CityLights: Does it Shine?

 
CityLights: Does it Shine?

Claps For: A very good story and excellent acting


Slaps For: Being a bit of a drag


Popcorn Refill: Not really


The Story: The movie is about a small towner Deepak Singh (Rajkummar Rao), who gets crippled with debt and loses his modest garments shop. He convinces his wife Raakhi (Patralekha) about relocating to Mumbai as a means to earn a living and start afresh. The couple head for the metropolitan city with their daughter hoping to seek shelter at a friend's place and look for a job. The trials and tribulations start the moment they land in the big city and are unable to contact their friend. The movie then showcases the harsh reality of life in a metro where it is a titanic struggle for the basic necessities of life. It is a far cry from usual the masala fare which we are treated to every week. There is nothing glamorous about a family's struggle in conditions which they are alien to! Sean Ellis, the director of the Metro Manila (2013), of which this movie is an official remake, created a story which can be set in practically any country. Rarely do you see stories with such a universal 'feel' to it.


Performances: Rajkummar Rao is in top form. He is extremely believable as the simple Rajasthani Deepak who is just looking out for his family. You just feel for him! The debutant Patralekha shows promise. Manav Kaul, who plays Rajkummar's supervisor, is impressive. He definitely deserves more opportunities. The movie belongs to Rajkummar all the way!


Direction: Hansal Mehta, fresh on the back of his National Award win, does get the best out of Rajkummar and the other actors. The problem is with the pacing of the movie which tends to drag at times. Some scenes, like the one between a drunk Deepak and Raakhi feels overdrawn. The songs also seem oddly placed. Overall, the film could have been much tighter and treated better visually.


Music: 'Muskuraane' has caught up with the audiences and is being appreciated. The other songs are okay and they do take help from a couple of songs from other Bhatt movies to the soundtrack. The background score could have been better. Also, as mentioned earlier, the songs could have better placed.


Combo on offer: There is some serious talent on show here with 2013's National Award winning combo of Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao. The supporting cast of Patralekha and Manav Kaul are also good. The movie is very serious, dark and for people who are looking for meaningful cinema. Just not for those who are looking for 'Entertainment' and run-of-the-mill fare. It is exactly what the trailer shows the movie to be. Rajkummar's talent is on full display here and his acting is definitely worth it! A good movie, which does have its flaws.


Our Verdict: We give Claps for this movie, with the acting being a standout!


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