Aakasa Ramannaon 10th Mar 2010, 7:00am | Permalink
I always thought there were two types of movies .. Movies which were the run of the mill , dreamy , fun types ... and movies which laid emphasis on technical brilliance even at the cost of story telling . Then I saw Balayya babu's movies . Thankfully Road movie does not fall in the 3rd category . But what we see is a movie filled with technical brilliance .. wouldve been better if only it was refilled with more substance :-( Road movie has that typical europian movie touch to it where the mood of the story is the storyline .We have a story of a hair oil salesman ( who isnt ranbir kapoor , to find his job interestin ) who goes on a journey across the destert to sell his 1930s truck and some hair oil on the move, The story ' predictablly 'deals with the trials and tribulations he faces during the journey of this unforgiving desert . Like any other 'Art' movie attention in detail is given to build up the mood of the film - which invariably is somber in most of the cases. The performances are top notch . The music - though inspired from babel and motorcycle diaries suits the mood of the film , the crapping scenes were brilliantly taken (:P) but where this movie takes u by awe is the cinematographic brilliance and the art direction (Dont expect glossiness like devdas) . And ya .. the delightful portrayal of the effects of cinema on the mood of people . All in all ... If you have the patience and the time you might find this movie interesting if your okay with the fact that the story goes tel bechne .
Road is like a caricature of the quintessential "art movie" - the kind that embarrasses to no end your innermost urges to expect a plot out of a film. There are vague movies and there are rambling movies, but Road quite takes the cake as far as the business of taking artistic license and absconding with it is concerned.
A restless Vishnu (Abhay Deol) sets out on a battered truck to escape the rut of having to take part in his father's hair oil business. The truck is apparently to be sold to a museum across the desert, and while all Vishnu wants to do is be liberated, his fath....