Life in a Metro (2007)

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Six different stories, about nine people, each with different issues and problems, all occurring within one place: the METRO.



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Credited cast:
Shruti Ghosh
Ranjeet Kapoor
Shikha R. Kapoor
Shiney Ahuja ...
Akash Sharma
Nafisa Ali ...
Vicky Ahuja ...
Gupta, Rahul's boss
Gautam Kapoor ...
Vishy K.
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayaan Khan ...
Irrfan' son
Rinku Patel ...
Rucha R. Kapoor (as Rinku)


The lives of a group of people, who live in Mumbai are told in this tale, which revolves around Rahul - who occupies an apartment owned by his uncle, and lets rich and influential people use it for their personal sexual past-times. An ignored and angry young wife, Shikha falls into the arms of a young man named Akash, who wants to be an actor for Indian movies; then there is Shikha's sister, Shruti, who is having an affair with a man named Monty; and finally there is Shikha's teacher, Shivani, who is romancing Amol. Things get complicated when Rahul finds out that Neha, who is his girlfriend, is using this very apartment to meet with Ranjeet, who is Shikha's husband. Written by Sumitra (corrected by Calista)

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One city. Countless emotions.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 May 2007 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Metro  »

Box Office

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$62,477 (USA) (11 May 2007)


$150,212 (USA) (1 June 2007)

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Out of 4 short stories, the story of involving Sharman Joshi, Kangana Ranaut and Kay Kay Menon is inspired by the Billy Wilder's movie The Apartment (1960). Kay Kay Menon plays the boss who utilizes Sharman Joshi's apartment to spend time with Kangana Ranaut. Sharman Joshi plays the same role as Jack Lemmon, while Kay Kay Menon plays a similar role as Fred MacMurray and Kangana Ranaut plays Shirley Maclaine. See more »


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Life in Any City...
31 May 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

They say all's well that ends well. And what if it starts well, runs well and ultimately ends well. Then it's something really good. That's the case with Anurag Basu's Life in a Metro.

The film has promising start, with 7-8 different characters being introduced, with Mumbai rains in backdrop. Then a rock band, as drenched as the city, appears from nowhere to churn out a fabulous opening song. You prepare yourself for a good cinematic experience during the song itself. And the best part is the promise is not broken till the end.

It's a story of different characters, interwoven together with some link. The narrative is tight and gripping. And that rock band keeps appearing in between, giving soul to the narration. Pritam has done a good job in music department. The film depicts how lives have become in today's fast living cities. People are always in top gear. Chase, rivalry, competition, dreams, compromises, sexual frustrations, exploitation, opportunism, disappointment, love, ecstasy… you'll find all emotions in the movie. The film tells the story of people who in search of destination forgot to enjoy the journey, who listen their minds over their hearts. The story is very believable, very true to life. Don't be surprised if you find yourself in one of the characters.

Anurag Basu has assembled a line of best performing actors. Kay Kay is impeccable as ever. Shilpa Shetty looks as good as she acts; she's finally getting roles to show her acting prowess and not only those never ending legs. Irfan and Konkana are at equal élan with comedy as they are with intense roles. Sharman Joshi is one actor who seems to fit any bill. Kangna is improving, both her looks and dialog delivery. But best performer remains Anurag Basu. He has handled the script and actors wonderfully to give a very good cinema. A very good effort by the whole team.

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