Film: Filmistaan

Director: Nitin Kakkar

Star Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Innamulhaq, Kumud Mishra, Gopal Datt

With the overdose of Bollywood, Kakkar emerges with a cross-border plot that is high on emotions and low on tripe and homilies. This satirical comedy promises no dull moment for the audience.

The film has won many awards on prestigious forums including 2012 60th National Film Awards (India), 2012 Busan International Film Festival (South Korea), 2012 International Film Festival of Kerala (India), 2012 Delhi International Film Festival (India), 2013 Jaipur International Film Festival (India) and 2013 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (Germany).

Storyline: The story revolves around Sunny (Sharib Hashmi), a Mumbai based assistant director, who is a Bollywood buff and wishes to become the heart-throb star of tinsel town. Unfortunately, nothing comes positive in his way as he gets a big ‘no’ at every audition. Undeterred by his bad phase, one day he moves to Rajasthan to work with an American crew on a documentary. A terrorist group intending to kidnap the Americans mistakenly captures him. He's held hostage in Pakistan where he befriends Aftab (Innamulhaq), who makes a living out of selling pirated Bollywood movies. How the two Bollywood maniacs flourish their filmy journey and deal with the terrorists in their filmy andaaz is how the story progresses.

Review: Director Nitin Kakkar is fresh in his vision and enchanting in his execution. Filmistaan is a complete ‘filmy’ movie as presence of Bollywood can be felt throughout. All the masala of Bollywood, i.e songs, dialogues and stories, make this cross-border film special.

Hats off to the director!!! Kakkar has executed the story very intelligently so that it never pounds out a pro-Pakistani message. Moreover, not even for a moment he has tilted the socio-political balance between the two neighboring countries.

He has put many sequences where all time hit movies of Bollywood are shown. He tries to create a mutual Bollywood-inspired solidarity between the two warring nations. With films like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge’, the director constructs a case for cross-border friendship without tripping over in an emotional slush.

The two actors Sharib Hashmi and Innamulhaq, who play the Indian and Pakistani respectively, impress with their superlative acts. Their emphatic characters express the oneness of a cultural kinship effortlessly. The actors have not slipped up even once in their interactive zone. This makes them simply phenomenal on their parts.

A quirky charmer ‘Filmistaan’ has already won many accolades prior to its release. This incredible attempt of first-time director Nitin Kakkar is a must watch for the comedy lovers.


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