Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Life in A Metro...


Anurag Basu's Life In A Metro that sets out to deliver a realistic and unpretentious look at the lives and emotions of a handful of city dwellers in contemporary Mumbai. Indeed a good attempt specially after GANGSTER....

life in a metro is all about the fast paced life that people life each day.....RAHUL.a call centre employee lends his flats to his bosses for their escapades in hope of a good recommendation for promotion,to make his fathers dream a reality,who falls in love with his colleague and boss's mistress:NEHA...also an employee..sleeps with her boss and hopes that someday she will find someone who would truly love her....SHRUTI...30 and a virgin...looks for a potential husband finds the repulsive MONTY....she then falls in love with her boss RISHI...whom later she finds out,is a gay....MONTY even though appeared a lech turned out to be a good friend and helped her cope with her crisis...RANJIT...cheating husband and a male chauvinist...SHIKHA,house wife forms a friendship with a struggling drama actor:AKASH...and shares a informal relationship and is rescued in time before she commits adultery...

Unlike Basu's previous film Gangster , Metro isn't an all-out dark film, but has sufficient dose of witty humour that basically comes out in the Irrfan-Konkana track and the initial reels for Sharman's story. A must mention is Kay Kay for being the epitome of male chavinism of an egoistic husband. Indeed the show stealer, for you hate him, detest his very sight, all thanks to a terrific protrayal. As for the much in controversy Ms Shetty, she does manage to deliver a fine performance a step ahead of Phir Milenge.So what goes wrong? First, the half-baked Dharmendra-Nafisa Ali story that deserves a better end and then Kangana who one fine day wakes up to be with Sharman. As for Shiney Ahuja he deserved a more meaty scene.

MUSIC:
Ever since the film Metro [now rechristened Life In A...Metro] was conceptualized, it has been in news for multiple reasons.....It comes in the wake of Anurag Basu's critically and commercially acclaimed film Gangster, It has Basu joining hands with country's one of the top film making houses UTV Motion Pictures,Last but not the least a lot is expected from composer Pritam who has delivered Gangster with Basu and together the duo has promised a new sound in Metro by making a rock band.

Looking at Pritam to revive the music industry that is lying low for some weeks now, one plays an all-male album that has singers as diverse as Adnan Sami, KK, James, Soham, Suhail and Pritam himself. Apart from these singers, others who make the band are Niladri, Kalyan Baruah, Jim Satya, Titu & Eric Pillai.

genre of soft rock!music is soulful,poignant and heart wrenching.....is a must have in all music lovers collection....Alvida,In dino,Kar salaam, Baatein Kuch Ankahee Si ...are songs the suit all moods of a loveer...one cant help but instantly fall in love with the music...it makes you cry...throw caution and just dance or even long for your loved one...its thats powerful....

Due to unplugged nature of the song, the entire focus of 'Baatein' is on Suhail with just a guitar being played in the background and the singer doesn't disappoint at all. Coming on his own in this track, Suhail announces his arrival and ensures for himself that he has a longer innings in Bollywood.

my rating a 4 **** and a half stars for a brilliantly made film...a must watch...

15 comments:

Jeya Anand said...

Hmmmm yet to see the movie...will sure do today or tomorrow...The music is lovely as u said...

Note:I wonder u have a technology to steal things from my mind?? This is not the first time u know... Anyhow look out for a post under the same title "life in a metro" (not abt the movie)in my blog...:D hehehhe

Priyanka Sarkar said...

Read this review.
is it really worth a dekko??
(cos 4 stars s quite somethng)

phoenix said...

@jeya
is it kya?...omg is this telepathy or wat?? :D...sure will look out...

@priyanka di...
i dont know about you...but i had a great time....i hope you too..:)

Shamash said...

nice review....
oh in dino is a cheated song: from a paki singer i forget the neam but ill tell u the line:
karle tu bhi mohabbat....
though i havent seen da film yet i do plan to catch it sumtime later

phoenix said...

@rohit
is it really?my god!yeah u must watch...quite entertaining...im sure u ll like it

Rajeev said...

Metro?!
Frenz told me that the muvee sucked! :(

peace & love
JeeVY

Shruti said...

Hmm, havent got chance to watch the movie..p:(

Smartalec said...

nice review... fit for TOI!

yep! i liked the movie too! and songs were awesome...

ani said...

hmmm.... personally i think only irfaan n konkona were noteworthy!!! :) By the way.. tagged you! viait the post 'Quirky lil me' for details! (Don't kick me!!)

phoenix said...

@rajeev....
i dont know about your friends,but i sure liked it

@shruti
you must watch it..

@steve
:)

@ani
yeah i agree about irfan-konkona plot..
onoooo i am nt doing anymore tags dear....check my posts TAGGED lol!

Sunshine gal said...

Honestly, i agree with Anu, there r only bits and parts of the movie that i had liked. for example the scenes shot at the restaurant...Shiney and Shilpa, dining and he asks her whther she loves her husband...She pauses, a momentary pause that betrays her doubts and confusion and says a very shaky yes....I also liked Kangana-Sharman plot....The plot was good...the actors mediocre....9in reference 2 the kangana-sharman thing)

All in all, the movie had failed to meet my expectations...for somewhere dwn the line it had degenerated into the commercial flick thingy...The music, though is simply superb...

phoenix said...

@ipsy
hmm i guess so...prolly i wen t with a zero expectation and that i had a good time watching it...who knows..:P

Jeya Anand said...

worth seeing once...emotions and characters well portrayed ...could have been better...

Jijo said...

Metro is an over-hyped attempt at Making a chic and Intellectual Movie. It won't pass for one though. The only thing that perhaps stands out is the Music, which ain't half-bad. Hats off to Irrfan and Kay Kay for such restrained performances. Can't say so about Others, though. If U have seen any of the early Films of Pedro Almodovar, be it 'The Flower of My Secret Desire' or 'Live Flesh', U'ld know where from Anurag Basu's idea of coming up with sth like Metro stems. It also largely draws from the Jarmush Classic 'Coffees and Cigarettes'. This is, as a matter of fact, a slowly developing yet dangerous trend in Bollywood. People have by now grown tired of the mundane song-and-dance routine, the knight-in-shining-armour and damsel-in-distress cliche. What they are doing it is nothing more than Copy-Paste, but worse of it all - They are not even bothered to mention the actual sources. Bollywood as a matter of fact has alwez been blown out of proportions, thanks to the money-power which They have got and which Other Indian Film Industries don't. I am not trying to depict Indian Movies in a derogatory light, but unfortunately I am left with no other option as there is hardly any Good Film being made. The biggest failure of Metro is perhaps the fact that it neither sticks to Art, nor to Commerce, and trying to cash in upon both, loses it all in the process. The First half of the Movie is comparatively bearable and keeps up the fast tempo, but the climax throws away it all. All that is too much of a coincidence and hard to agree with. Some might argue that this only offers a larger-than-life viewpoint, but then again, I don't get the reason behind it, as the main motive behind the Film according to the Director, is Documenting the City Life, and not giving in to some cliched Bollywood Coincidences and ridiculous ends. It's Time that People who consider themselves Film Buffs, go beyond the Karan Johars, Nagesh Kukunoors or Rakesh Mehras, and see what the World has to offer, and what it has given Us so far. Hands down to Metro. This won't take Indian Cinema to the next step, but has actually denigrated it already.

phoenix said...

@jijo
for christsake i am not a movie buff in its literal sense.....i watch movies for fun....and not like u who analyzes whatever he sees and retrospects on it....i am sorry there maybe be better films but on a commercial level i think its a better made films in todays time if compared to movies like MP3,FOOL N FINAL ETC...