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Movie Review: Filmistaan has a few enjoyable moments

Filmistaan movie review: There are a few enjoyable moments in the movie, but the potential is never fully realized.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta
New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 4:51:12 pm
There are a few enjoyable moments in ‘Filmistaan’, but the potential is never fully realized. There are a few enjoyable moments in ‘Filmistaan’, but the potential is never fully realized.

Filmistaan movie review : There are a few enjoyable moments

Star Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq, Kumud Mishra

Director : Nitin Kakkar

A Bollywood buff is a unique creature that knows no boundaries. ‘Filmistaan’ has great premise, of creating an Indo-Pak cross-border hot-spot and getting Bollywood to douse the flames. This should have made the film soar, because there is nothing quite like mad passion for movies to lighten even the grimmest of brows. But the execution falters. ‘Filmistaan’ is mildly entertaining in brief spurts but sluggish overall.

Sunny (Sharib Hashmi) is your average, banana-about-Bollywood joe, who dreams of making it big as an actor. He finds himself working on a film shoot near the India-Pakistan border, picking up after the crew one moment, and in the next, sandbagged and slung across the line of control.

But how long can you keep a lover of Bollywood down? Not very, going by Sunny’s sunny temperament even in the face of grave danger. He recites his favourite lines, and recalls his beloved films, of which ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ seems to be tops. Sunny finds an unexpected champion in the shape of Pakistani film pirate Aftaab (Inaamulhaq), who lugs CDs across the border to feed his countrymen’s insatiable appetite for all things Bollywood.

The interaction between these two is the liveliest part of the film, with both Hashmi and Inaamulhaq being endearing and likeable, though the latter is sharper. Where ‘Filmistaan’ sags is when it leaves the movies, and tries getting all serious. A couple of gun-toting, always-frowning terrorists, led by Kumud Mishra, are never altogether believable.

It is a universally acknowledged fact that Bollywood’s soft power conquers all, and that Pakistan is as much a fan of our films as any other Shah Rukh-Salman smitten country. And the bumbling duo of Sunny-and-Aftaab could have waved the flag that so many of us secretly wish for. There are a few enjoyable moments in ‘Filmistaan’, but the potential is never fully realized.

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