Thursday, May 6, 2010


By D.E.Levine

A Tribeca Film Festival Selection

Director: Dev Benegal
Writer: Dev Benegal
Cast: Abhay Deol, Mohammed Faisal, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Veerendra Saxena, Amitabh Srivastava, Suhita Thatte, Hardik Mehta, et al.
Producer: Dev Benegal, Ross Katz and Susan B. Landau
Executive Producer: Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri and Vandana Malik
Co-Producer: Fred Berger and Sopan Muller
Line Producer: Anup Poddar
Original Music: Michael Brook
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Country of Origin: USA/India
Language: Hindi and English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

After a 10-year hiatus, Dev Benegal returns with a hauntingly beautiful film set primarily in the stunning deserts of Rajasthan and Kutch.

While Vishnu, a young man who is bored with his father's hair oil business seeks a better way of life, he is charged with delivering a 1942 Chevy truck. On his journey he is faced with the breakdown of the truck and the need to find water which is scarce and mobster controlled by the "water mafia."

The truck also doubles as a traveling cinema. As his journey proceeds, Vishnu picks up co-passengers - a vagrant, a wise old man and a gypsy.

In the end, it is the two cases of hair oil that are exchanged for precious water and the old films and projector that provide a ticket to freedom.

Each of his co-passengers brings something special to Vishnu's life. Vishnu himself, starts out on the journey as a selfish, self-centered man and finishes the journey having undergone significant changes.