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A pleasant surprise it is, though it is unfair to describe it so pleasantly, for Prague is a trippy, edgy film.

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Director: Ashish Shukla
Running time: 110 minutes
Genres: Noir, Philosophy
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The illusion called reality. You walk into the mind of another person and you are bound to feel disoriented. And if the mind of that person is under illusions, your can only imagine the chaos you find yourself in. This is the world Prague takes you to - the world of a young man, Chandan where he has lost capacity to tell between reality and illusion, how do you expect to get it?

If only, Prague sensitizes you to the constantly shaken up feeling of a person suffering from schizophrenia. If you find it uncomfortable to watch, imagine what that person's life must be like. It is a mercy then that you know the trigger behind Chandan's hallucinations. Else, the only way to explain the workings of these illusions is chemical imbalance.

Prague then is an intense, trippy snippet of Chandan's life. Played out beautifully by Chandan Roy Sanyal and his hallucinations - guilt-tripper Arfi Lamba, lover Elena Kazan and alter-ego friend Mayank Kumar. Or maybe they are real people and not his hallucinations.

This constant doubt makes the film predictable in that you doubt everything you are watching and wonder if you'll ever know what the reality is. Yet, the edgy, non-linear treatment keeps you hooked. Interestingly, the non-linearity is what brings a weird sense of flow to the events. You might never find out the chronological order of events, and yet it might make sense to you because it doesn't really matter.

I am instantly attracted to things that I don't understand completely. The intrigue in itself is enticing. This is where Prague scores.

- meeta, a part of the audience

11 reviewers(?) - 1 yays 3 so-so 7 nays

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Thumbs up, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Prague is a thoroughly engaging, highly engrossing film. It demands every ounce of the viewer’s attention, but in the end it’s an intriguing, rewarding experience... full review

So-So, Desi Martini : ...Prague features an original concept and novel imagery but it is brought down by tonal inconsistencies and scripting limitations. ... full review

So-So, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ... Prague is a destination worth exploring. ... full review

So-So, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...However, if you prefer unconventional, mysterious drama over mainstream entertainment, Prague will engage you. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ...Neither unconventional nor ground breaking, Prague is an experiment gone kaput!... full review

Thumbs down, by FPJ Bureau, Free Press Journal : ...with solid affectation. This experience does not amount to anything fulfilling or exciting.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza,, : ...While there is no harm in trying ones hand in psychological thrillers, one has to make sure there is enough input to execute the concept with some level of creativity and curiosity for the viewer... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...You keep looking for something to hold on to, and you keep coming up empty. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Prague is a very disappointing film simply because I had pined great hopes on it... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well there is good dum for all those people who love arty or festival types of films as they might get to see some good performances and fantastic visuals.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...Prague had it all going for a perfect thriller but with owing to the laxity of the filmmaker the edgy elements go completely haywire.... full review

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: No physical violence as such, but there characters are constantly mentally harrassed.
  • Language: Loads of abusive language
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Making out scenes, kisses, pole dance, etc.
  • Concept: A walk through the mind of a person suffering from schizophrenia.
  • General Look and Feel: Edgy and trippy.

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Running time:
110 minutes

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