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Review : Life In A Metro


Life In A Metro Movie Review

Star Cast : Shiney Ahuja, Shilpa Shetty, Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Kay Kay Menon, Kangna Ranaut, Sharman Joshi, Nafisa Ali, Dharmendra.

Movie Runtime : 140 min.

The film’s promos describe the movie as a story of countless emotions. Love, sex, faith, lies, lust, passion, ambition are some of the emotions that were portrayed by the protagonists. It’s a story of a bunch of 9 people, each trying to adjust themselves with the fast paced life of a Metro.

If you want to know the story, then check the movie trailer(below). Give your grey cells some stress and you shall get a basic idea of the movie.

Bollywood has tried it’s hand at movies with multiple paths all converging to form a single story in the end. I guess it started with Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar ( a big flop), but as time progressed the film-makers became more intelligent in weaving many plots into one. Among all such movies I have watched, Naseer’s film Yun Hota To Kya Hota has been my favorite. But after watching Life In A Metro, Yun Hota… has been displaced to the second spot.

Life In A Metro by Anurag Basu ( of Murder and Gangster fame) is one of the better films of 2007. Both technically as well as script wise the movie is a good product. I always grumble, that unlike Hollywood films, where lot of pain goes into selecting the star cast, Bollywood film-makers barely spend time to get the star cast right. Any damn actor will do for them. But I must appreciate the makers of Metro for selecting a bunch of talented actors that fit their roles to the tee.

All the actors have done a fantastic job and credit must go to Anurag Basu for handling his team with such finesse. Each actor has been given ample scope to show his/her presence felt in the film. Basically all the actors are important and there is no single star. But if I were to list the actors and their performances by order of merit then it would go like :

Irrfan Khan : simply brilliant, marvelous. His best performance after Maqbool. Although his role is not too long, Irrfan just manages to mesmerize you with his acting. Irrfan’s character is a difficult one too have been played and Irrfan plays it with such adeptness, that not once does he go over board.

Konkona Sen Sharma : She does it everytime and in Metro she does it again. She simply bowls you down with her potrayal of a 30 year old virgin desperately in pursuit of a life a partner. Konkona’s strength is her sweet, innocent voice, you can never get bored of hearing her speak. The way she gets into the skin of her character is marvelous. You start relating with her from scene one itself.


Life In A Metroo

Shilpa Shetty, Shiny Ahuja , Kay Kay : All three of them have done a great job. Shilpa shows tremendous potential. She looks beautiful and her performance adds to her beauty. Her best performance since Phir Milenge. Kay Kay and Shiney like always are dependable.

Sharman Joshi: Like always, Sharman is lovable. His comic timing is brilliant.

Kangana Raut: She is so cute!!!!!!!! She looks like a Barbie doll in the film. Just work on your diction Kangana and you might well be a star to reckon in the times to come.

Technically the film is brilliant. Be it the taut editing, the superb screen play or the captivating cinematography, Life In A metro scores full points. Special mention must be given to Pritam’s soulful music and the wonderful lyrics. Full marks to the Metro band for their music.

Life In A Metro has several moments that you can take with you once you leave the theatre. The scenes between Konkona and Irrfan are brilliant and will surely make you burst into fits of laughter. Also the scene when Sharman realizes that Kangana has been sleeping with her boss is executed wonderfully and will surely have a reaction on your lachrymal glands. Shilpa’s scene with Shiney in the neon lighted room is also done brilliantly.

But there are some things that prevent Life In A Metro from making a transition from a good to a great film. The movie is realistic for most of the times and you can relate to all the characters. But towards the end the movie suddenly turns into a Bollywood masala film. Irrfan Khan’s horse riding act though hilarious is hard to digest. And so is Kangana’s sudden change of heart towards Sharman. It was only the Shilpa-Kay Kay track that had a rather believable end.

Also the Dharmendra-Nafisa track was completely unnecessary and it simply bored me.

The concept of having musicians( Pritam and co.) coming on screen and playing the songs though innovative is not well done. James simply scares you with his expressions while Pritam and the other musician make you laugh with their histrionics. And you start wondering why the hell are these ugly creatures popping up time and again and spoiling the feel of the music.

But certainly the pluses overweigh the negatives. Despite it’s short comings, Metro is a film you wouldn’t want to miss. Great music, great performances and a good story are hard to find in films these days and Metro provides you with all that.

Movie Rating – 6/10

P.S. : Mr. Anurag Basu please pay the Metro band, I cann’t bear to see their pain and anguish. Please see to it that they change their barber, for surely their current one is not doing his job well :)

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    wow, awesome article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

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