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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Twelve Annas  »

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Agony of Urban Poor.....
7 September 2015 | by (Nepal) – See all my reviews

"Barah Aana" revolves around few characters residing in the slums of India and pictures the poverty line below which people are delving in the urban areas of the country. The film features three main characters, who have migrated from the villages to support their families. One of them work as a watchman, and the rest of two are a driver and a waiter. The film delves into their hardship to meet the ends and their descend to kidnapping to fulfill their needs.

Well, few films have dared to expose the ugly side of the urban life where characters cross their line against their honor just to meet the basic needs of life and go for theft, prostitution, and defrauding. Few such films I've seen include "Pet Pyar Aur Paap" from 80s and "Traffic Signal" from recent days. Just like those films, "Barah Aana" also portrays the reality of urban poverty and the anguishes and crimes the people living in slums go through. The specialty of the film is its story which unfolds interestingly and at times is hilarious and ends in a meddling end. Well, the film might not be of interest of everyone but it sure will remain in your mind for few days and leave you with a bitter sweet memories of people compelled to live under poverty and commit all sort of crimes just to meet their basic needs.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4

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