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For a man with a strong theatrical background and much critically acclaimed award-grabbing movies like ' Split Wide Open' and ' English August' in his bag, director Dev Benegal lives up to the expectations of the critiques and the audiences; and even manages to deliver a winner yet again in the form of his much-awaited film ' Road, Movie' .
The movie stars Abhay Deol as the main lead; while Satish Kaushik and Faizal Usmani appear in strong supporting roles. Besides being a major display of Dev' s finesse as a moviemaker, the film is also about Deol' s running evolution as an actor. We see him grow into another wonderful character, playing a plethora of emotions, and making the space completely his own. Tanishtha, who plays a gypsy woman and joins the scene towards the end, also appears to be comfortable in her role.
The young lad Usmani (playing a tea-serving boy) will surely get you rolling in laughter with his raw style and solid acting. And, most importantly, the movie marks the return of Satish Kaushik as an actor. He really steals the show with his brilliant performance of the genius mechanic. The movie' s strongest point, really, is the masterful acting. The film has already gotten the critiques in a roll of applause.
Abhay Deol' s dad does business in hair oil; but the idea of selling hair oil does not appeal much to Vishnu (Deol). So instead, seeking a way out, he embarks on a journey in an old antique Chevy truck (which turns out to have been a touring cinemascope). The movie is about his journey on the road, across the desert, and to the sea where it will be sold to an old museum. On the way, three more characters join him: A young boy who asks him for a lift, a rusty mechanic, and a gypsy woman who leads them in a search of water.
It is a film purely made for all kinds of audiences while being a landmark of alternative cinema too. The acting is real and raw and truly appealing. Splendid cinematography and the bright use of colors make the sequences positively relevant and really engrossing. The movie deserves special applause for the brilliant execution: artistically appealing raw sequences shot in parched dry conditions, precise makeup and styling, awesome editing and the very use of a wobbly truck as the actual spear-point of the story, which runs you along and keeps you waiting the next turn on the road.
And what lies beyond the next turn of the road are the water mafia and oppressive corrupt cops. Dev' s masterful tools of storytelling ensure that the film never goes weak throughout; and though the ' search for water' concept is not clear in the beginning, it really makes sense when all threads are tied together in the end. The movie begins at a light note, but then keeps you guessing as to what is it all really about? It is, without doubt, a major release this year. One wonders if it will grab an award or two.
Susan B. Landau and Ross Katz
Road, Movie Reviews by Twitter Users:
Mayank Bhandari reviewed on 2010-03-09 at 17:33:58Z
I Just Watched ROAD, THE MOVIE...and I think it' s a good movie...Saluate 2 Abhay Deol and party....wat' s ur say..??
Uma Ayyagari reviewed on 2010-03-09 at 11:28:32Z
Lost all respect for Abhay Deol after watching " Road, Movie" ... pity... he had a near perfect record so far...
Divya reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 17:31:45Z
Watched road,movie. Was pretty boring. Expected more from Abhay Deol..
Anoop Ismail reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 12:23:01Z
Road, Movie..... nice try... 90 mins of a different feeling.... amazing time pass... Abhay Deol is way above other Bollywood heroes...
The Tossed Salad reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 11:56:59Z
4.5 for Road, Movie. Abhay Deol has selected a very good movie too boost his status. Very well shot. Dev Benegal rocks.
amit wankhede reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 06:02:25Z
Abhay Deol' s acting ossam in Road Movie.
Gaurav Ganoo reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 04:56:44Z
Abhay Deol' s movies are " offbeat" --I like them--but Road Movie was total " white noise" -- disappointed
Vineet Rajan reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 03:55:11Z
Road, Movie was very different and a welcome change.
Dr. Gonzo reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 03:27:24Z
Heard first half' s quite good. Road, Movie has mixed reviews.
Sai Bharadwaj reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 02:00:04Z
Went to Road, Movie yesterday. It was kinda bouncer. I had no clue of wat was happening. :|
Josh Parenteau reviewed on 2010-03-08 at 00:28:55Z
The Road movie was pretty damn good, but inevitably left stuff out...
drjaved reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 21:48:45Z
Am I the only one who liked Road movie ?
Soham Das reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 21:24:22Z
Shit! Road Movie is bad? Bahut expectations the usse
md.shadan reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 20:24:27Z
Hey did u see Road,Movie.... whts ur tk on it??? i liked the movie...it was an exotic amiless journey through life and cinema..
Bollywood Basanti reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 20:20:19Z
After 53 years, Pancham gets justice: Sar Jo Tera Chakraye, featured in Road, Movie has been credited to R D
Neeraj Goel reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 18:15:18Z
Road Movie is a must watch!!!! Abhay Deol proves it again
Tushar Katkar reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 16:34:51Z
Just watched ' Road, Movie' ..a latest flick of Abhay Deol..!! A great movie..arty but engaging..!! A mast watch..!!!
