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8/10
Loved itt..
erjakir18 December 2020
Each story spoke in a different pitch and most importantly each story had it's heart at the right place. My fav are The Glitch by Raj n Dk, Vishanu by Avinash Arun And Chand Mubaarak what a beautiful short film by Nitya Mehra she is ambitious since Baar Baar Dekho and this movie was really towards positive vibe and hope for better. Hats off to all the actors, specially Richa Chaddha in Nikhil Advani's the Apartment , loved Gulshan Devaiah's killer expressions...Watch it you may find yourself in it or you'll learn something
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7/10
A so called tribute to lockdown.
MuviFan7318 December 2020
It's collection of five stories revolving around the current lockdown (in India).

My favorites in order. Chand Mubarak > vishaanu > glitch > The Apartment > RAT-A-TAT.

A light encounter which is also praiseworthy. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed.
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10/10
Chand Mubarak was so refreshing!!!
viamob21 December 2020
Shardul bharadwaj. Bhai sahabbbb!!! didn't know your name, waited for all the titles to go through till I got your name. You have acted so controlled so much what was required, I hope to see you lots. Ratnajiii is always amazing. And the story was something we all needed peace.
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9/10
Relatable! Needs a sequel
samarthtake18 December 2020
I could totally relate with the last 3 stories. Seen it happening with my close ones. Phenomenal acting by everyone. Definitely needs a sequel.
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8/10
If you love short stories, you'll like this one
anirbansarkar-aug1219 December 2020
It's a collection of short, unrelated stories, told in the backdrop of Covid pandemic and its effects. The effect is sometimes on relationships, old and new, and sometimes at a socioeconomic point of view, and in others it is just a backdrop.

Opinions may vary, and but as my title suggests, you'll like it if you like short stories, about characters that make you think after the story has ended.
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9/10
Worth Watching
manujnandal18 December 2020
Very well Knitted stories. Only the first out of five stories is beyond imagination and somewhat boring otherwise its a good collection of five different stories based on Lockdown and Covid-19 experiences. I enjoyed it due to its heart touching, simple and realistic type stories.
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9/10
Refreshing and Clean!
adisandy-7940525 December 2020
After a lot of unexpected content on OTT, this is a must watch clean and positive movie on the 2020!
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10/10
Everyone must watch
saurabhvina18 December 2020
I don't say lie to anyone, I personally and my whole family loved it
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9/10
Unpaused(2020)- Review
CouchReview23 December 2020
Unpaused is an anthology film consisting five different segments of different stories. The first one, Glitch, set in the future where the world has transformed owing to Covid-19 and its variations like Covid-22/Covid-30 (referring to the year of the new virus' inception). It tries to imagine what the world could be like if this dreaded virus stays with us for a long time. It primarily focuses on two young adults trying to kindle their relationship in this new AR/VR world. Ahan (Gulshan Devaiah) is paranoid & fearful or hypo (possibly meaning hypochondriac) as people like him are referred to. On the contrary Alizah (Saiyami Kher) is a brave and bold women. Initially puzzled by how they were matched by the dating app dislike each other, but with time a love story follows. Unlike the old times, religion/family/society type of issues are not hindrances that stop the romantic 'happy ending' for the couple, but new type of challenges that ensue with evolution of a technology & Covid driven world. The second segment is The Apartment in which Devika (Richa Chadda), who runs a successful magazine, finds herself being lonely in the current locked down world, and is depressed with issues that have come in her personal life due to her husband Sahil (Sumeet Vyas). Devika ready to give up, is continuously troubled by Chirag (Ishwak Singh) her new neighbour from downstairs, or so she was told. The following segment, Rat-a-tat showcases a grumpy widowed retired singer Archana (Lillete Dubey), who is not liked by many, and Priyanka (Rinku Rajguru) a production assistant struggling in these Covid times. It shows how the two women befriend & help each other out, in an emotional yet entertaining manner. Vishanu, the fourth segment, portrays the hardships & the brutal truths faced by the not so fortunate section of a society in a developing nation like India. Manish (Abhishek Banerjee) a daily worker, with his family is finding it hard to survive with rare work opportunities and no place to live. He finds a short term fix for his sheltering his family, but with meagre savings to live on wishes to return back to his village, but faces the million dollar question as many people did, how? The concluding segment Chand Mubarak follows the story of an old spinster Uma's (Ratna Pathak Shah) unconventional bond with auto rickshaw driver Rafique (Shardul Bharadwaj), after she befriends him on a spontaneous trip to the medical store late one night, in the abnormally quiet streets of Mumbai. The distinctive stories are amazingly well thought of and brilliantly portrayed by the individual directors. What makes it an emotional and heart-warming watch, is the precision with which the brutal and almost accurate realities faced by the people in these hard times. The pace of all stories is excruciatingly slow, which most certainly works in the favour of the film. All actors are casted fittingly and act out their individual parts in an entreating fashion. With very few successful or even very few anthology movies created in India, this is a very bold & unique step, rightly taken by Amazon Prime Video. The movie has a bigger than usual soundtrack, one would expect from a movie consisting five different stories. Songs may not have been need in some of the scenes, where the soundtrack has been fit into. The order of the segments could have been arranged in a better way, seeing as to the first one is set in the future and the ones preceding it are set in the current period. Omission of this segment altogether could also have worked as it felt too distant with the other four stories. In conclusion, even with its idiosyncrasies the movie is a spectacular watch. It is relatable to the totally of the population, as each & everyone went through that torrid period. By the end of the film one feels a sense of pride and gratitude, reminiscing how we all got through that period. It is a must-watch for everyone. Acting- 9 Casting- 9.5 Cinematography- 8.5 Dialogue- 7 Directing- 9 Editing & Effects- 8 Sound & Music- 7.5 Story- 8.5 Storytelling- 10 Rating- 9.5
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8/10
Beautiful stories, Good Performances !!
madhukar3020 December 2020
Unpaused is a wonderful collection of five beautifully crafted short movies that underlines the struggles, confusion, fear, helplessness, anger, loneliness, distress, vulnerability and cowardice that struck our lives once the COVID-19 induced lockdown was announced. the anthology, knitted by a slew of terrific performances, is a pertinent commentary on a pandemic and its depredations.

