A still from the movie Aiyaary with the bollywood stars Siddharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee

Aiyaary movie review: The movie featuring Sidharth Malhotra, is finally set to release on Friday, February 16. Also, featuring Manoj Bajpayee and Rakul Preet Singh, the movie has received mixed reviews from Bollywood celebrities and critics alike.

A day ahead of the film's release, Karan Johar watched the movie and was in awe of Sidharth's performance.

"#Aiyaary is such a solid smart and poignant thriller!! It makes you think and keeps you on your toes right through! So proud of you @S1dharthM for all the varied choices you make and have excelled in every one of them!! Congratulations to the team! Must watch," he wrote on Twitter.

Aiyaary movie story 

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, Aiyaary showcases Sidharth as the loyal and obedient officer Major Jai Bakshi, who idolizes his mentor Colonel Abhay Singh, played by Manoj Bajpayee. An interesting turn of events leaves the audience intrigued as to what leads to the two being pitted against each other.

The political thriller had been postponed more than once. While it was supposed to open in theatres on January 26, it was pushed to February 9, until it finally locked February 16 as its release date.

Produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada and Motion Picture Capital, Aiyaary also features Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Pooja Chopra in pivotal roles.

Below are the celebs review of Sidharth starrer Aiyaary:

TV actress Krystle D'souza tweeted: "#Aiyaary is a must watch ! Super gripping and an edge of the seat thriller, set against the world of the army and politics ! Also I thought @BajpayeeManoj was amazing in each and every frame. All the best team @aiyaary @neerajpofficial @currentshah"

Check out the critics review of Aiyaary:

Shilajit Mitra of Times Now said: "Aiyaary is a campy spy-thriller trying too hard to be something else. The performances are weak, the cinematography whirly and the dialogues gimmicky. It annoys in length and scope, and disheartens with its sheer wastage of talent. A little more conviction would have made it interesting, had its director listened to his heart. As Sidharth's character Major Jay Bakshi would put it, 'Listening is a fine art.'"

Nandini Ramnath of said: "The movie is engaging enough when on the run and hopping flights and continents. Gifted with the best lines and the most rounded-out characterisation, Manoj Bajpayee makes all his scenes crackle. Aiyaary is meant to be a two-hero film, but Bajpayee ensures that it's a solo ride."

Neil Soans of the Times of India said: "'Aiyaary' has quite a few lethargic scenes that are long-drawn and don't do much to further the story or add to the characters. The film could make a far more intriguing watch with a tighter edit devoid of all the dramatized entries and exits. Those expecting the clever Neeraj Pandey twists will probably be left wanting more. But 'Aiyaary' has measured performances that resound louder than its bombastic score, and they alone make it a worthwhile watch."

Indian Express said: "The performances are not consistently polished. Malhotra is specially surprising, fine-tuning his inner pain, channelizing the Ranbir rather than Ranveer within himself, to deliver a mellow blow to a system of governance that fosters corruption. As for Rakul Preet Singh as Malhotra's love interest, she looks clueless about her function in the plot.
But truly, my favourite performance in this film of indubitable force and inner strength, is by Naseeruddin Shah. Designed to poke needles into our collective national conscience, "Aiyaary" is a film that must be seen by every Indian."

Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: "Aiyaary is a toothless thriller about a clutch of morally-complex, dapper men-in-uniform who turn against each other, but the reasons for doing so doesn't get enough play. Watch this at your own risk."

Umesh Punwani of Koimoi said: "Definitely, a must watch for the suckers of this genre. Neeraj Pandey draws some dots in the first half just to join them in the second. Manoj Bajpayee & Sidharth Malhotra deliver exhilarating performances. The movie has an important message to share, just hold your grip till the end."

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