Dev Benegal's Road, Movie (2009) opens in India to great response - Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik

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Road,Movie PosterMarch 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dev Benegal's ROAD, MOVIE released in cinema halls across India on Mar 5, 2010. The audience response is appreciative.

Delhi born Abhay Deol, a cousin of Sunny, Bobby, Esha and Ahana Deol, is the son of Punjabi movie maker Ajit Deol, who is a brother of veteran Indian cinema hero Dharmendra. Abhay has established himself as an acclaimed actor in parallel cinema and indie movies, with powerful performances in Dev D (DVD Release), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (buy DVD online) and Manorama Six Feet Under (DVD). In Dev Benegal's movie with the self-referential title "Road, Movie" Abhay plays the role of a young man disgruntled by his bleak future prospects decides to drive long-distance across Indian back roads in a barely functional truck, giving rides to a myriad of interesting characters. Official Synopsis: Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a restless young man, itches to escape his father's faltering hair oil business.

An old truck beckons, which Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the antique Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain of desert India, he discovers he’s not merely transporting a battered vehicle but an old touring cinema.

Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a striking gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee - Brick Lane). Together they roam the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious waterlord.

The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year-old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in 1001 Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback.

The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but especially for Vishnu who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.

Also starring in Road, Movie are Tannishtha Chatterjee and Satish Kaushik, of the graceful and tender Brick Lane (2007) [DVD] fame.

Director Dev Benegal with producers Susan B. Landau and Ross Katz (Lost in Translation [DVD], In The Bedroom [DVD]) have captured some of the fantastic grandeur of the Indian landscape, its people and culture in a unique concept movie. This is the third film by Benegal.

Road, Movie premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2009. Watch the free Making of Road, Movie video via NDTV Online:

Road, Movie - Cast, Crew and Credits:
Title :             Road, Movie
Release Date :           5 March 2010
Banner :           Studio 18, August Entertainment Private Limited, Indian Film Company
Producer :           Ross Katz, Susan B. Landau
Executive Producer :           Sanjay Ray, Sopan Muller, Fred Berger, Maulik C Mehta, Vandana Malik
Co-Producer :           Sanjay Ray, Sopan Muller, Fred Berger, Maulik C Mehta, Vandana Malik
Director :           Dev Benegal
Cast :           Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Mohammed Faisal Usmani, Virendra Saxena, Yashpal Sharma
Music Director :           Michael Brook
Cinematographer :           Michel Amathieu
Story Writer :           Dev Benegal
Screenplay Writer :           Dev Benegal
Editor :           Yaniv Dabach
Costume Designer :           Amba Sanyal
Sound Designer :           Vikram Joglekar

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