Critics have praised the story but have criticized the way the issue of ragging is kept under wraps. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an audience approval rating of 54% based on 100+ reviews. Indiaglitz.com says that \"Table No. 21 keeps you engaged right from start to the finish. If the beginning portions are frothy, middle portions turn thrilling, post-interval is dramatic and ultimately the narrative turns dark before reaching a shocking end.\" Ankur Pathak of Rediff.com says that \"Table No. 21 should be watched for the reactive social commentary that it is and should not be misconceived as a vigilante film.\" Rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India rated the film 3/5 stars. Mansha Rastogi of Nowrunning.com says that \"Table No. 21, although may not be a completely out of the box, never before concept but it's the execution of the story and the acting that makes this film a one-time watch.\" Prasanth of Movieorange.com says that \"Table No 21 is an excellent thriller, with a good message.\" Rated it 8 out of 10. Over the years the movie has been considered a cult movie for its unique concept.
It's not just the premise that grabs your attention, but TABLE NO. 21 stands out because it doesn't borrow the formulaic template, nor does it rely on the predictable twists and turns or caricaturist characters to enthrall the spectator. It's clever, engaging and carries a message that hits you like a ton of bricks. Importantly, it's a well crafted thriller that delivers more than what it promised in its attention-grabbing promos.
Director Aditya Datt pulls off the innovative concept with Ãlan, as the game as well as the back stories leave you gasping for breath. You might draw parallels with some Hollywood movies, but the message it drives home and the way it terminates makes the viewer in you satiated. While one is itching to describe a few sequences and unravel the course of the film during the penultimate stages, it would be unfair on my part to spill the beans. The beauty of the film will be to watch it without knowing anything and absorbing it like a sponge, since it's a film about characters and conflict with a big revelation. I'd like to make a special mention of its writing [story-screenplay: Shantanu Ray and Sheershak Anand; additional screenplay and dialogue: Abhijeet Deshpande], which leaves no scope for loopholes. In fact, like I pointed at the very outset, the writing demands that you stay alert and attentive, else you might lose chunks in the plot. The sole deterrent is its slow pacing in its first hour.
On the whole, TABLE NO. 21 is a commendable movie-going experience. If you are an extremely choosy moviegoer who watches select first-rate films a year, make sure TABLE NO. 21 is included on your listing. Strongly recommended!
My concern with films with social message is that an audience like me needs no convincing. I'm already on the story-teller's side of the issue. The people who need to watch the film are the one's who commit the crime. And even if they were to watch a film like this, would that make a difference in their behavior. Even powerful films might not have that effect, and Table No 21 isn't even hard-hitting enough. So, what's the point Sorry, talking about the kind of crime in question would be giving the movie away.
I quite liked it except for the climax..ragingi mean they could have thought of a thousand more interesting \"twists\" than this!!As for the social message,this is no Salman Khan film which is gonna be watched by 5 cr people and influence another few crores!This is small scale low budget thriller with a limited audience and as u said correctly,\"we don't need any convincing,the one's who do aren't gonna be watching this film anyways\"..Paresh Rawal was excellent though.His act starting from a charming resort manager to an evil,sly,suave and venomous host and ultimately the scene of him being a father in agony and grief is definitely worth a watch!Rajeev Khandelwal is a huge disappointment especially after his class act in Aamir.Tena Desae is just there to strip down and show off her well toned body which she manages with ease!A decent one time watch overall.
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Region 5, Friday at Denver East High School: No. 5 Denver East is laden with skilled seniors and a few sophomore stars, too, but will have to deal with the underseeded likes of No. 20 Highlands Ranch (15-8) and No. 32 Rangeview, which ran the table to a 10-0 record in the East Metro League. Denver East vs. Rangeview at 3:30 p.m., Highlands Ranch vs. Rangeview at 5:30 p.m., Denver East vs. Highlands Ranch at 7:30 p.m.
