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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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Hindi | English | Rajasthani

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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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Surreal
2 July 2010 | by pcsarkarSee all my reviews

The movie has got rave reviews and after seeing it on DVD last night, I felt compelled to add my few bits to the mix. No doubt I may have missed the cinematography of the desert landscape on my TV screen. But I would like to comment on the content, not on the visuals.

I feel that the director has tried to give a message to the audience through this production. That one should not take things at face value. In fact I was reminded of Ancken's Seraphim Falls, in which characters appear and sequences occur, which are totally surreal and unreal. But entertaining nonetheless. And a big question mark remains at the end, when the viewer is left wondering as to what the hell happened? For a change, this movie deals with the stark desolation and horrors of Rajasthan, rather than focusing on its forts and princes, with their decadent lifestyles. But there are also many unanswered questions, possibly deliberate. Or possibly just foolish errors. For example, the truck (guzzling petrol, guessing from its model) traverses the huge state, without requiring a single filling of fuel. The protagonist is not well off, but he has no problems with money, according to his declarations. He embarks on a road journey, but does not stock up on food or water, or even a road map; neither he or his family think of this. Was the hero a retard? The truck is his fathers' friend's. So was it gifted, together with its content of film reels and projection equipment? Was it sold off in the end? For running the films, he takes electricity from the police station. But subsequently, he shows films in the middle of the desert. Where did the power supply come from? Was the fair an illusion? If it was, how did the hero earn Rs 45,000 from the poor desert inhabitants?

These and many many other questions make the viewer wait for the end, waiting for some answers. But the film ends with a jerk, and the viewer is left hanging mid-air in this 'arty' movie.


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