Filmistaan Movie Review: A not-so-typical Bollywood film
Filmistaan is a Bollywood film with not-so-typical theme. The story revolves around starry eyed Sunny Arora played by Sharib Hashmi who wants to be a Bollywood actor. Everything about Sunny seems to be inspired by Hindi films. Inching closer to his Bollywood dreams, Sunny one day reaches Mumbai and while struggling to get a role in a Bollywood film, he lands himself position of Assistant Director in an International production company. While the position is just a facade, soon he finds himself doing petty jobs of a spot boy on the sets. One day while travelling to a border of Rajasthan with the unit of the film, he gets abducted by a few Pakistani terrorists. Terrorists also take his camera along and put him into a house arrest in the house of Aftab, played by Inaamulhaq, who runs business of pirated CDs of Bollywood films as well as porn films. Aftab also dreams of making a Pakistani film someday. Meanwhile, the terrorists are trying to make video of abducted Sunny Arora to get their demands fulfilled by Indian Government.
How was the acting?
Sharib Hashmi has done a very good job by bringing alive the character of Sunny Arora. Another major character in the film is that of Aftab, the wanna be filmmaker. Inaamulhaq has done justice to Aftab’s role in the film. Kumud Mishra who plays the role of mastermind behind the abduction also manages to pull attention with his acting.
How was the direction?
Giving a rather new angle to see Indo-Pak relationship, director Nitin Kakkad has definitely done a commendable job. Despite of it being an extremely experimental and risky plot, the film leaves the audience with something to smile about. With almost nothing conventional and stereotypical in the film, Nitin has given cinema lovers something fresh to savour. However, at some places one does feel that the director could have delivered something more.
Why watch the film?
Filmistaan is an out-of-the-league film that comes as a breath of fresh air. Watch this film if you are an enthusiast of unique cinema. Also watch it because after struggling for two years and remaining in the unknown, this national award winner has made it to movie theatres. The best part about Filmistaan is that it celebrates our love for Indian cinema.
Why not watch the film?
Like all Bollywood films which require one to keep aside logic, Filmistaan also urges one to do so. It walks the line of being slightly unrealistic.
Filmistaan gives cinema lovers something more to believe and enjoy, unlike stereotypical Bollywood films.