Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Road, Movie: This trip is boring
A road trip epitomises my idea of a good time and so does watching a great film. A combination of the two on celluloid is an exciting proposition.
An hour-and-a-half later, I walked out of the theatre disappointed with the film. A lot of people would call “Road, Movie” a “festival film” but I dispute that point because I have seen a lot of good films at festivals.
This one was shot beautifully and had some good dialogues, but on the whole I was bored out of my mind.
Abhay Deol plays Vishnu, a small town boy who longs for a better life. To escape his father’s hair oil business, he takes up the job of talking an ancient truck (that doubles up as a travelling cinema) to a far-off town.
On his journey there, he meets a motley group of characters, including a smart talking urchin, an old truck mechanic (Satish Kaushik) and a gypsy (Tannishtha Chatterjee).
The trio have to face not only the difficulties of negotiating the arid landscape of Rajasthan, with no roads and a scarcity of water, but also each other’s egos and characteristics before they reach their destinations.
But besides the brilliant cinematography, don’t expect much else. The premise of the film and its execution are pretentious to the core. You don’t feel any sympathy for any of the characters, except perhaps Kaushik’s. The pace is slow and the characters’ actions don’t seem logical.
In spite of its comparatively short running time, “Road, Movie” leaves you feeling you have just been on a never-ending road trip that has tired you out.