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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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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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More like an American indie road trip movie, then anything out of Bollywood. See more (23 total) »

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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Color:
Color (Technicolor) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 (self applied)

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Trivia:
Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title.See more »
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More like an American indie road trip movie, then anything out of Bollywood., 18 July 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

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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