Mithya – Movie Review
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Mithya is a dark film with dark humour. Everyone is saying it’s a comedy, but it certainly isn’t a rip-roaring comedy and it certainly isn’t funny throughout. It’s got funny parts, particularly in the first half, but most of the movie is serious. Actually I hardly found it funny but maybe it’s because I have a different sense of humour!
The story is about VK (Ranvir Shorey), a struggling actor in filmdom. The movie starts off with VK stumbling from one insignificant role to another barely able to pay his bills. Shorey’s acting is amazing. We can easily empathize with VK, a desperate, innocent, lovable, if slightly inept actor. I am not sure whether Shorey is good at comedy though. Wonder if that was why I didn’t find the movie too funny!
We wonder where the story is going, and then…wham! By being in the wrong place at the wrong time VK’s life takes a twist. Unexpected violent events catapult him into another world – a world of guns, terror and death. From then on it’s all action and some of it is hilarious. The movie strongly reminds one of a Bollywood blockbuster but if I tell you which one, you will guess the story. Suffice to say that the subject that Mithya tackles is not all that original but despite that the story has a fresh feel and there are surprises in store. This is a kind of movie you’ll enjoy best if you know as little as possible about it.
Neha Dhupia plays an important role in this film but her acting was very average. I think I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t see this actor on the screen again. Naseerudin Shah slips effortlessly into his role and as for Vinay Pathak, he was brilliant. He shines even in the small role that he has.
All in all, the movie has suspense and plenty of surprises in store. It’s one of those low budget films with a real story and real acting. It’s one of those films which shows the maturing of Bollywood. But no, this doesn’t mean the story is believable or it doesn’t have some strange coincidences! But the performances are subdued, the locales realistic and the story has a realistic end as well. The movie was stretched a little, it could have easily ended 20 minutes earlier (it’s a 100 minute film) but if you want a taste of the new Bollywood, then go for it. It’s not classy mind you, but it’s good.
Interestingly, this movie is a search for one’s identity, well, that is what Kapoor said he was trying to convey and I think he succeeded. The movie has layers and it’s as deep as you want it to be.
But if you are looking for comedy or even a light movie without tension, this movie could be a mistake.
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