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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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Dev Benegal (written by)
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Release Date:
5 May 2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Satish Kaushik wanders into Toronto with Road
 (From Filmicafe. 27 August 2009, 1:21 PM, PDT)

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Metaphors...Awesomely executed!!! 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

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
Mayur Mulam .... assistant art director
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
Mustafa Ajmeri .... production accountant
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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Soundtrack:
Tel MaalishSee more »

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21 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Metaphors...Awesomely executed!!!, 6 March 2010
Author: apoorve-khandelwal from India

The movie is awesome! A very brave attempt by the director!

The worst thing that could happen to a director is getting extremely shallow reviews. And which, unfortunately, happened with Dev Benegal. Although critics/reviewers appreciated the movie,but I believe, almost all of them could not decipher the metaphors, woven to form the story, which actually was the backbone of the discourse.Every character, every event in the story is well crafted. So, in this article, I just plan to throw a few hints on the metaphors used in the movie. For the sake of exhaustiveness of this article, I would like to mention that direction, cinematography etc. etc. are superb.

Superficially it seems that the story shows journey of a young boy, 'Vishnu' (Abhay Deol), from his home town to Samudrabad on road. But actually this was a philosophical portrait of 'The journey of life', and subtle metaphors were used as colors.Every thing is very cleverly shown. 1.Huge stress has been given on 'water'. Does 'water' signify water or something else? 2.What do those weird characters (group of water searching ladies, water lord etc.), portrayed by the director, signify actually? 3.Things, like the character of mechanic who always gives the right suggestion or the strange fair that suddenly appeared out of the blue an vanished in Shoonya, mean something ? Or probably are the side effects of Director's Block . 4.What does the 'Atma (means 'soul' in Hindi) Oil', that magically (and comically) solves every problem, signify? 5.At the very first thought, "Road, Movie", why this name?

.....and the list of all those riddles, which should spontaneously pop up in the mind of keen and intelligent viewer, go on . Solving and linking these riddles brings to you a great philosophical discourse.Special mention: The way in which the magic of the mesmerizing virtual world of film been picturized is simply admirable.

So Please go and watch out this awesome movie with the attention and respect that this movie deserves. (Originally posted at http://skepticeye.wordpress.com )

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