Cinematography is excellent in all segments, with near perfect production production colouring that is among the best in 2020 Indian cinema. Editing is crisp and neat, making sure none of the five segments drag unnecessarily even one bit. Production design, costumes and makeup were very decent in all segments. Directors Nikkhil Advani, Avinash Arun, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Krishna D.K, Nitya Mehra, Raj Nidimoru have really put in a great effort to ensure good quality returns in their respective segments. Music was subtle and calm throughout the segments depicting the tone of events unfolding within. Acting is generally very good overall, armed with some very good performances by a host of well seasoned actors. With Geetika Vidya Ohlyan performance in Vishaanu segment being the best of the lot.

Overall, Unpaused is important because it serves to chronicle this slice of history, that we all took part into. It helps that it is also an enjoyable, insightful affair where we get a peek into the lives of others, during the pandemic, both rich and poor and see how they conquered their vulnerability. At a run time of 114 for five segments, Unpaused is a breeze that will remind us of our own fear & helplessness during March & April 2020. 7.7 stars out of 10 for the beautiful presentation of heart touching stories.
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10/10
Feel good...
patkardoc22 December 2020
This movie has heart. You will happy after watching this movie.
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10/10
Worth of best stories
azadsumit-2537518 December 2020
They are the real stories behind a real mind and a beautiful way to describe the realistic view.......
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10/10
Thought provoking
vipulkshitija18 December 2020
Excellent showcasing challenges of common man and how people are still out there to extend their gratitude.
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8/10
Simple short stories!! Worth your time..
vishj-0018125 December 2020
Very simple short stories considering COVID as a center point. I liked it because it considers normal peoples life rather than showing flashy extravagance. It feels like we are actually visualizing people from real life.. worth your time.
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10/10
Love those stories
shovondip-5088122 December 2020
The stories of this series is fully real. These stories can connect to our heart. I Recommend all of you watch this series. In pandemic situation it can refresh your mind.....
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7/10
A Wonderful Anthology to watch
tpatoliya19 December 2020
In its five-part anthology, Unposed mixes all the news from lockdown-related topics of isolation, loneliness, resilience, which have made headlines with average results in this terrible virus-ridden year. Each story is complementary to the other, and the way they are laid out is simple.

The film starts at a high point with glitches and ends better with Chand Mubarak. I liked the last two the most.

Coming into Gulshan Devaiah's film is his routine, picks yet another character and plays it so well that we can't even imagine touching anyone else. Ishwaq Singh's performance is a bonus.

Lilette Dubey never manages to spark happiness again with her appearance as a charmer. Full points for Rinku Rajguru to stand out not only among Lillet's aura but also for her tremendous talent. Abhishek Banerjee has always been an underrated gem for me in many films.

Ratna Pathak Shah plays the lone Maya Sarabhai in the film. My greatest path among this talented group of people is to become Shardul Bhardwaj. Acting opposite Ratna Pathak Shah is difficult and hopefully, you will notice. Shardul makes the most of the limited he gets.

Raj and DK take a modern route to tell their version of the story and love a lot about their world. Nikhil Advani is deep and basic to his story.

Tannishtha Chatterjee's Rat-A-Tat is dialogue-heavy, and its writing really helps keep the intrigue alive. Avinash Arun Bong is a small sub-plot from Bong-Jun-Ho's 'Parasite'. Nitya Mehra lets her characters do major lift-ups while keeping everything original. The background score is equally good in every story.

Beautifully lost with unprecedented performance, the anthology deserves more as a whole package.
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7/10
Hope unpaused
admanrege10 January 2021
"sab kuch mumkin hai, agar tujhmein ummeed hai" - this is what the anthology starts with. So these are stories of hope during covid-19 which has been the most hopeless period for everyone the world over.

