense. Some elements are hackneyed thus giving us some unanswered questions. Although, the characters are so nicely baked by the writers, they pull certain topics with finesse. All the factors introduced are handled properly giving a wonderful conclusion.

    Screenplay is fine but editing & cinematography is awful. And that doesn't stop the viewer from enjoying the thrills, shakes & reality inculcated into the story. The grave reality in the second half is truly enduring. a 6.5 out of 10 for this amazing effort.

    BOTTOM LINE: One of the best & meaningful films of 2013, in spite of its boldness. A must watch! Highly recommended, if you are ready to compromise with the film factors.

    Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

    Profanity: Mild; Muted | Vulgarity: Mild | Nudity: No | Foreplay/Mouth- Kiss: Mild | Sex: No; Implied | Violence: Mild | Gore: No | Smoking: Strong | Alcohol: Mediocre | Drugs: No | Porn: Very Mild

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