Citylights blind the poor and dazzle only for the rich.
Director: Hansal Mehta
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Manav Kaul, Patraleka
Music: Jeet Ganguly
Background score: Raju Singh
The movie gets Hansal Mehta to pair up (again) with Rajkummar Rao and lay a platter for the stupendous actor to bag the best actor national award, for the second time. Much as Rajkummar leads the show, the bigger bet could be Manav Kaul winning the best supporting award. The latter (Bittu Mama of Kai Po Che) is so good that throughout the movie you keep guessing if he is a good samaritan or a shrewd fraudster. The movie is sure watch for the duo.
It also sends a strong message to commoners who abandon village struggle in the hope to conquer city dreams. They walk miles over terrains in scorching sun, to hit bad roads and then proper roads, to catch a bus to the nearest station, to board a general class train compartment only to lose their life’s earnings in a few minutes to a property fraudster.
Often we meet them in big cities – a couple with a hanging bag and starving child – begging for money to eat. We shoo them away. The entire city shoos them away. The much hyped ‘Mumbai spirit’ is a big farce. Commoners need to report to work everyday, live by the day, protect their house and family earnings every minute; lest the next guy snatches it all away. Citylights blind the poor and dazzle only for the rich. Google has enough links about the struggling state of labour class be in Delhi, Dubai or Durban.