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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey.



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Credited cast:
The Woman
Mohammed Faisal ...
The Boy (as Mohammed Faizal)
Police Chief
Amitabh Srivastava ...
Aatma - Father
Suhita Thatte ...
Roshan Taneja ...
OPJ - Truck Owner
Shradha Shrivastav ...
Sister (as Shraddha Shrivastava)
Hardik Mehta ...
Shabbir Hussain ...
Hair Oil Convention President
Bharat Vaibhav ...
Head Constable
Rajinder Grover ...
Waterlord's Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niraj Kothari ...


VISHNU, a restless young man, itches to escape his father's faltering hair oil business. An old truck beckons, which Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the antique Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain, he discovers he's not merely transporting a battered vehicle, but an old touring cinema. Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway, a wandering old entertainer and a striking gypsy woman. Together they roam the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious waterlord. The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year-old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in 1001 Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback. The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but ... Written by AE

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Did You Know?


Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title. See more »


When showing the arrival of performers for the fair, the setting sun is first shown about to disappear behind the horizon and a few scenes later it is higher above the horizon. See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, the film acknowledges to have ended by a slide-show of the words "The End" in different fonts, types, colors & even languages. See more »


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More like an American indie road trip movie, then anything out of Bollywood.
18 July 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A very different Indian film that I'm used to seeing. Small, personal, quirky, funny, and sometimes quite touching, it follows a young man using the excuse of driving his uncle's ancient Chevy truck across the desert as a way to get away from having to continue on with his father's hair oil business.

Of course, along the way, he gathers friends and enemies, and learns a host of lessons about life, love, poverty and what it means to be a man. While it was fun to see this familiar story in such a different cultural context, it is still a familiar story, at times too familiar.

There were also moments where the delicate blend of humor and reality didn't quite work - dangerous situations solved too cutely, complex relationships wrapped up in a few moments, important social issues touched on, but not explored.

Still, this is beautifully photographed, well acted, enjoyable and a very human movie, that also shows the world-wide power of film (on the truck are projectors and old films that serve our hero more than once).

Not quite a great film, but a charming, well made, and heart-felt one that's well-worth catching.

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