Island City (2015 film)

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Island City
Island City (2015 film).jpg
Directed byRuchika Oberoi
Produced byNFDC
Written byRuchika Oberoi
StarringVinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amruta Subhash, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Uttara Baokar, Ashwin Mushran, Daisy khatri
Music bySagar Desai
CinematographySylvester Fonseca
Edited byHemanti Sarkar
Distributed byDrishyam Films
Release date
  • 2 September 2015 (2015-09-02) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 2 September 2016 (2016-09-02)
Running time
111 minutes

Island City is a 2015 Indian drama film written and directed by Ruchika Oberoi.[1] It was screened in the Venice Days section at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, where Oberoi won the FEDORA prize for the Best Young Director.[2] It was released in India on 2 September 2016.



Critical reception[edit]

Devarsi Ghosh of India Today called it "a very well-made, confident film that fearlessly eschews Bollywoodisms and just exists in its distinctive rhythm; never for a second, feeling the need to shock and impress the audience".[3] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5, calling it "absolutely unmissable", also adding "laced with sly wit and captivating storytelling feints, Island City touches heights that Hindi films do only once in a blue moon".[4]

Calling it a "stellar debut film", Sarit Ray of Hindustan Times gave it four stars.[5] Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror rated it 3.5 stars, adding "Island City is a compelling watch".[6]

Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India declared "... this one deserves to be watched for its riveting take on love, longing and loneliness" while rating it 3.5 stars.[7]


  1. ^ Suanshu Khurana (16 September 2015). "Ruchika Oberoi's 'Island City' is about Mumbai of emptiness and alienation". The Indian Express. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ Gautaman Bhaskaran (13 September 2015). "Ruchika Oberoi's Island City wins prize at Venice". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Island City movie review: An uncompromising, darkly comic film". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Island City Movie Review - NDTV Movies". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Island city review by Sarit Ray: Step inside the Matrix". 2 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Movie Review: Island City - Mumbai Mirror -". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Island City Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2016.

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