Movie Review: Filmistaan (2014)

Box Office: Flop

In Mumbai, affable Bollywood buff and wanna-be-actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasizes on becoming a heart-throb star. However, at every audition he is summarily thrown out. Undeterred, he goes with an American crew to remote areas in Rajasthan to work on a documentary. One day an Islamic terrorist group kidnaps him for the American crew-member. Sunny finds himself on enemy border amidst guns and pathani-clad guards, who decide to keep him hostage until they locate their original target. The house In which he is confined belongs to a Pakistani, whose trade stems from pirated Hindi films, which he brings back every time he crosses the border. Soon, the two factions realize that they share a human and cultural bond. The film shows how cinema can be the universal panacea for co-existence.

FILMISTAAN is one of those rare Hindi films that juxtaposes drama, humor and emotions seamlessly [screenplay: Nitin Kakkar]. An absorbing plotline is spread out splendidly into a 2-hour film and believe me, there’s never a dull moment in the entire narrative. Although the film does highlight cross-border terrorism, it also sheds light on the love that people from both sides have for Bollywood. Additionally, while the Indian protagonist is held captive in a hamlet in Pakistan, the film doesn’t come across as gloomy or dark. And despite the fact that he faces hardships/atrocities at the hands of his Pakistani captors, the director presents a picture of hope and optimism.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
5.0 “Filmistaan is absolutely flawless.”
4.0 “FILMISTAAN walks the tightrope between offbeat and commercial with gusto.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “In a nation of star-worshippers, this film devoid of superstars brilliantly stands out. Aaj khush toh bahut hain hum! Ab bas, tareef pe tareef …”
Times Of India
4.0 “Filmistaan from first-time director Nitin is fresh in vision and enchanting in execution “
NDTV Movies
4.0 “Filmistaan is probably every filmy insaan’s wet dream translated on screen.”
4.0 “The film has got appreciable treatment that makes you realize of the ‘hero’ hidden in you.”
4.0 “Sampling Indian cinema as ‘Mahan’ ‘Filimistaan’ stands out as a welcome dope of hope to B-town satires its novel, funny, smartly acted comic relief combating cross border grits with its ‘filmy’ wits.. go for it..
3.5 “Filmistaan a crash course on Bollywood dialogues.”
Indiatoday: Rohit Khilani
3.5 “If you are a Bollywood fan, you cannot miss Filmistaan.
DNA India
3.0 “Filmistaan is engaging, but just not enough.”
Indiatoday: Suhani Singh
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 ” There are a few enjoyable moments in the movie, but the potential is never fully realized.”


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