Road, movie is about Vishnu (Abhay Deol) who doesn't want to join his father's business, and takes the road with a truck which shows movies. Road, Movie is a journey of self discovery for Vishnu.
This journey has different meanings for different people. While Vishnu thinks, he is simply going on an assignment to deliver a truck to a distant town. His father wants him to sell their family product, Atma hair oil, on the way. The boy, who gets on to the truck to run away from his life as a waiter in the stall where he stops for tea and look for a better future. The mechanic (Satish Kaushik) who gets on the truck in lieu of a journey to the mela (fair, where you can get all good things including food and water) and probably looking at some entertainment. The gypsy girl who join at the end just wants to forget reality and escape to a different world.
The movie is also about battle for survival in a very difficult terrain, where water is a scarce and premium resource. Under such difficult conditions, only way you can survive is by thinking for one another and cooperation, protecting and wisely using, whats important.
On the way, they meet the police, who want them to have a movie screening for the people. In one of the funny moments of the movie, when the frustrated police chief gets drunk, and sees Rekha on the big screen and tries to look for some "aurat" in the crowd, all the womenfolk run away. There are some captivating situations when the water mafia catches them for tampering with a locked well and how they manage to get away.
There are some funny moments, especially with Vishnu and the boy who gives him tongue in cheek responses. Also, when the gypsy woman joins the group on the truck, the equation changes and there is a strong attraction and undercurrents between Vishnu and her.
The views of the wide expanse of the desert are captivating and the faces of the people who live in this harsh environment are riveting. Performance wise, everyone delivers in the movie, but somehow, the movie fails to connect and build emotional bond with the characters. Abhay has chosen his roles well in his short career span. May be the movie will win some awards and get critical acclaim for him. Satish Kaushik and Tanishtha Chatterjee deliver great performances as expected. Mohamed Faisal, the kid is a great find. All the supporting cast includng Virendra Saxena as the police, Yashpal Sharma as the water dacoit are perfect for their roles.
But, it's a movie, which is low on entertainment and sometimes, your mind gets lost in the desert visages and the message that the film is trying to convey. Now, whether you want to hitch a ride on the truck with Vishnu which takes the road less traveled is completely your choice, but make sure you have your reasons right.