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Filmistaan (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 6 June 2014 (USA)
In Mumbai, affable Bollywood buff and wanna-be-actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasizes on becoming a heart-throb star. However, at every audition he is summarily thrown ... See full summary »

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In Mumbai, affable Bollywood buff and wanna-be-actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasizes on becoming a heart-throb star. However, at every audition he is summarily thrown out. Undeterred, he goes with an American crew to remote areas in Rajasthan to work on a documentary. One day an Islamic terrorist group kidnaps him for the American crew-member. Sunny finds himself on enemy border amidst guns and pathani-clad guards, who decide to keep him hostage until they locate their original target. The house In which he is confined belongs to a Pakistani, whose trade stems from pirated Hindi films, which he brings back every time he crosses the border. Soon, the two factions realize that they share a human and cultural bond. The film shows how cinema can be the universal panacea for co-existence. Written by UTV Motion Pictures

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The Power Of Cinema. ♦ 70%
9 June 2014 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

No wonder it won so many awards. Because the USP of this film lies in its story, which strives to bring out something excellent out of the age-old conflict between two great nations.

I am spellbound with the performances of the two lead characters, played by Sharib Hashmi & Inaamulhaq. They nicely maneuver the plot which talks about a botched kidnapping of an Indian by foreign terrorists. Apart from entertainment, it provides food for thought: how cinema can bring people together like it does to the lead characters. Filmistaan basically is a comedy-drama but it doesn't limit itself to it; issues like rivalry between the cricket fraternity & its fans is a prime talking factor in the film. How not all people are affected by the beliefs about terrorism is also a point. Then you would ask, does it give a solution for terrorism? No, it doesn't, but at least it tries to bring out a new approach.

Bollywood has been spoken loudly throughout and there is lots of humor surrounding it. We can enjoy the good narration while it makes a point. Music is good, with fine direction & cinematography.

BOTTOM LINE: A pretty watchable flick although you can't complain about the hugely dramatic climax. It is high time that we invest our time & money in such indie films and support them rather go for those absurd cliché-driven potboilers. Recommended!

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES


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