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Road, Movie -- Vishnu, a young man driven by wanderlust, escapes 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 garrulous 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 especially for Vishnu who 
discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.
Road, Movie -- Vishnu, a young man driven by wanderlust, escapes 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 garrulous 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 especially for Vishnu who 
discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.

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Release Date:
5 May 2010 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Abhay Deol ... Vishnu

Satish Kaushik ... Om

Tannishtha Chatterjee ... The Woman
Mohammed Faisal ... The Boy (as Mohammed Faisal)
Amitabh Srivastava ... Aatma - Father
Suhita Thatte ... Mother
Hardik Mehta ... Masseur
Roshan Taneja ... OPJ - Truck Owner
Shradha Shrivastav ... Sister (as Shraddha Shrivastava)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rajinder Grover
Niraj Kothari ... Developer
Veerendra Saxena ... Police Chief
Yashpal Sharma
Bharat Vaibhav ... Head Constable
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Directed by
Dev Benegal 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dev Benegal  written by

Produced by
Dev Benegal .... producer
Fred Berger .... co-producer
Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri .... executive producer
Ross Katz .... producer
Susan B. Landau .... producer (as Susan Landau)
Vandana Malik .... executive producer
Maulik C. Mehta .... associate producer
Sopan Muller .... co-producer
Anup Poddar .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Brook (music)
 
Cinematography by
Michel Amathieu 
 
Film Editing by
Yaniv Dabach 
 
Casting by
Sopan Muller 
 
Production Design by
Anne Seibel 
 
Art Direction by
Aman Mohan Vidhate 
 
Costume Design by
Amba Sanyal 
 
Makeup Department
Shabana Latif .... key hair stylist
Shabana Latif .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Vishal Agarwal .... unit production manager
Manav Bajaj .... unit production manager
Fred Berger .... post-production supervisor
Kamlesh Kushwaha .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yazad Anklesaria .... second second assistant director
Paran Bawa .... first assistant director
Neha Belvalkar .... second second assistant director
Debjita Dhar .... trainee assistant director
Niraj Kothari .... third assistant director
Manish Shahi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Srinivas Konda .... stand-by props
Dhanya Pilo .... assistant production designer
Shiuli Thukral .... set dresser (as Thukral Shiuli)
 
Sound Department
Abhishek S. Bhattathiri .... sound editor
Manoj M. Goswami .... sound editor
Vikram Joglekar .... sound
Shajith Koyeri .... sound designer
Anil Radhakrishnan .... chief assistant recordist
P.M. Satheesh .... sound designer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Luc Thomas .... foley recordist
Roland Vajs .... sound designer
Roland Vajs .... sound editor
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colourist
 
Stunts
Parvez Shaikh .... stunt coordinator
Feroz Sheikh .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maqsood Ali .... gaffer
Hetal Dedhia .... gaffer
Sumit Ghosh .... key grip
Joginder Panda .... additional cinematographer
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Downer .... digital intermediate editor
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Antara Lahiri .... assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Craig McKay .... consulting editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Trevor Pickard .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
P.M. Satheesh .... sound design
 
Music Department
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Sharon Smith .... music editor
 
Other crew
Ashwini Malik .... dialogue writer
Hardik Mehta .... script supervisor and continuity
Michael Riley .... title designer
 

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Runtime:
USA:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 (self applied)

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Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title.See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The journey of life, the magic of cinema!, 26 June 2010
Author: Peter Young from Earth

'Road, Movie' is an extraordinary movie and one of the most beautiful films I've seen in recent years. This is the story of Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a young apathetic and carefree guy who hits the road in his old neighbour's very antique kind of a truck, a 1942 Chevy with a traveling cinema in its back carrying Victoria film projectors. For him, this truck is in a sense a way to escape his family's burden - selling Atma hair oil for his dad — and take a week of freedom while driving from Rajasthan to the sea. On his way, Vishnu picks up several passengers who go on this journey with him: a smart orphaned boy, an old wise mechanic, and a beautiful widowed gypsy. Even this barren place has its rulers, however, and they appear in the form of a sadistic policeman and cruel, water-hoarding gangsters.

This movie is visually stunning, poetic, artistic and completely real. Dev Benegal's direction is fantastic. In order to understand the true meaning of this symbolic piece, one would have to figure out what every object in the movie signifies - the oil, the water, the well, the people he meets and goes on this journey with, the group of water searching women he always encounters on his way. This is the journey of life, and everyone is free to interpret it the way they want. But it does not really matter if you just want to enjoy the film. The movie is just engaging, mysterious and interesting without forcing you to find a hidden significance in the story. The situations, the dialogue, the characters, the locations are so authentic and fascinating that the movie flows extremely well. I was captivated not only because it is visually stunning; it is also perfectly paced and has an inexplicably understated sense of life.

Road, Movie captures the serene and peaceful beauty of the broad and desolate desert landscapes. It is done is a way that is so precise that there seems to be no way possible to take your eyes off the screen. This is aided by two aspects which are of the strongest in the film: the exquisite cinematography and the superb background score. These two aspects, done with sheer excellence by Michel Amathieu and Michael Brook, respectively, are perfectly brought together on-screen to create a breathtakingly mesmerising visual treat. The music complements the images and vice versa. I loved the sequences in which the group started screening different classic films, used to relax the villains. From Deewaar (1975) to Jaal (1986) to Andaz (1971). And ironically, Vishnu's father's damned hair oil somehow always comes to his rescue.

As already mentioned, the film is extremely realistic, and the acting is roundly natural. All characters no matter how lengthy or brief they are look totally genuine. Abhay Deol leads this film, and this brilliant actor yet again proves why he is possibly the finest actor of his age bracket. He is a brave actor as he is not afraid to be unlikable or look selfish and he does it exceedingly well. Mohammed Faisal plays the nameless boy who is in search of a better life with ease and conviction. Tannishtha Chatterjee is mind-blowing as the mysterious and widowed gypsy woman. The scene in which she starts singing a beautiful folklore song is wonderful. However, the one who steals the show is undoubtedly Satish Kaushik - he is simply outstanding from start to end. He makes his character so authentic, likable and memorable. This is one of his finest performances and according to me the finest in the movie.

In one of the film's most wonderful dialogues, Satish Kaushik's character says something that really epitomises the power of this picture: "Ah, the magic of cinema - lets you forget life, pain, worry... Takes you far away into a world of dreams." 'Road, Movie' really is a lyrical tribute to the magic of movies - a breathtaking, beautiful and fascinating gem. This is a spectacular picture.

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