Three impoverished room-mates kidnap middle-classed men and demand small ransoms to improve their respective lifestyles.



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Barah Aana is a comedy of real life, set in today's Mumbai. The story revolves around three unlikely friends: a driver (Shukla), a watchman (Yadav), and a waiter (Aman). The driver is an older man, stoic but dependable. The watchman, in his 30s, is a pushover at work but otherwise mischievous. The waiter is a young, swaggering chap, brimming with ambition. Living together, their differing attitudes spark playful banter. At some point, misfortune befalls the watchman and, due to a series of chance events, he stumbles into a crime. Striking upon a seemingly low-risk way to make good money, and discovering a new sense of self-confidence, he tries to entice the others to join him in a series of such crimes. Cat and mouse games ensue between the three as personalities change, but events soon spiral out of control, leading them in a direction none of them had wanted to take... Featuring a talented ensemble cast, Barah Aana is based on an original script. The running time is 97 minutes. Written by Anonymous

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16 October 2009 (USA)  »

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3 September 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Barah Aana' tells the story of there friends (who are strangely three men of different generations) who are working ill-paid jobs that they hate and are desperate for something bigger and better, well, not necessarily better. Raj Kumar Gupta's screenplay does not really offer much. The pacing is decent at the beginning but it really slows down to lethargy. It's only 90 minutes but it felt much longer. Menon's story itself isn't that interesting to grab the viewer's attention and sustain it. The execution is pretty ordinary too but I liked the way the sets were designed. The plus point of 'Barah Aana' are the performances by the three leads: Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Mathur and Vijay Raaz. These three lift the film above mediocrity but otherwise the film itself is very much forgettable.

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