5.9/10
313
4 user 24 critic

Prague (2013)

A psychological thriller about an upcoming architect's tryst with the city, a girl he meets there, friends who follow him from India and his past which continuously controls his present and eventually shapes his fate.

Director:

Ashish R. Shukla

Writers:

Rohit Khaitan (conceived by), Akshendra Mishra (additional screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Prague (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Christoffer and Maja's trip to Prague to bring back Chistoffer's deceased father evolves into the story of a break-up. In the wake of the events that follow, secrets gradually emerge which threaten to destroy their marriage.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Borivoj Navrátil
Prague (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Ian Sellar
Stars: Alan Cumming, Sandrine Bonnaire, Bruno Ganz
Candyflip (2017)
Fantasy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Every year, Goa, one of the biggest party and holiday hosts to the world, welcomes infinite number of tourists. Most of them go back once the season gets over. Few choose to stay back, ... See full summary »

Director: Shanawaz Nellikunnil
Stars: Gulshan Devaiah, Kristian Hedegaard-Petersen, Kalki Koechlin
Shorgul (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on the innocent friendship between a Hindu boy Raghu and a Muslim girl which rapidly escalates into a political minefield, causing unrest and chaos in Uttar Pradesh.

Directors: Pranav Singh, Jitendra Tiwari
Stars: Jimmy Sheirgill, Ashutosh Rana, Rahul Chahan
Rukh (2017)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After his father dies in a car accident, a boy rediscovers his lost connections and familial ties, confronting untold secrets and memories on his way.

Director: Atanu Mukherjee
Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Adarsh Gourav
Jal (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jal is the story of young, willful BAKKA who is gifted with a special ability to find water in the desert. With the backdrop of water scarcity, the film tells a complex and intriguing story... See full summary »

Director: Girish Malik
Stars: Purab Kohli, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Kirti Kulhari
Maazii (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tarun and his wife Shrishti are living a happy life with there daughter . One day to save the Honor of a woman Tarun accidentally kills two gangsters. After this his black past unfolds and ... See full summary »

Director: Jaideep Chopra
Stars: Sumit Nijhawan, Mona Wasu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Mantostaan (2017)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A DARK SATIRE ON INDIA PAKISTAN PARTITION IN 1947

Directors: Rahat Kazmi, Bhanu Pratap Singh
Stars: Sonal Sehgal, Shoib Shah, Aaditya Pratap Singh
Zubaan (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young boy wants to become a big shot but after seeing the bad things involved he instead chooses to pursue his passion that is singing, similar to his father.

Director: Mozez Singh
Stars: Vicky Kaushal, Sarah-Jane Dias, Raaghav Chanana
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A man falls in love with a village belle who is destined for traditional prostitution.

Director: Ashok Nanda
Stars: Deepti Naval, Vijay Raaz, Meghna Naidu
Katiyabaaz (2013)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In a city with 15 hour power cuts, hundreds of people risk their lives to steal electricity. With the first female chief of the electricity company vowing to eliminate all illegal ... See full summary »

Directors: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa
Stars: Ritu Maheshwari, Loha Singh, Irfan Solanki
John Day (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

John Day is a bank manager and lives with his wife Maria Day. The couple has recently lost their only daughter. Maria is always depressed and never opens up with anyone. One day when John ... See full summary »

Director: Ahishor Solomon
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Randeep Hooda, Elena Kazan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Chandan Roy Sanyal ... Chandan
Arfi Lamba ... Arfi
Kumar Mayank ... Gulshan
Sonia Bindra Sonia Bindra ... Subhangi
Elena Kazan Elena Kazan ... Elena
Lucien Zell Lucien Zell
Vaibhav Suman Vaibhav Suman ... Vijay
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbora Jánová ... Amy
Edit

Storyline

A city with a history of heritage, myth and superstition. A passionate architect with hang ups and delusions about love and life. A Czech gypsy girl looking for her identity and love. Add to that a mean friend you cannot get away with and cannot trust. And a left-out leftover of someone who is not really there but does not leave you alone. All of them come together, interfering, manipulating, coaxing and torturing each other as their search for peace, freedom and love continues. A psychologically thrilling ride which takes you to the darkest corners of your mind, the shut-down alleys of your soul and the graveyard of your heart. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

'Men Live in Cities..Cities Live in Men too...' See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

India | Switzerland

Language:

Hindi | English | Czech

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (India) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Protagonist Chandan's real name is also Chandan (Roy Sanyal). See more »

Connections

References Making of Prague (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Chandan gets an offer for a project in Prague. On the surface, he is happy but deep within haunts him a guilt that will have changed him forever.
26 September 2013 | by abhishek-theoutsiderSee all my reviews

I watched Prague at a Critics Preview and was quite pleasantly surprised.

