Road Movie (2010) Preview
Produced by the US-based Ross Katz and Susan B. Landau, and presented by The Indian Film Company and Studio 18, the script of the Dev Benegal-directed feature was an official selection at the L’Atelier du Cannes in 2006. Road, Movie (in Hindi) is India’s first breakthrough feature at TIFF’09 – an official selection that had a world premiere at The Winter Garden Theatre on September 18′ 2009.Shot on a lush canvas, ROAD, MOVIE is slated for release on March 26, 2010 and stars screen sensation Abhay Deol, along with festival circuit favourite, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and renowned Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik, both who gave notable performances in the 2007 British film BRICK LANE.
Vishnu, a restless young man, itches to escape his father’s faltering hair oil business.
An old truck beckons, which Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the antique Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain, he discovers he’s not merely transporting a battered vehicle, but an old touring cinema.
Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway, a wandering old entertainer and a striking gypsy woman. Together they roam the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious waterlord.
The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in 1001 Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback.
The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but especially for Vishnu who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.
Dev Benegal whose first feature presentation ENGLISH, AUGUST was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and had ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmakers.His second feature presentation SPLIT WIDE OPEN premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.So What about this venture..? Will this venture able to landmark again like his first venture?….