Claps: Pallavi Joshi's rendition of Fiaz Ahmad Fiaz's classic 'Chand Roz' which is extremely soothing to the ears, Performances
Slaps: The film, which was intended to liberate your inner Buddha from the traffic jam of failed system around you, lacks a gripping hold and fails to keep you glued to the cinematic piece.
What's New: The plot of 'Buddha In A Traffic Jam' unravels with a chapter wise approach to relevant topics before reaching its conclusion.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Vikram Pandit (Arunoday Singh) is a young fiesty management student pursuing his MBA from a top business school in India. At one point of the film we are even told that he is an IIT Delhi- New York returned chap. In short, he is a bright star. The young lad becomes an overnight sensation after his social media campaign against the radical fundamentalism of moral policing in India goes viral on the internet.
He soon catches the attention of his university teacher, Prof. Rajan Bhetki (Anupam Kher). The professor invites him in for a 'secret game' wherein he is asked to start publishing articles under his name, originally authored by Bhetki.
Vikram slowly realizes the political scenario around him, the agony of the deprived in India and the Naxalite issues through the writings. Later Prof. Bhetki even challenges Vikram to come up with a marketing campaign that would help raise money via a non-profit Pottery Club for poor people living in Maoists areas of India. The club is the brainchild of Bhekti's wife Sheetal (Pallavi Joshi). She is helped by Charu Siddhu (Mahie Gill) who runs an NGO that works for tribal welfare.
After a lot of brainstorming Vikram comes up with a modern day remedy that can bypass all red tape and political hurdles. However little does he know that he is about to become a part of a dangerous ploy that would put his life at stake and unmask several people around him.
Performances: Arunoday Singh and Anupam Kher put up a commendable act irrespective of their not-so-great sketched role. Pallavi Joshi who was last seen in the Marathi film 'Rita' makes a comeback in the Hindi film industry with this movie. Sadly she too lacks a well-fleshed role. Blame it on the writing! Mahi Gill does not get much screen time but she is good in her part.
Direction: The film is said to be tackling with several grave issues currently prevailing our country. Right from corruption, moral policing, Naxalite issues to exposing Naxal-NGO-Academia nexus, Vivek Agnihotri tries to provide a solution to every burning issue. But alas! It turns out to be clear case of too many issues spoil the film. As a result we are presented a shaky, lacklustre narrative that fails to hold our attention.
Also few might find crass language and expletives that the director has used to give a realistic touch to his film a bit indigestible.
Combo-on-offer: Social Drama and nothing else.
Verdict: We give 'Buddha In A Traffic Jam' SLAPS for failing to be a thought-provoking film.