Fireflies movie review
Star cast: Rahul Khanna, Arjun Mathur, Monica Dogra, Shivani Ghai
Director : Sabal Singh Shekhawat
An off-Bollywood movie, mostly in English, risks coming off all precious and stilted. ‘Fireflies’ has characters who are comfortable in English (in fact, when a couple of them have spoken in Hindi in previous parts, they’ve sounded as if they would be better off in English), which is a good thing.
But there isn’t really much going in this film, which tells the story of two brothers and a sister, in moody, picturesque flashback. Shiv ( Khanna) and Rana ( Mathur) spin off in different trajectories, and are seen in a ‘relationship’ apiece : the former in a sterile marriage bumping into an old flame ( Ghai), the latter getting close to a girl ( Dogra) who fetches up at his Bangkok bartending gig, and is all ‘f—d up’ .
There are patches which feel well –observed, especially when they are based in Mumbai’s swish spots—pretty people talking about London flats, and well-attired investment bankers in their offices with a view. And, towards the end, when the reason for the bad blood between the brothers becomes apparent, the outlines of a plot become discernible, and you feel something there. I liked Arjun Mathur, an actor who underplays well, and raises the pitch when required : he stands out in the ensemble.
The rest is a nicely-shot rehearsed ramble.