The teacher was on the right track but went about it the wrong way. On this most of us can agree. She could have taken the opportunity to teach the class about the justice system. Bring the bully up to the front of the class, ask any victims to speak up against the bully, then ask the bully's friends to speak up for him, then let the rest of the class vote for or against the bully. Do all this with the parents of any of the kids that can attend and the principal and vice-principal present. The principal will protest. The parents will protest. It's up to the teacher to hold her ground and demand of the principal, \"The jury's out on the kid. He's guilty of bullying, so what's the punishment going to be\" If the principal doesn't follow through on a guilty verdict, he'll have to answer then and there to the parents of the victims. Then look at the kids and say, \"This is how the American legal system works; if you do something wrong, your peers will hold you accountable and you will be punished.\" Might make the kids consider their actions on a broader scale after that.
Very true! Parents of bullies never think their kids are jerks, even when they are. What the teacher did was wrong. But I sincerely doubt this kid was an 'angel' either, especially when so many kids and the teacher were against him. No one wakes up one day and says 'okay, you're a bully so I'm going to hit you'. Something major had led up to that point. While the teacher should be accountable for her actions, I also hope the error of her ways doesn't excuse that kid.
It's kinda good that our society is now fed up with bullying instead of dismissing it as a trivial matter. The time of a soft slap on the wrist is over, especially after that horrible 'Making the Bus Monitor Cry' video popped up. Schools need to take more disciplinary action against bullies and parents needs to be more accountable for raising their kids. My parents were no-nonsense people who made SURE I suffered the consequences for my actions. As a result, I mind my manners and treat others as I would like to be treated today.
I think it should all go back to the parents we did make and mold them to our liking. Remove these children from public school and public transportation .I don't think it will take very long for a parent having to pay for school and transporting them to school on there own to get these children in line with what is acceptable in our society.
See you don't know what actions she had taken prior and they did not work. If she had reported to the parents and the administration and it just got swept under the rug, she might had reached her limit. Remember she is human......This type of behavior is so distracting in the classroom and when you inform the parent, they would sometimes would turn the table and say other kids were bothering their kids. Teaching is very hard. Not enough support from administration and parents.
You are so out of reality. Let me tell you something, sonce you were obviously NEVER bullied. The teacher CANNOT watch all kids at the same time, and it is so easy to \"get your licks in\" on those rare occasions when you DO stand up for yourself. I know, I was bullied nearly every day of school. I have been tripped, hit, assaulted, chocked, body-slammed, gut punched, kicked in the groin, and verbally abused... all within sight and earshot of school officials. The secret easy, bully some other kid into distracting the teachers.... the PARENTS failed by not putting the fear of consequences into that brat. Mostly in this case because there is apparently no father figure to show this punk how to be a real man.
And who cares what Christians \"should\" do. It's America in 2012, the most sinful/backstabbing/immoral nation ever devised, these little religion games don't fix things anymore. You can thank the media for that. This bullying issue will never stop as long as these fat, dumb, medicated kids keep staying inside and watching TV and playing video games all day instead of interacting with others and playing outside. And that's attributed to this wonderful parenting nowadays...
Yes, it is soooooo horrible to teach children to band together and stand up against being abused. It is also horrible to teach the bully that if you abuse others, they may band together and turn the tables on you.
What this teacher did was teach a few dangerous lessons. First, she taught the kids that being in a gang is acceptable and justified. She showed this by instructing them to each take turns hitting him. This is what gangs do. Second, she taught them that physical violence is justifiable. Third, she taught the bully that might makes right, something he will be sure to get better at as he ages. Finally, she taught them that adults are not really there to guide and protect you. Certainly, the bully himself will not be able to trust anyone else in authority.
I do not believe in hitting to solve a problem. I do feel bad for the 6 year old boy who clearly has learned this behavior somewhere. Remember, parents in our society ARE a child's first teacher. I'd like to know who his parents are and how