X: Past is Present (2015)

English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil 2 hrs 30 mins Drama
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Total Reviews: 23
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Review Summary: X: Past is Present is experimental, but definitely messy. Too many cooks (directors) makes the film hard to digest.

Average Critic Rating: (2.22)
Cast: Rajat Kapoor , Anshuman Jha , Aditi ChengappaBidita Bag , Gabriella Schmidt , Huma Qureshi , Neha Mahajan , Parno Mittra , Piaa Bajpai , Pooja Ruparel , Radhika Apte , Richa Shukla , Rii Sen , Swara Bhaskar , Usha Uthup
Director: Sudhish Kamath
Release Date: 20 Nov 2015
Est. Budget: 3.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 1.0 CR

Plot: X - Past is Present is a 2015 Indian anthology film directed by a team of eleven filmmakers including Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. Read more

X: Past is Present - Top Reviews

X Past Is Present is an audacious experimental film that left me craving for more. And I am not too sure if I mean that in a good way.
It’s often said that too many cooks spoil the broth and one can see that happening in case of ‘X: Past is Present’.
Divya Solgama, Divya Solgama
High concept, low returns
Baradwaj Rangan, Baradwaj Rangan
Except for one segment, right at the end, which has Swara Bhaskar and the young Jha, and a sense of time and place, the rest have practically no weight, nor heft.
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Avoid, X : Past is Present. It will fail to suit your filmi palettes and make you stay away from biryani for life with a very grotesque reference. You can do without such negativity.
Mohar Basu, Times of India
Watch X: Past Is Present for its delightful cheekiness.

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X: Past is Present - All Reviews

Critically the film can be called as good and competitive, yet will fail to attract the audience making it big unlike any star stud film.
Just Bollywood
The best, for each one of the story, is the uncomfortable close-ups of the women - with the camera, and the actors’ emotive faces, you do not really need much of drama to understand them.
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times
Watch it if you are open to a new experience and don’t get morally offended easily
11 filmmakers contributing to a single theme in ‘X Past is Present’ make one big mess
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
Well, the movie is certainly not massy and even for the elite audiences, it is a little tough to digest. One could watch it for it’s experimental nature but beyond that, the warped stories may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Overall, this movie is like a biryani prepared by 11 cooks
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
An intriguing experiment which I would recommend you watch, even if you might not like it as much as I did.
This experimental film puts style over substance and falters
Anna M.M. Vetticad, First Post
X Past is Present is an experiment at best and should be watched as one; if at all!
Shishir Gautam, Nowrunning
A Convoluted Story Spoiled by 11 Directors
R.M. Vijayakar, India West
X Past is Present is an experiment at best and should be watched as one; if at all!
Shishir Gautam, Now Running
Unquestionably Hedonistic!
Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal
Bollywood has seen an array of directors come together to contribute different stories to make a single film and movies like ''Bombay Talkies'', ''Dus Kahaniyaan'', etc. are a few successful examples of the same. However, never have we seen as many as 11 directors and 11 writers come together to make various portions of a single story. ''X: Past Is Present'' is new in that way._x000D_ _x000D_ But, experiments do not necessarily prove to be a success every time. Well, this one certainly did not. Kishen aka K (Rajat Kapoor) is a successful filmmaker, who has had relationships with a number of women in his life and one night he realises how each one of them has helped him to become who he is today. The story is said in a single night, when he’s forced to revisit each of these women through flashbacks. The flashback of each woman is handled by a different director._x000D_ _x000D_ When there are many directors handling a different story, it is fine, but the involvement of so many directors in a single story makes it jerky and baffling. All the 11 directors; Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma and Raja Sen, try their best to deliver a movie that is an intriguing enigma, however due to the difference in their style of helming and scripting too, it becomes a confusing affair with no such connectivity._x000D_ _x000D_ Out of all the 10 stories, it is only the ones featuring Parno Mitra, Swara Bhaskar & Gabriella Schmid that succeed in impressing us. The screenplay is nonlinear, while the intangible cinematography works against the film. Editing is pathetic. Speaking of performances, Rajat Kapoor is not at his usual best. However, he does try hard to save the film. Aditi Chengappa supports Rajat''s character well. Swara Bhaskar and Radika Apte play their parts fine. Huma Qureshi hasn’t been given much screen place to showcase her expertise._x000D_ _x000D_ On a whole, a movie like this sure would have looked good on paper, but its execution just doesn’t work well with the viewers. Too many cooks do spoil the broth, we say.
India Glitz
The last spoken word of X: Past is Present is perhaps the most delicious treat the film has to serve.
Pradeep Menon, First Post
‘X: Past is Present’ - the film belongs to its women
Mistaking carnality for sensuality, X rings as too literal-minded and too talky, with a technique that just about drains any real density or genuine playfulness that may exist beneath all the talk'
Sreehari Nair, REDIFF