By Karan Patel (Simple Complex Continuity)
I have seen many a road trip movie, but none like this one. Some great story telling characteristics in Road, Movie. It boasts a strong script, flawless acting (the whole cast), cinematography that serves as eye candy, witty humor and just simply feels good at the end of it all.
Road, Movie follows the story of Vishnu, who is probably in his late 20’s, frustrated with helping out with his dad’s more than boring hair-oil business, and is looking to get out in search of something fresh and new. He gets a lucky break when he gets a chance to deliver a client’s truck all the way across the desert to a “City by the Sea”.
Along the way, he meets an ensemble of eccentric wanderers, including a kid who works at the local chai ki dukkan and is also looking for a new job, an old man wandering through, looking to eventually make his bed at the “City by the Sea” and also believes that somewhere in the middle of the desert, there is going to be a huge fair with loads of festivities and finally a beautiful widow desperate in search of water.
They make their journey across the barren desert, shot incredibly well, running into corrupt cops, the water mafia and all the fun and frolic at the fair in the middle of the desert. They win their freedom from the cops by showing them a bunch of classic Bollywood and Hollywood movies, which were surprisingly found in the trunk of the truck. Humorously enough, they win their freedom and a lifetime supply of water from the water mafia by selling them hair oil.
Road, Movie is one of the finest ‘coming of age’ movies I have seen in recent times. It’s very simple, but it spoke pretty loud to me. Satish Kaushik and Abhay Deol have always done a great job at the roles they have played. A big shout to the kid actor Mohammed Faizal Usmani and Tannishtha Chatterjee, who plays the beautiful widow. Sparked with a brilliant cinematography, this is a must-watch !