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Road, Movie (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 5 May 2010 (USA)
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A young man's journey across the mythic Indian landscape becomes a life changing odyssey.

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Dev Benegal

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Dev Benegal
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Cast

Credited cast:
Abhay Deol ... Vishnu
Satish Kaushik ... Om
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... The Woman
Mohammed Faizal Mohammed Faizal ... The Boy (as Mohammed Faizal)
Yashpal Sharma ... Waterlord
Virendra Saxena ... Police Chief (as Veerendra Saxena)
Amitabh Srivastava Amitabh Srivastava ... Aatma - Father
Suhita Thatte Suhita Thatte ... Mother
Roshan Taneja Roshan Taneja ... OPJ - Truck Owner
Shradha Shrivastav Shradha Shrivastav ... Sister (as Shraddha Shrivastava)
Hardik Mehta Hardik Mehta ... Masseur
Shabbir Hussain Shabbir Hussain ... Hair Oil Convention President
Bharat Vaibhav Bharat Vaibhav ... Head Constable
Rajinder Grover Rajinder Grover ... Waterlord's Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niraj Kothari Niraj Kothari ... Developer
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Storyline

VISHNU, a restless young man, itches to escape his father's faltering hair oil business. An old truck beckons, which Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the antique Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain, he discovers he's not merely transporting a battered vehicle, but an old touring cinema. Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway, a wandering old entertainer and a striking gypsy woman. Together they roam the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious waterlord. The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year-old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in 1001 Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback. The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but ... Written by AE

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5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Trivia

Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title. See more »

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When showing the arrival of performers for the fair, the setting sun is first shown about to disappear behind the horizon and a few scenes later it is higher above the horizon. See more »

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Before the end credits, the film acknowledges to have ended by a slide-show of the words "The End" in different fonts, types, colors & even languages. See more »

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Colourful, contemporary Indian road movie...
14 May 2012 | by Tim KidnerSee all my reviews

Dev Benegal's 2009 film was premiered on Channel 4, where I saw it. Radio Times, in their lazy and scant review, described it as 'plays out like an Indian Cinema Paradiso set in the deserts of Rajasthan', which is only partly true.

Almost nothing can stand up to Cinema Paradiso, that being in my top 5 films of all time, but Road, Movie certainly has its charms. The centrepiece is a colourful, ageing truck that is also a mobile cinema. This van is the ticket to freedom for Vishnu, a restless young man, who wishing to escape being sucked into his father's hair oil business (yes, this is a gentle comedy) and he has a buyer for it; a museum in a town by the sea.

To get there, he treks across the desert (gravelly, but still tough) and his journey and the characters he meets, including the mechanic called upon very early (it HAD to be a temperamental van!) who becomes the projectionist and general fixer-up of everything. There's also a young lad, a runaway urchin. These two could be seen as the Philip Noiret character and the boy in Cinema Paradiso. Then a visually striking gypsy woman, who becomes a romantic distraction for Vishnu, is picked up when they run out of water and she has some.

Bollywood films are the most watched in the world, apparently and so obviously various flicks are shown in sprawling communities, projected onto the walls of dwellings and such.

Shot in deeply saturated colour and looking very attractive, it's not a deep, meaningful film but a nicely distracting, accessible one, nostalgic about long strips of celluloid and the joy that they can bring - and one that western audiences can easily appreciate and enjoy.

It looks like it's generally unavailable in the U.K, at least as a region 2 DVD. I only found this region 1 on Amazon by typing in the director's name and not the film's title - as that brought up hundreds of connotations, but not the right one.

Hopefully now, Channel 4's airing will have it released properly. It certainly deserves to be.


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