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Buddha in a Traffic Jam (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 13 May 2016 (India)
Vikram Pandit (Arunoday Singh) a student of the Indian Institute of Business becomes the blue-eyed boy of Professor Jamshed Batki (Anupam Kher). Under Batki's influence Vikram starts public... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Aanchal Dwivedi Aanchal Dwivedi ... Pooja
Mahie Gill ... Pooja
Pallavi Joshi ... Sheetal
Anupam Kher ... Professor Jamshed Batki
Arunoday Singh ... Vikram Pandit
Gopal K. Singh Gopal K. Singh ... Naxal chief (as Gopal Singh)
Vivek Vaswani


Vikram Pandit (Arunoday Singh) a student of the Indian Institute of Business becomes the blue-eyed boy of Professor Jamshed Batki (Anupam Kher). Under Batki's influence Vikram starts public discoursing and publishing articles under his own name that are authored by Batki himself. The articles, which deal with the plight of the poor in India, are posted on his Blog as well as Facebook. The story mirrors the agony of the deprived in India. The problem is primeval but the remedy must be contemporary. Vikram offers a modern day solution that can bypass all red tape and political hurdles. Promoting and facilitating an idea where trust deficit can be minimized... How a radical business model can effectively replace stagnant policies... How a collective will and might of monetary resources can fast track results. Gradually as under-layers of the story surface and veils are lifted from the faces of people around him, Vikram realizes what he is up against; he must find a way out of the ... Written by Neha Singh (Freshwater PR)

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Crime | Thriller


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Hindi | English

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13 May 2016 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Будда в заторе See more »


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INR 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 20,000,000 (India), 13 May 2016, Limited Release
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The film was delayed for 5 years due to financial problems. See more »


In the last scene with Anupam Kher and Arunoday Singh, Anupam Kher gets a call from his dad and keeps his mobile on the table. But while he is explaining about his objectives, get a call again from his dad but now he takes the mobile from his pocket (this is when he shouts at his dad regarding pension papers) See more »

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A must watch. An excellent portrayal of brutal backstage reality of sacred 'laal salaam' drama.
12 May 2016 | by hemantsdvmSee all my reviews

Anupam Kher acted well. but do not expect 'saransh' performance here in this movie. he is a professor or recruiter(Gabbar kind of). Pallavi Joshi was exceptional. Arunoday Singh puts up a decent performance as a young revolutionary top college kid who steps up against the exploitation of poor innocent tribal people in the name of fight for equality of the same people. The movie shows how people under the mask of Marx-Lenin left ideology and devil of corruption slowly eating our nation. Due to bitter truth shown in the movie none of distributed yet agreed for commercial release of film. Movie has been screened at over 30 film festivals. and has won many of awards. although the movie was removed from the scheduled list at National Film Festival as someone is ensuring that people do not watch it. This will clear up some of 'what who why' in the recent JNU incident. Inspired from Agnihotri's own life, "Buddha In A Traffic Jam", dealing with corruption and Maoism, is set in a business school where a professor and a student, who is set to create a revolution.

Undoubtly a must watch parallel cinema which is rare now a days.

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