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Movie Review - Road, Movie

Abhay Deol, with movies like Dev D, Manorama Six Feet Under and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! to his credit, was a champion in bridging the divide between the so-called "art movies" (the ones characterised by likes of Smita Patil)  and the mainstream hindi cinema. Little did we know that he would come up with a movie like Road, Movie which will pull apart the two genres to eternity.

Road, Movie is a perfect example of why we don't like art movies and why they are just meant for being displayed at film festivals and nothing more. Road, Movie, directed by Dev Benegal, starts with a sluggish pace, slows down in the middle, and finally sputters and huffs and puffs to reach its end - just like the vintage monster truck that Vishnu (Abhay Deol) drives throughout the movie.

Vishnu does not want to sell the hair-oil that his father makes, so offers to drive the truck, together with the heavy-duty movie projectors that it carries to the museum. He journeys through the heat and dust of Rajasthan, in the process picking up some other characters which take the narrative forward, with movies playing the central part in the entire sequence. That's all that there is in the story.

Road, Movie is dull, period. Even if you are bored and have nothing to do, don't go to watch this movie. It will just add to your boredom.

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