wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?) - extra credit for trying a rarely attempted concept
The broad concept is truly intriguing but the basic story is like a balloon losing air...phuuussssRead more
NOT A REVIEW - Just excited about seeing this assembly of talent on screen together.
Kay Kay Menon, Vinay Pathak, and Rajat Kapoor! Just these names make me want to watch the movie right now! Add to the medley Sandhya Mridul and Sonali Kulkarni. I know, these women don’t necessarily have only good projects associated with their names, but nevertheless, we know they can act well if given a chance.
If that were not enough, the promos look interesting and the passion with which it was made is promising. In the director, Arindam Nandy's words from his post on Passion For Cinema
I am sure, all movies, good, bad or evil go through this process and all directors have a deep passion towards their product. But, not all engage the audience. This one looks like it has its ingredients right. Whether it tastes good too, we'll know soon enough. Right now, my motto is -
"clean slate, clean slate, clean slate....neutral expecataions, neutral expectations, neutral expectaions"
- meeta, a part of the audience
I couldn't stop laughing for about a minute after the credits started rolling. And had a smile on my face for the next few minutes. Nope! Even the most easily amused can't term this one a comedy. I am just kicked by how the audience is taken for a ride. It's not a super-fun ride because by no means is it a great cinematic experience or an entertainer. It's just a smart concept that didn't manage to keep me hooked.
In the interest of sounding a little less abstract and yet be truthful to the theme of this blog, I'm going to use an analogy. Say, you are a teacher who's going to introduce a new topic to the class today. To make the lesson more interesting you choose to play a game. Now the idea of playing a game is really neat, but, BUT if you choose a boring game, you have lost your class. Your creativity is admirable, but the class is not engaged.
So, the idea of playing a game here is the broad concept of Via Darjeeling and I'm going to call the choice of game, the basic story. The conversation between a bunch of people discussing an event can only be as interesting as the event. As a character points out, this discussion could have been a classic study of human nature. But it's not, because the basic premise is lame.
The story is somewhat saved by the ever-reliable Kay Kay Menon. The subtle changes in his character as he moves from one part of the movie to the next, are absolutely attributable to his performance. You can actually see some of it in Parvin Dabas' act too. Sonali Kulkarni's hammed up performance can also be passed off under the guise of her character's eccentricity and ambiguity.
But, the entire set-up of friends talking, having fun, quibbling with each other, came off as extremely superficial. If one relationship oozed with extreme familiarity at one point, in the next, the same characters would be saying things to each other that made them seem like strangers. There's only fleeting interplay amongst the characters.
So, while the individual characters were detailed, the relationships were very broadly sketched. And we are talking about the likes of Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sandhya Mridul, Prroshant Narayanan here. I have liked their work in one movie or the other, so am not willing to blame them completely for lack of the proverbial chemistry.
Compound that with the overall drawling tone of the movie and you can't be blamed for getting a wee bit fidgety. And if that wasn't enough, the songs are absolutely misplaced, and don't go with the ambiance created by the movie.
Yet, the director cannot be written off, because he tried. Tried something not ventured into easily by Hindi cinema - a story without a closure. There's after all no conflict that needs resolution. And trying out gets brownie points around here. Along the way, he also commented on the basic nature of humans to indulge themselves in something that doesn't concern them whatsoever. And though it doesn't hook the audience, it surely teases them right through to the end.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs down, by Kavita Ogale, Times Now : ...we are put through an uninteresting dissection at the hands of an equally uninteresting bunch of pretentious friends who talk & talk & talk without consequence.... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
A police inspector (Vinay Pathak) is investigating a case of a man gone missing (Kay Kay Menon) as reported by his wife (Sonali Kulkarni). He happens to narrate this case ia group of friends (Rajat Kapoor, Simone Singh, Sandhya Mridul, Prrosshant Narayanan). The conversation takes a few turns.
If everything is a figment of someone's imagination, you cannot really comment on things being off. Anything is possible in imagination...