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Mantra (2016 film)

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Directed byNicholas Kharkongor
StarringRajat Kapoor
Lushin Dubey
Kalki Koechlin
Shiv Pandit
Adil Hussain
CinematographyHarmeet Basur
Distributed byV One Entertainment
Release date
  • 6 December 2016 (2016-12-06) (SAIFF)
  • 17 March 2017 (2017-03-17) (India)
Running time
90 minutes[1]

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Mantra is a 2016 Indian drama film directed Nicholas Kharkongor. The film stars Rajat Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Pandit, and Lushin Dubey in pivotal roles. The film was jointly produced by Filmart Productions, North East Filmsn Shri Production, Zenyth Media House.


Mantra tells the story of a businessman Kapil Kapoor and his family in the backdrop of changing India in the first decade of the new millennium.[2]


The cast of the film is as follows:[3]

  • Rajat Kapoor as Kapil Kapoor
  • Lushin Dubey as Meenakshi Kapoor
  • Kalki Koechlin as Piya Kapoor
  • Shiv Pandit as Viraj Kapoor
  • Adil Hussain Man from Jharkhand
  • Rohan Joshi as Vir Kapoor
  • Yuri Suri as Mohan Kaul
  • Maya Krishna Rao as Shazia Siddiqui


Mantra was written and directed by Nicholas Kharkongor. The film was jointly produced by Filmart Productions, North East Films, Shri Production, and Zenyth Media House.[3]


Mantra had it's world premiere at the 2016 South Asian International Film Festival.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release in India, the film received mixed response.[4][5][6][7][8] Ranjibdar in his review of the film wrote, "Rajat Kapoor shows he has the able shoulders to carry us through the autumn of the patriarch, but Kharkongor’s script fails him, refusing to go into the labyrinth of inner turmoil, and trying awakening." He also wrote that the film resembles Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do. [9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mantra". SAIFF. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. "Mantra Movie".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Mantra Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. Vetticad, Anna (17 March 2017). "Mantra movie review: Adil Hussain and encounters with strangers stand out in an uneven film". Firstpost. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. Ramnath, Nandini (17 March 2017). "'Mantra' film review: The chips are down. So is everything else". Scroll.in. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. Gupta, Shubhra (17 March 2017). "Mantra movie review: Rajat Kapoor struggles to keep it together, so does the film". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. Ray, Sarit (6 April 2017). "A flawed nostalgia: Mantra review by Sarit Ray". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  8. Reza, Noorani (17 March 2017). "Mantra Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  9. Mazumdar, Ranjib. "'Mantra' Review: Except Rajat Kapoor, Everything Feels Counterfeit". The Quint. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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