Ek Chalis Ki Last Local - Notepad

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quick review:

It's a super-insane plot that is composed of absolutely eccentric sub-plots. However, a good dose of imaginative comedy is blemished by dark comedy that generally does not suit my taste. Overall, though the way the different plots are put together is original and is worthy of appreciation. The makers' courage deserves extra points.

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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

One day in the monsoons, Nilesh (Abhay Deol) wants to commute from Kurla to Vikhroli (Mumbai suburbs), but is stranded on the station because he missed the last train for the day. He has two and a half hours to kill. What transpires in those couple-plus hours is what you should try and catch in almost real-time.

What Worked

  • One of the first scenes - where Nilesh tries to catch the train but can't because of his jacket has been done really well.
  • The gag on "Main Hoon Na" had me in splits.
  • Abhay Deol's acting in the gambling scene.
  • The first kiss in a Hindi movie after a long time that did not make me squirm wanting them to stop.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Neha Dhupia overacting when she pretends to be crying - did not go with the tone of the movie at all.
  • The social message on prostitution looked very out of place too.
  • Why did Bajrang point gun at Ponappa? If he was a deserter, how come he was back in action towards the end?

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • I always thought Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. Is Kurla station really so empty at around 1.30 - 2 am?
  • Is it so easy to light a fire when it has just rained? Maybe there was enough alcohol spillage for that to happen.
  • Does Abhay Deol have his super powers from his last movie? How come he dries up so easily? If he does, that is one weird super power to have.
  • Were Nilesh and Madhu walking around in circles? They came under the same banner "Kurla Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandir" twice. Okay, maybe there were two banners, but then the lighting, etc seemed the same too.
  • Was there any specific reason Nilesh was lusting at beer like an alcoholic?
  • Yuck!! How can anyone gulp down half a glass of beer at one go?!
  • The principal at the gambling table was behaving as if he had heard the rules of gambling for the first time, where as he is supposed to be a regular customer.
  • In the chase scene in the jungle, the characters are shown running one after the other. And in the next scene they are shown passing through a spot in the reverse order.
  • Neha Dhupia's hair is flying in a jungle when not a single leaf is moving in the vicinity.