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City Lights (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 30 May 2014 (India)
Deepak Singh is a farmer in Rajasthan. After a tragedy, he migrates to Mumbai with his wife and child to lead a better life. However, upon arriving, he soon discovers the challenges of life in a big city.

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Credited cast:
... Deepak Singh
... Rakhee
... Vishnu (Deepak's workmate)
Khushboo Upadhyay ... Sonali - Bar Dancer
... Sudha (Vishnu's wife)
Pramod Pathak ... Boss Mhatre - Security firm
Vinod Rawat ... Jayesh bhai
Gautam Berde ... Thug Broker
Vaibhavi Upadhyay ... Maahi (Deepak's daughter)
Atul Mongia ... Bonnie
Resh Lamba ... Waqaar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mallhar Goenka ... Sachin
Amarjeet Singh ... Tea Shopkeeper
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Deepak Singh is a farmer in Rajasthan. After a tragedy, he migrates to Mumbai with his wife and child to lead a better life. However, upon arriving, he soon discovers the challenges of life in a big city.

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Both the actors in lead are alumni of FTII, Pune. See more »

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A grim tale on migrant's anguishes...... dark and fearful.....
16 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

"City Lights" depicts the anguishes of the migrants who come to metros like Mumbai to make a living. They become the victims of the cruelty of the city and are forced to do anything for their hunger. The film shows the darker side of the city and takes you to a fearful side of poverty and helplessness. Besides, the film also tries the desperation of a family man and his willingness to fend for his family. However, the latter comes quite weakly in the film. Based on Oscar nominated "Metro Manilla" (haven't watched it yet), the story stands quite true to life. The darkness of the city has been brilliantly portrayed and the acting from the lead stands quite remarkable. A special mention also goes to Manav Kaul's performance. The cast of the film is pretty unknown, but their performances do hold you to the edge of your seats.

The music and photography of the film suits the film. The film falls short on portraying the protagonist's family melodrama. The darkness and the length of the film might keep this film a bit away from the masses. For me, the film was pretty grim due to the backdrop of the story, but I appreciate it for the performances and direction. Perhaps, would be nominated for Best Film Award this year with slime chances to win.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4


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