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Good Night Good Morning: Talk isn’t cheap

January 20, 2012

It’s not easy to sustain interest in a film that is about two people talking on the phone all night long. The characters have to be interesting enough, the dialogue has to sparkle and the length has to be just right.

In “Good Night, Good Morning”, director Sudhish Kamath manages to tick off most boxes, producing a film that will mostly keep you engaged and entertained, thanks to the two leads and some fresh writing.

Seema Rahmani and Manu Narayan play two lonely souls who meet each other at a bar in New York on New Year’s Eve. She goes back to her hotel room and he’s driving back with his friends when, on a whim, he calls her room. They get talking and the conversation doesn’t stop.

There isn’t a story beyond that except that the two talk about everything from movies, men and life, and in the process exorcise a lot of demons in their life. Both leads, Rahmani and Narayan, are very very good in their roles and if you didn’t know you were watching this movie in the theatre, you’d almost be forgiven for thinking you were looking in on two people talking.

On the other hand, Kamath does lose hold over the latter part of the film, when the conversation meanders and gets too heavy all of a sudden. The black-and-white look of the film also adds to the casual feel of the film.

This isn’t your everyday film — it doesn’t have a story or a villain or any tangible plot line — but if you want to try something different from the regular fare, I suggest you try this one.

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