Darbaan Reviews (Top Critics)


Darbaan (gatekeeper), based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore, begins in 1972 in Dhanbad, then in Bihar. The film pits the benevolent capitalist- a coal mine owner who knows what is best for everyone- against the nationalization of the coal mines that was happening around the time. Much like Lootera used the Zamindari Abolition Act to weave in its story of heartbreak, here too the Nationalization is used to create the first impulse for drama.

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By Vishal Verma (3.5/5)

Darbaan (Guard) the adaption of a 1918 short story 'Khokababur Pratyabartan' written by legendary Nobel Prize winner Rabindra Nath Tagore aka Gurudev. It's a story of an inseparable bond between a master and his servant.

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By Anna M.M. Vetticad (2.5/5)

A National Award-winning Marathi director making a Hindi language film based on a short story by a Nobel Prize-winning Bengali litterateur - this is the sort of cultural co-mingling that India needs in these troubled times. Darbaan (Guard) is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's short story Khokababur Pratyabartan (Little Master's Return) that was turned into an acclaimed 1960 Bengali film of the same name starring Uttam Kumar and Sumita Sanyal.

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By Nandini Ramnath

Bipin Nadkarni's Darbaan begins in 1971, the year India's coal mines were nationalised. Mine owners suffer a loss of wealth and status. The palatial mansion in which Naren (Harsh Chhaya) lives with his family and retinue of domestic workers slowly begins to empty out. Naren's son Anukul, who goes to school in a Volkswagen convertible and has his own manservant, feels the loss too.

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By Gautaman Bhaskaran (1.5/5)

Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's stories are universal and have an essential timelessness about them - 0ne of which is Khokababur Pratyabartan (The Return of Little Master). Penned in 1891, this tale was adapted in a 1960 Bengali language movie with the evergreen matinee idol, Uttam Kumar, essaying a loyal servant in a sprawling zamindari haveli in the coal-mining town of Jharia.

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The Times Of India
By Archika Khurana (3.5/5)

'Darbaan' is an adaptation of a 1918 short story 'Khokababur Pratyabartan' written by the legendary Rabindranath Tagore. It tells the story of the inseparable bond between a master and his caretaker. Set in Dhanbad's Jharia village, a coal mine owner Naren Tripathi's (Harsh Chhaya) son Anukul aka Anu shares a special relationship with their most trusted manservant Raicharan aka Raichu (Sharib Hashmi).

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The Hindu
By Pradeep Kumar

Darbaan is based on Rabindranath Tagore's popular story of a loyal servant who does the unthinkable act of sacrificing his son in order to keep his master's family happy. Marathi filmmaker Bipin Nadkarni, who debuts in Hindi with Darbaan, adapts the story and adds his own narrative bits. The story begins in 1971 and is set in the backdrop of the then-Indira Gandhi-led government's decision to nationalise coal mines.

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