Nikhil Chawla reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 14:33:34Z
Road Movie is typical Abhay Deol movie thus it rocks.
vedang reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 14:14:58Z
Road, Movie was a big let-down. Sigh! Abhay Deol, you come down a notch in our opinion.
abhishek reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 13:32:47Z
Just watched Road of Abhay Deol - nice movie - in Abhay Deol style
Vivekanand Singh reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 10:21:29Z
Road, Movie - Another offbeat flick starring Abhay Deol
Sohini reviewed on 2010-03-07 at 04:07:48Z
Watched Road, Movie...very random, very surreal, quite gorgeous! And then there' s Abhay Deol too...
sanj pratyush reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 20:42:24Z
Hey watch Road,Movie its fun props to Satish Kaushik and Abhay Deol
Baidurya Chatterjee reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 19:44:45Z
ohh Road,Movie is a good watch...phenomenal shots now and then. Definitely not the regular Abhay Deol movie you thot u wud watch
joshy joseph francis reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 18:34:41Z
Looking forward to watching Road the movie..Abhay Deol ..the unconventional...
Harsh Batra reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 18:30:57Z
Watching the movie ' Road' starring Abhay Deol. So far its rediculously slow! Arjan is passing out n wants to go home...lol
Colette Parakh reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 17:25:18Z
Watched Abhay Deol' s " Road Movie" - somehow found it weird!!! Wonder why all the last viewed movies by me hv been weird :-(
.Sagar Mehta reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 17:10:31Z
ABHAY DEOL DOES IT AGAIN.... Road,Movie....brilliant Black humor...
Soumitra Das reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 16:23:18Z
Watched " Road, Movie" , enjoyed it ! Abhay Deol continues to amaze !
tkkartik reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 15:42:07Z
Watchin Road Movie.. Somehow feel this could be the downfall of Abhay Deol.
Priyank Shah reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 14:55:20Z
Saw Road, movie today. Abhay Deol always comes up with something different. This one was slow but decent. Not all will like this film.
tony mathew reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 13:48:52Z
How can Abhay Deol do this to his fans. He finally breaks his stream of sensible movies with " Road, Movie" . Its a dry, slow, hollow movie
Prakash Shah reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 13:48:36Z
Abhay Deol' s Road, Movie falls short of expectations
Aditya Vedula reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 13:13:24Z
Happened 2 c ' Road Movie' by Abhay Deol yday..still wondering what it is all abt. If u wanna experiment wid entertainment 4 2hrs do watch it!
GOVIND RAI reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 11:57:35Z
ROAD MOVIE: Cinematography & Champi Stands out and not Abhay Deol for a change. Cinema lovers would lap this one.
cliqzbollywood reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 11:12:05Z
Dev D was more out there... Road, Movie is more subtle - Abhay Deol
Namrata Balwani reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 08:12:07Z
Road, Movie: excellent performance by Satish Kaushik. Abhay Deol & Tanishtha didn' t hv well defined characters.
Subhav Kher reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 07:39:50Z
Saw Road, Movie yesterday - its a movie with no story and no conclusion...didn' t expect this off Abhay Deol..!!
Zapak.com reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 06:39:31Z
Will Abhay Deol' s Road, Movie cut it at the BO?In the meantime, enjoy dis game tht gives you D real ' Road' experience.
BHARAT KUSHWAHA reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 05:45:40Z
Looks like one more promising act by Abhay Deol in Road Movie. Liked ' Tel malish' version
Sony K. Philip reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 05:39:17Z
Watched Road, Movie last night. Unimpressed. Abhay Deol' s acting is not genuine at all! Could have done so much more with the idea. FAIL
Akshay A Dwivedi reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 05:37:01Z
Saw Road Movie yesterday didn xpect an Abhay Deol movie 2 b dat meaningless n mindless...!!!!even soulless..!!!sigh!
Mandar Lele reviewed on 2010-03-06 at 03:16:31Z
Saw Road, Movie not that gripping. We expect more from Abhay deol.
Suchitra W L reviewed on 2010-03-05 at 19:51:13Z
Road Movie is totally meh. What the hell was that about? Don' t bother with it. Especially if you are an Abhay Deol fan. He hams. 0.5/5
Tanmay Bhat reviewed on 2010-03-05 at 18:49:53Z
Watching road movie. Paid two hundred bucks for Abhay Deol' s non commercialness. Somehow that just doesnt feel right.
PRATEEK ROY reviewed on 2010-03-05 at 18:11:15Z
Never expected Abhay Deol to do such a pathetic movie..... ROAD MOVIE SUCKS ! never understood what the 90 min movie was about
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