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Road, Movie
Directed by Dev Benegal
Produced by Ross Katz and Susan B. Landau
Written by Dev Benegal
Starring Abhay Deol
Tannishtha Chatterjee
Satish Kaushik
Music by Michael Brook
Cinematography Michel Amathieu
Editing by Yaniv Dabach
Release date(s) March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
Running time 95 min.
Country  India
Language Hindi
Budget Rs. 80 million ($2.5 million)

Road, Movie is a 2009 Indian road movie directed by Dev Benegal, and starring Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik.[1] It premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.[2]

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Plot

Vishnu (Abhay Deol), 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 of desert India, 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 (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a striking gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee). Together they roam in the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious water lord.

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.

Cast

Production

Road, Movie began in 2004 as an original idea by Dev Benegal. To do research for the film, he travelled for a year with a transient cinema troupe that showcased different films in rural Rajasthan villages. Benegal completed the first draft of the film's script in only 10 days. The script was written at a difficult period in his career as his other projects had been unsuccessful in finding financial backers.[3] He successfully submitted his screenplay to the L'Atelier screenwriting portion of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[4] Abhay Deol signed on to play the role of Vishnu after reading the script which he found "really nice, dreamy and humorous."[5] Filming took place in desert areas of the Kutch District of Gujarat and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.[6]

Release

Road, Movie premiered on September 18, 2009 at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[5] It was also screened at the 2009 Tokyo International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix Award and at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

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