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Movie Review: Milan Talkies (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

MILAN TALKIES is the story of two lovers in a small town. The year is 2010. In Allahabad, Anu Sharma (Ali Fazal) is a small town filmmaker and dreams of becoming a big shot director some day. He funds his films by selling exam papers. Maithili (Shraddha Sainath) approaches him one day as she needs help in passing her examination. It is the pre-requisite by her future in laws before she can tie the knot. Anu agrees and falls in love with her. In fact his racket gets exposed and yet he goes out of the way to help her cheat and pass in the exams. Maithili too begins to love him and they start a romantic relationship. They start to hang out in the projector room of the single screen theatre Milan Talkies since Anu is friends with the projector guy, Usman bhai (Sanjay Mishra). Anu wants to send his father (Tigmanshu Dhulia) to talk to Maithili’s father Janardhanan (Ashutosh Rana) for marriage. But Janardhanan is a priest and quite conservative. Hence he detests film industry and those working for it. As a result, he would never agree to the union of Anu and Maithili. With no other option in hand, the lovers decide to elope. However their plan is foiled as Janardhan finds out. He takes the help of local goon Guru Panda (Sikandar Kher) to nab them. Guru is aggressive and hates the idea of courtship. He stops Maithili and fires a shot at Anu. But Anu escapes. Meanwhile the husband-to-be for Maithili refuses to get married to her after the elopement episode. Guru Panda then agrees to get hitched with Maithili. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Tigmanshu’s tenderest tale”
Sify
3.0 “Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Lively Love Letter To Bollywood And Allahabad”
NDTV
Average Reviews
2.5 “In a bid to serve up a gourmet of entertainment, Milan Talkies ends up becoming a goulash of commercial fare. “
TOI
Negative Reviews
1.5 “A Messy, Greedy Love Story That Illustrates Its Director’s Penchant For Excesses”
Filmcompanion
1.5 “MILAN TALKIES is a badly made film and riddled with a clichéd storyline. Avoid!”
Bollywoodhungama
1.5 “Please Choose An Appropriate Insurance Plan Before Watching This!”
Koimoi

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