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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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Satish Kaushik wanders into Toronto with Road
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A lesson in cinematographic excellence, an incomplete movie 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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Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title.See more »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A lesson in cinematographic excellence, an incomplete movie, 9 March 2010
Author: codenamepaulie from India

There are just four characters in the movie. Vishnu, played by Abhay Deol, wants to do more than just waste his time selling herbal oil as his father does before him. So, he volunteers for a friend to deliver across the desert an old truck which is a mobile cinema. The film is then about his journey, the movies that he plays & more importantly, the people that he meets on the way.

We have seen bits of brilliance from Satish Kaushik in the past, from Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro to Calendar in Mr. India, but I think this is the one that he will be most remembered for as an actor. Cast as a veteran mechanic, Kaushik plays a central role in taking the movie in a different direction than the protagonist has planned to. He has been cast very well along with the little boy that Vishnu picks up early in his journey. Both these characters provide for the lighter moments in the film while also inducing some thought provoking dialogue. There is also scope for a female lead. A tribal whose husband was slain over a water dispute some years ago. As she mentions that she too wants to get lost in the magic of cinema, one can't help but wonder if there is a deeper meaning to this sentence. And this deep meaning dialogue is a standard feature of the film.

Wide angle views of the vastness of the desert that lead to nothingness in the desert and a set of women treading along for days in search of water are brilliantly executed. And, other than the road & the movies, they are a common string throughout the film.

The film exists at many levels. At the most superficial level, it appears to be a subtle comedy with situational jokes and a bit of slapstick too. You dig a little, and you find that it is a person's journey to finding himself by having to deal with an old truck, rough, dry weather and some people who have been through their share of pain & suffering and how they still manage to be at peace and look forward to some elusive tranquility.

Dig a little deeper and you find the film is about some inherent social problems that still affect most of rural & tribal India. That something as basic as water can be a reason for murder & arson is hard to imagine but it is brought to us with a lot of sensitivity. How the lead characters almost die of thirst, how they almost get killed for trying to steal water all help appreciate a problem that is alien to most of us.

Dig a bit more and we find that Indian cinema is trying to usher in the seemingly selfish directors who make films from the heart with a message that they want to send across to anyone who tries to understand their cinema. There is no plot in the movie that would build up into something big. For a film like this, there has to be no plot. Very few directors can do it and get away with it. It is a movie that should go down as one that shifted or at least tried to shift the paradigm of Indian cinema.

That said there is much that the director could do better explaining & elaborating a little. Like what is the protagonist actually wanting to do with the truck, how does a particular mela (caravan fair) disappear overnight and mostly, why such a brilliant film seem a bit too long even for its 95 minute run time.

It is most definitely a lesson in cinematographic excellence. One would just hope that it would be a complete movie in itself too.

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