Genius Reviews (Top Critics)
By Rahul Desai

Anil Sharma's 165-minute-long Genius, starring his son Utkarsh Sharma, is the adult equivalent of this experience. This is not a film; it is an expensive display of affection by an indulgent father towards his son. On a human level, a man introducing his boy to the world "in and as Genius" is sweet, if a little immodest. It should ideally be none of our business.

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By Nandini Ramnath

Patriotism has been the first and last refuge of director Anil Sharma for years, giving him the perfect excuse to assail the sensibilities of viewers in movie after movie. In Genius, the hyper-nationalist filmmaker gift-wraps his son, Utkarsh, in the Indian tricolour for a film that is about as amateurish as it is preposterous.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (1/5)

The film is written, directed and produced by his dad Anil Sharma. Utkarsh Sharma's launch vehicle is understandably loaded heavily in his favour. A father's love knows no bounds. The film frequently grinds to a halt to allow papa's boy to launch into veritable monologues. The trouble is that in the end Genius - has a Hindi movie title ever been more presumptuous? - does no real favours to the debutant.

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By Meena Iyer (2/5)

Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh) is an orphan but more importantly he is a IIT genius. This master hacker who grows up in the land of Krishna is a patriot and a lover of another order. His only two weaknesses in life are his desh-bhakti and his prem for a cat-eyed woman called Nandini (Ishita).

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta

A young idealistic techie turned RAW agent goes up against a wily ISI agent, and then. In veteran filmmaker Anil Sharma's universe, it is a given that the Indian will win. He's the guy who made Gadar and Hukumat and Elaan-e-Jung, remember?

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By Umesh Punwani (1/5)

In the world of Prems & Rahuls we've our Genius named as Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma). He's a topper from IIT which is more of a Indian Institute of 'Timepass' than 'Technology'. People sing songs in the campus, class & even loo, there's no sign of professors, also teacher in mid of the exam goes out to talk on his phone with another lady teacher. Amidst all this Vasu manages to get into India's top most intelligence agency RAW even before he finishes his college.

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By Bollywood Hungama (1/5)

GENIUS is the story of two genius minds. Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma) is an orphan from Mathura. His mind works faster than a computer. He not just knows his Sanskrit shlokas but also his algebra theorems and scientific formulas by heart. He goes to study at IIT Roorkee where he falls for Nandini (Ishita Chauhan). The RAW finds out about Vasudev and his intelligence and invites him to join the wing even before completing his course.

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By Udita Jhunjhunwala (1/5)

Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma) is a topper-type who breezes into IIT where the second ranker, Nandini (Ishita Chauhan), decides to make his life hell. But Vasu is too smart and too in love with her to be outwitted. Does he do smart things to prove his love - not exactly. But suffice to say his sacrifice and stupidity in love is what it takes to win over Nandini.

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The Times Of India
By Ronak Kotecha (2/5)

A young IIT genius lands himself on a mission for the Research and Analysis Wing of India (RAW), but his heart beats as much for his lady love as it does for his nation. He must do what it takes to save both.

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