WHY NOT DARJEELING ...
With names like Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and Sonali Kulkarni to its credit, u walk into the cinema hall to watch Via Darjeeling with a lot many expectations. Few of them are fulfilled, while few aren’t. This is indeed experimental cinema which may appeal to a certain section of the audience, while for others it may appear to be confusing and too mind boggling.
Via Darjeeling is the story of a honeymooning couple Ankur (Kay Kay Menon) and Rimli ( Sonali Kulkarni ) who are very much in love with each other. On the day of their departure from Darjeeling, Ankur disappears mysteriously leaving Rimli all alone frantically searching for him. Here enters the cop Robin Dutt ( Vinay Pathak ) who tries to trace Ankur, but in vain. The story then moves onto a group of friends partying and having a good time, where Robin who is one of the guests narrates the story of Ankur and Rimli to his friends. How each one of them make their own interpretations as to what happened to Ankur makes the movie an interesting watch.
The film has the format of one story with multiple versions of it. Its here that you begin to feel that the script could have been more taut as there are a few loose ends in the story. This different concept has been well directed by debutant director Arindam Nandy, who has also contributed in writing the screenplay of the film. The suspense is maintained well and the mystery element is retained throughout the film, till the climax which is quite surprising. Cinematography is strictly Okay and the locales of Darjeeling could have been utilised in a more eye pleasing manner. The music gels with the film and helps in carrying the story forward.
Of the performances, Vinay Pathak and Kaykay do a great job as always.Sonali Kulkarni though hams up at times is brilliant in some places. Parvin Dabas, Simone Singh and Rajat Kapoor do complete justice to whatever screen time has been offered to them. Sandhya Mridul’s character could have been etched out more clearly which would have given her more scope to perform. However, the scene stealer here is Prashant Narayan who does a brilliant job after his last release “Summer 2007”.
So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???”
Dum to kaafi hai, magar kahi kucch kam hai. Despite being backed by decent performances and able direction, the story does leave few unanswered questions in the minds of the viewers. Still, it is a must watch for people who like psychological thrillers and mot importantly for those who wish to view different kind of cinema
Rating : 2.5