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Barah Aana (2009)

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

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Kedar Shukla
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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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Huge Potential Cinema... Half Utilized. ♦ 67%
28 August 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

The plot is very binding, telling the story about three middle-class men trying hard to meet ends. It showcases the plight in a very sharp manner, but on the other hand gets monotony while doing so.

The first 30 minutes fails to keep its viewers hooked, as it shows the prologue & introduces the character. Running for less than 100 minutes, it finds grip just before the intermission as is when the plot gets interesting. The climax is although implied, very good and the sole reason why I give it 6.7 out of 10.

Naseeruddin Shah, I won't say was wasted, but was not utilized much. Vijay Raaz steals the limelight with Arjun Mathur. Supporting cast is supportive. Music is fine, so is the cinematography & setup. Direction is average. Narration is fine, but the whole experience could have been more intense, had the makers polished it. Average comedy-drama.

BOTTOM LINE: Recommended, but nothing out-of-th-box here as we expect from independent movies.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Profanity: Mild; Beeped out | Nudity/Sex/Foreplay: No | Vulgarity: Mild | Violence: Strong | Gore: Mild | Alcohol/Smoking: Strong | Drugs: No


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