Monday, August 18, 2008


I have lauded several films(Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa being the latest) for having interesting screenplays that put fresh spins on familiar stories. But occasionally, a movie does come along to surprise us with a unique, fantastic story. Mithya is one such film.

The film starts off like Billa as a poor, struggling actor is forced by a gang of criminals to take the place of the head of a rival gang(who they have already killed). But once we settle down, expecting this familiar story to play out in expected ways, a sudden, completely unexpected plot point takes the story in a brand new direction. The development leads to some delicious possibilities that have been exploited fully by the screenplay and adds a sense of unpredictability to pretty much every scene.

Mithya refuses to be slotted in any particular genre. At various points, shows signs of turning into a comedy(as Ranvir acts as the gangster), a thriller(as the rival gangs clash), a romance(as Ranvir and Neha share their stories) and even a tear-jerker(as Ranvir's wife and kids enter the picture). But it never lingers in any of these and always manages to take a turn that surprises us. The film's tone changes constantly as the story traverses all these genres too.

The film moves inexorably towards a conclusion that is difficult to accept but perfectly logical. With the memory of a previous conversation, an oft-used plot device that has never been used in a better fashion and a single word, it crafts a finale that is unforgettable.


At 12:02 PM, Blogger Bart said...

I too saw this movie recently as brangan had mentioned it as the movie of the year etc. Felt it was good. But somehow, the movie never "wow"ed me. I didn't sympathize with any of the characters much and hence felt indifferent at the climax as well.
But nevertheless, many new thoughts sprinkled throughout and a well made movie. Probably this movie could be taken as a serious movie makers take on "Don" :) (ofcourse, this movie too had some so-so comedy etc like mainstream movies do in the first half).

At 12:45 PM, Blogger S said...

Sounds like an interesting movie,will try and watch it sometime:)

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bart, really? ranvir really earned my sympathy. his situation was so sad and so the climax really hit hard :)

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

This film apart from Aamir won the best acclaim from critics yet did not do that well at the B.O:(

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the movie proved to be a letdown for me. I had put it on my wish list a while back. Didn't get a copy at the local video rentals. Finally added it to my queue on NetFlix. Just when the movie was to be shipped, NetFlix had their shipping issues and the movie reached me a week late. You can imagine the hype I've created for the movie and why I delegated it to a 'letdown' status. I did see the movie eventually and it was a good movie but nothing more than that. Ranvir Shorey has been featuring in most of the good Hindi films I've seen in the last couple of years.
Rajat Kapoor - Vinay Pathak - Ranvir Shorey - they are proving to be a good team.

At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

spoiler alert

I didn't get this about the movie. Can somebody throw some light?

Why did the real Don's brother let off Ranvir? Since he knew who sent Ranvir, couldn't he have just killed him off?

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

**Spoiler alert**

anon, there is a dialogue in the movie where this is explained. Basically, the don's mom asked that he be left alive since he looks like her son (the real Don.) Plus, he's just a 2-bit actor and harmless, so the gang doesn't find a need to kill him.



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