Borders on pretentious, but its actually not... just plain mid-directed!
Maybe there was a lot in Dev Benegal's head - u know textbook stuff, like 'always have a journey in the story'... or 'sparse dialogues, good compositions and that great cinematic pause'... but eventually, if a film has no story (even if the story is just a collection of moments), no amount of film theory can help it! It translates to nothing!
Characters are weak (tho, the kid was interesting and had potential), their lines are weaker, motives are the weakest, the magic surrealism is too fake & forced... inter-cutting with random montages of old hindi films seems irrelevant and dopey...
What did i like - I'm thinking....hard :) hmmm... the cinematography was quite nice, made the film watchable. I also thought the little boy's character started with so much promise... starbucks and all... and then I'm not sure what happened!
At the end of it, as a viewer u ask the question every film maker dreads - 'so what'! I agree with Pritam -
"road (less traveled), movie (less watched)"...
really expected much better stuff from the man who made English august, and Abhay Deol.