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Via Darjeeling (2008)

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A couple on their honeymoon is about to return to the city. On the last day, one of them disappears. The mystery returns to Calcutta one night...via Darjeeling. Faces are unmasked. New discoveries made.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Kay Menon ...
Ankur Sharma
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Rimli I. Gupta / Rimla A. Sharma / Sangeeta
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Bonny / Rahul
Vinay Pathak ...
Inspector Robin Dutt
Rajat Kapoor ...
Ronodeep 'Rono' Sen
Sandhya Mridul ...
Mallika Tiwari
Simone Singh ...
Preeti R. Sen
Prashant Narayanan ...
Kaushik Chatterjee
Arindam Sil ...
Pratap
Prabuddha Banerjee ...
Guitarist
Rupam Islam ...
Singer at the pub
Varsha Krishnani ...
Singer at the pub
Rahul Mishra ...
Mahinder Rai - the driver
Sweety Singh ...
Flute player
Rupali Kundu ...
Maid servant
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Ankur and Rimli, a couple honeymooning in Kalimpong are about to return to Calcutta. The day they are to take the train back, the husband goes missing from the hotel room. The Police inspector comes to investigate and discovers that Rimli complains of a mysterious man stalking her for some time. Rimli saw this man many times during their stay but her husband could never see him. The case is closed after some time and the Police inspector is transferred to Calcutta. After some years, in a rainy night in the city, friends sit together in a journalist's apartment. The Police inspector tells them the strange case of the missing husband and characters, personalities, motifs and professions change with perspectives. The past and the future come rushing back. The characters in the room blend in to the 'story'... Written by Arindam Nandy

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Lyrics by Gautam Nag and Arindam Nandy
Music by Prabuddha Banerjee
Performed by Karthik Das Baul
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Wrong Proof Of The Film-making Theorem. ♦ 54%
19 October 2013 | by (Economic Capital Of India) – See all my reviews

Via Darjeeling is an immensely confusing movie since the beginning, thank God for the performers & the characters they play. And let us not thank the makers yet. The film can be best reviewed by dividing into 2 parts:

THE GOOD: So, starting off with the chemistry between a newly married couple, the plot introduces suspense, mildly jumping into another setup. Vinay Phatak shares the story of this couple to his friends and as time runs, each of his friends start making up stories to what might have happened. The base is - one of the couple goes missing and Vinay, a policeman, hasn't been able to track that person down. As Rajat Kapoor, Sandhya Mridul, Simone Singh & Prroshant Narayanan tell the stories, the viewers are kept awestruck. The dialogs are beautiful & witty. Performance is great. Music is fine. Cinematography is good. Kay Kay Menon & Sonali Kulkarni are both apt as the couple.

THE BAD: All seems good until the made-up stories start inducing confusion. It sure does reference Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON, but the level of implication is astronomical. Towards the end, the suspense level is at its peak. Just then, the writers/director spoil the broth by disbanding. The climax clicks off without even saying anything. This converts the whole 100 minutes of potential cinema into a horseplay.

So, with one of the most destructive climax ever (which may be to give the film an off-beat essence), Via Darjeeling has great strength, only its execution is lousy, shabby & disastrously experimental.

BOTTOM LINE: Recommended for people who want to be taken for a ride by writers who pretend to be what they aren't. 5.4 out of 10 for the débutante director. His efforts are respected.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Alcohol/Smoking: Strong | Violence: Mild | Vulgarity/Nudity:very Mild


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