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Road, Movie  (2010 - Hindi)

Road, Movie cumulative rating: 2.35 out of 52.35/5 (60 users)

Road, Movie critics rating: 2.35 out of 5 2.35/5 (9 critics)

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What you crave from a film primarily about local films is a genuine nostalgic fondness for Bollywood as cinema. Merely montages from some popular flicks appear to disappear. References to silent star Harold Lloyd, or Buster Keaton, instead make for natives’ tastes. As the director puts it in an interview, apparently this is how 70 per cent of India still watches films. Hmmm. I am told Robert DeNiro, who’s perhaps never quite been here before, loved this movie. I’m glad.more

When you saunter in for the screening of a movie directed by a celebrated film-maker, a movie which has had a good run at film festivals, a movie which tilts towards art house cinema, it is expected that the critic shower the film with lavish praises and speak of it in glowing terms. If you don't, get ready to be ostracized by pseudos masquerading as messiahs of parallel cinema, get ready to be labelled a nincompoop by netizens, get ready to face the constant bitching and loose talk by the 'Balcony Class' presswalas. Believe me, a few people are in awe of such cinema and feel they need to prove how cerebral they are by praising such films. more

I a white desert somewhere in Rajasthan, the noisy projector at the back of a 1942 truck beams a silent Buster Keaton comedy on a white cloth. The hardened faces of the villagers, lined with creases, glow in the flickering light of the screen. And then the muscles around the lips relent and everyone starts laughing at images created a century ago seven seas away. Oh cinema! My cinema! Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie is a bittersweet — less bitter, more sweetmore

The writing is clever, yet the dialogues frequently disappoint, clearly having been translated literally from smart English lines. Benegal's screenplay ends up, as we said, like Deol: it goes nowhere, driving aimlessly around in circles. And yet there are charming characters, and visuals to remember. It's a casual drive, short enough to not mind, long enough to leave you slightly tired. Sometimes a ride is worth just what you see through the moving window.more

Right from its different title, Road, Movie is an unabashedly independent movie starring the deserved king of indie cinema, Abhay Deol. A beautifully shot, deliberate, lyrical tale, Road, Movie literally mixes the perils of an untravelled road with the magic of cinema, making it the kind of niche movie one loves at film festivals, but hesitates to buy a ticket for. Vishnu (Abhay Deol) is the classic small town boy, trying to break free.more

If Dev Benegal had to fill this space what would he say? Would he say it's the story of the water mafia in rural India or call it a coming of age tale of a man who wants to escape the world where people sell pungent hair oil and crack silly jokes at the dinner table? I doubt Benegal would say any of the above; he would instead go on a tangent about something else. Cause the whole film is one big tangent! Perhaps his joie de vivre comes from being abstract about everythingmore

Is it a roller-coaster road movie? Is it a novel tale about touring cinema? Sadly, despite immense potential, it’s neither of the two. This one is mediocre middle-of-the-road movie. Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie is designed as one of those typical festival films that pretend to be a transformative journey of a character who en route discovers the true meaning of life, love and blah blah blah. more

The two parts of the title, separated by a comma, conjure up two of the most beguiling subjects a film can have. Being on the road, journeying from point A to point B, with or without a destination, can be magical. And there’s nothing more so than the movies. Dev Benegal’s latest, which marries the two, lacks the enchantment this sort of film must necessarily possess to take hold of, and enthrall. Except for a few interesting bits, `Road, Movie’ is a pointless meander. more

Road, Movie is director Dev Benegal's love letter to cinema. It's a whimsical and charming celebration of the movies. Be warned: the film is slow and in parts, clunky and underwritten. But Benegal tells the tale with such tenderness and affection that you are slowly but irrevocably seduced by his vision. Road Movie could have done with some similar sniping and a more fleshed-out narrative. Still, I recommend that you make time for the film. It is a stunningly shot fable that will make you smile.more