Here's my view about the films within Unpaused:

1) Glitch - Three names: Raj & Dk (Family Man), SuperGullu (everything he's into), and Saiyami Kher (Choked) made me go through the bakwas that this story is. RajDk make a 'slightly futuristic' film with the future in the film being let's say 2 years away from this year (2021). Supergullu is not so super in his selection of this film, even though he is known to be "moody" in his selection. Saiyami Kher - you can't ignore her coloured eyes; about everything else, ignore. Overall, this film takes COVID-19 out of context and is probably someone's dream/nightmare. Maybe, that's why the use of so much colour. GLITCH: yeah, the one scene with Gulshan D in CU almost shedding a tear is the only moment where there is something of that Gulshan-Devaiah-we-know seen. 2.5 stars.

2)The Apartment - the anthology says: set and filmed in the Covid-19 lockdown. This is the only film that is irrelevant to the above claim. The makers probably wanted to make something during #MeToo, missed it, and then combined that story idea with the SSR matter - what with the dupatta and all, added a few masks, added "zoom" calls, and called it "during covid times". Blah. Acting good. Film bad.

3) Rat-a-tat - Lillete Dubey shines. So does Rinku Rajguru. Lillete as an old Bombay bungalow owner (everyone owes her everything kind), who'd come to Bombay as a newcomer once, who still has an ego larger than her need and Rinku Rajguru as a new newcomer to Mumbai who also has an ego larger than her need. Then, Lillete bakes a cake and tells Rinku: "mere jaisi mat ban jana". Beautiful short story, completely believably relevant during covid times, which makes a statement about the way we all reflected within ourselves during these times. Full marks to Tannishtha Chatterjee. She delivers. And her job must have been made easy with Lillete and Rinku.

4) Vishanu - Chronicling possible actual events, this is the best of the stories in Unpaused. Abhishek Banerjee and Geetika Vidya Ohlyan are marvellous. These were the stories which never made the news, but made the deepest impact on people during these Covid-19 times. And you truly feel the "ummeed" that so many people are alive on in these times of Covid-19. Truly truly wonderful short. The cinematography and direction needs special mention - visual motifs like a twisted empty road, muted dull colours, darkness, closed shutters, cloudy grey skies which open up slightly during "opportune moments", etc indicate that the director gave it a lot of thought. Superbly made.

5) Chand Mubarak - very relevant story during these times, but again an attempt to add "communal harmony". Didn't need it. Shouldn't the filmmaker not add anything that is unnecessary? In fact, without the communal angle, it would have worked better. Shardul Bharadwaj and Ratna Pathak Shah are both amazing as their characters. The last scene is so well done that it feels as if it's really a moment between a Bombay Rickshaw-wala (and not from anywhere else truthfully) and a citizen of Bombay - and that moment is the depiction of the sentiment that people in this world have discovered within themselves during these covid-19 times.

ONLY for the last three stories, this film deserves a 7 Let's ignore the first two stories.
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9/10
Last part "Eid ka chand" is touching
zakirlihmzh9 January 2021
Best is last two part different story but subject is same about how lockdown effect normel life
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9/10
It's beautiful .!!
mgupta-0090221 December 2020
All the stories touch your heart and reminds us of beautiful moments of life.!! Must watch even if it's slow paced

Kudos to the makers..
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9/10
A bouquet of beautiful stories.
davindergrover19 December 2020
It's something we needed. A ray of hope, a warmth in relations. Some better than the other, yet all stories will make you smile, make you think. Do watch.
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2/10
Waste of time.
ibrahim_mayat28 February 2021
Wasted my time, nothing to be existed about it. Amazon signs these Indian creators and they make up any crap.
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8/10
Wonderful
ayushparasar21 January 2021
A beautiful anthology of short stories each set up in the COVID era but based on different people so their's the contrast between their stories and how the pandemic has hit their life and what are their expectations from the future. Each story has an interesting name. The music is also very good! Very much recommended if you're in your home and the pandemic has changed your attitude towards life!
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8/10
Human relationships in the time of corona
ridi-arahan21 January 2021
What worked: The contents are fresh and engaging. The movie gets better with the following stories. I personally think the last three subplots were very beautifully executed. Abhishek, Gulsan, Ratna and Shardul shines in the movie. Some of the stories were heartwarming, emotional and funny, and the other were brutally transparent and hard hitting. What did not work: I personally think the second story with Sumeet and Richa was the weakest both in terms of story and the context considering the theme was corona and human relationships.Gulsan saved the first plot but the execution was weaker considering the great concept. Final verdict: recommended, wait till the last for the best. Gets better with every story
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6/10
Fresh different and enjoyable
cseabhi21 January 2021
Unpaused in an athology of stories in the times of corona and is quite relevant one. All the stories are told in the way you can relate to the story.

Gulshan Devaiah and Saiyami Kher's futuristic story is totally fun and looks real in the times to come. Richa Chadha's story deals with the mental clutter and finding hope and strength. Lillete Dubey and Rinku Rajguru story is fresh and likeable.

Unpaused is a fun ride and likeable to some extent. Not a must see type movie but refreshing one to some extent
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9/10
Nice and refreshing
vikrant-korde19 January 2021
Really nicely put forth the topics and thoughts. I see it a nice and relaxing series after a long time. I will like to see sequel of this series.
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