The thriller is a rare genre in Indian cinema, let alone a psychological one. It is a difficult genre to capture in reel and very few attempts have been made in Bollywood. Filmmakers lack imagination. Like everything in a capitalistic setup, movies are judged by how much money they make. Talent, as Irrfan's character puts it in 'The Lunchbox', has no value in the country and the average moviegoer is happy to be distracted every Friday with some 'Masti'. Bollywood is nothing but a microcosm of the Indian democracy.

Prague, therefore, needs to be celebrated. It is a sincere film at many levels and the director must take the kudos for making this film within the humongous constraints he faced being a new comer making a low budget film. Made at a modest budget of about 2 Crores, it attempts to break out of the mold. Written my Sumit Saxena, the co-writer of 'Pyar Ka Punchnama', the story takes you on the guilt trip in the mind of the lead Chandan (played by Chandan Roy Sanyal of 'Kaminey' fame) who fights the demons in his own mind, demons borrowed from the mind of Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov from 'Crime and Punishment' given shape in the form of the characters of Arfi (played by Arfi Lamba) and Gulshan (played by the impressive and cool débutant Mayank Kumar). Throw in a couple of women (Shubhangi played by Sonia Bindra and the gypsy Elena played by Elena Kazan) and the theme involving desire, love and Chandan's irreconcilable feeling of guilt, and the film takes you on a ride that gathers pace and becomes a roller coaster as one goes along. The story is psychologically taut. The movie opens in Mumbai and shifts to Prague where the city's layered deep character merges with that of Chandan's while its superficial nonchalance is echoed on Mayank's character Gulshan. The three main characters around whom the movie revolves are architecture students who would be a psychologist's delight. The reason Prague works is because of its characters, specially Chandan who has acted superbly in the film, his expressions a connoisseurs delight.

Chandan portrays the young lead character with the élan of a veteran and passion that makes you feel with him, each emotion that he portrays. Elena is cute and makes you believe in the honesty of the character she plays. The surprise package is the débutant Mayank Kumar who plays the coolest character of them all with his unkempt, carefree yet sharp good looks and even better lines.

The movie goes back and forth in time to put together the story by way of conversations amongst its characters, the best dialogs delivered between Chandan & Elena and Chandan & Gulshan (Mayank). The highlight of the film is the way Mayank's character Gulshan manipulates Chandan into aspiring to become like him. 'You may or may not get a woman if you Fu** her, but you will definitely get her if you 'Mind-Fu** her', so tells Gulshan to the already disturbed Chandan, a lesson that he does none too well to follow leading to a turbulent romance with Elena and its catastrophic consequence for them. Also interesting are couple of sequences where Gulshan playfully 'Mind-Fu**s' Shubhangi (Sonia Bindra) into falling for him.

The music  and background score by Atif Afzal capture the essence of the movie, the highlight being the romantic Czech number 'Kap-Kap' pictured on Elena. 'Din Kabhi' captures the Rockstaresque character of Gulshan as he pours himself into the song on-screen. The second half of the film rides on the awesome background score to take the viewer into the underbelly of Chandan's mind as it is overwhelmed by the artistic mysticism of Prague. The cinematography is good and the opening scene of the film where Gulshan walks into the sea sets the tone for the film which later captures the delightful artistic mysteries of the city Prague. The way the camera plays with angles to bring about different shades and aspects of the characters and their nuances and also the city are the highlights of the film.

Prague though could have been better. The story a little more taut if it had done justice to the psychological aspects of the thriller, probably with a little more research of the subject. The direction could have been better in the first half which is a tad boring for a psychological thriller even though it rightly goes about setting the tone for the second half. Mayank's character Gulshan deserves more space in the film. He is cool with a carefree attitude bordering on 'I-give-a-Fu**', the f-word repeated one too many times through the movie. Gulshan is the reason around whom the lead's obsessions revolve and the scenes involving Mayank (Gulshan) are the most interesting as you will find out when you watch the film. If Mayank becomes a little more comfortable with the camera and the spotlight on him, we have a star in the making. Considering the film is called 'Prague', more aspects of the city could have been been played with in the story to do justice to the title, or, the film could have been titled differently.

All said and done, Prague is not your masterpiece, it has its flaws, perhaps many, but it is an honest and sincere film that one must watch. The genre does not get its due in India. Paraphrasing Sigmund Freud, whose school of Psychoanalysis the movie borrows richly from, 'We are all mad, the only difference between the truly mad and the normal is that the truly mad are mad all at once while the normal ones are crazy little by little everyday'. Watch Prague to see the madness that inhabits all of us as it takes gigantic proportions on screen and immerses you in its layers.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed