CLAPS For: Brilliant casting
SLAPS For: Being over-dramatic
Popcorn Refill: Few
A passionate actor played by Sharib Hashmi named Sunny Arora who is unsuccessful in his career, joins a team of Firang filmmakers as an Assistant Director for their Documentary in order to survive the expensive life in Mumbai. A group of Pakistani terrorists with a mission to kidnap the Firangs capture Sunny instead and he is forced to live in a village with the Pakistani locals where he meets Aftaab played by Inaamulhaq. He lives with the militants, under the supervision of their leader Mehmood portrayed by Kumud Mishra until they capture the Firangs. Later, Sunny connects with the locals & Aftaab due to their mutual love for Bollywood and all Aftab wants now is for Sunny to be returned home safely.
When I say CLAPS for 'Brilliant casting' I mean it literally. In the entire movie it feels like this event is taking place in real & streamed live. Need I say anything more? Sharib Hashmi has stolen the show and I won't be wrong to say that he is the next Nawazuddin of Bollywood. Previously, Sharib has done small roles in movies like Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Slumdog Millionaire & Haal-e-Dil. Apart from him, another actor who holds your attention is Kumud Mishra who plays the antagonist. Kumud who has been a part of a number of Bollywood movies including Rockstar, has certainly taken the movie to a whole new level with his performance. Last but not the least, Inaamulhaq as Aftaab has done full justice to his character. Every actor in the movie irrespective of their role, will indulge you in their character
Done by first-time film Director Nitin Kakkar, who worked on the famous horror TV series 'Sssshhhhâ€¦Koi Hai' as an Associate Director, does not come out as an amateur. The flow of the movie is excellent, however, there are few places where the movie did not make sense and for instance when Sunny gets hold of the terrorist's gun and instead of running away he uses it to entertain the locals. Nitin has been over-dramatic by bringing twists & turns in the end which increases the emotional quotient unnecessarily. The movie has an unconventional ending, which is a great way to create a long-lasting impression on the audience.
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The movie, two years old and screened in 3 International Festivals bagging a number of Awards, might not be a success in the commercial market. However, this movie certainly has given Bollywood three exceptional actors and also a promising Director.
As a movie lover who values good cinema, I will give the makers of Filmistaan #CLAPS for their fantastic effort.