Life in a Metro (2007)

This is a refreshingly mature film about life, love, disappointment, responsibility and all those things that make us happy and sad. And, unlike most attempts at this before it, the movie manages to juggle a large cast of characters AND give them dimension and substance so that you actually care about what happens to them (see Salaam-E-Ishq for contrast).

Konkona Sen Sharma and Irfan Khan showed their comedy chops, and their story unfolded with a lot of sweetness and humor. A great scene had Irrfan teaching the buttoned-up Konkona some primal scream therapy. I would love to see them paired up again. Sharman Joshi was a revelation to me; I had never seen him before* and found myself rooting for his geeky entrepreneurial character. I would bet that he becomes a very versatile actor. In fact, I found myself rooting for almost everyone in this movie — the notable exception being Kay Kay Menon’s cheating, hypocritical husband (which only means that Kay Kay’s acting was v.v. good). Shilpa Shetty was very good as his long-suffering wife**. I hope she continues to get good roles like this and Phir Milenge. I imagine that not many people could NOT find at least one of these characters to relate to.

It was also a joy to see Dharmendra and the gorgeous Nafisa Ali, in a sweet twilight-years love story. Dharmendra’s entrance was like seeing an old familiar friend in an unexpected place. His presence added more warmth to an already heart-warming film.

The other great character in this movie was Mumbai itself during the monsoons. Beautifully photographed and atmospheric, perfectly suited to the tone of the movie: I wished I were there standing on a terrace overlooking the city drenched in rain. The musical interludes jarred me a little as they appeared out of nowhere suddenly and felt like an interruption, although the soundtrack is very nice listening on its own.

I would show this movie even to my most stubbornly “anti-Bollywood” friends.

*Well, actually, I discover that I have, in “Rang De Basanti” which maybe validates my next sentence, because I don’t remember him in it
**Although long-suffering self-sacrificing Indian wives have long gotten on my last good nerve

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9 Comments to “Life in a Metro (2007)”

  1. I also fully approve of your very personal views of things (**) Amazon has this movie on sale so I may order it this week…

  2. Hi, Memsaab! I found your blog off a link on Shweta’s website, and I’m so glad I did! Unlike you, I tend to lean towards the more commercial, well-liked films, and want to branch out to the more unique films that nobody pays attention to for my own blog. I’ll be linking you to my blog and will visit here often…seems like the perfect place to find interesting stuff!

    Anyways, I have this movie but haven’t watched it yet…Now I’m more excited to. Salaam-E-Ishq was a nice concept but a big dissapointment…If this one delivers I would be very happy!

  3. Hi Nida, welcome :-) Let me know what you think of Metro, I really think it was one of the best films last year. Salaam-E-Ishq had its moments, but it was nothing like this one.

  4. I really like Konkona Sen Sharma so I’ve been debating whether or not to watch this even though it looks kind of like a downer. (I’m so lame; I really like happy endings to my own cinematic detriment.)

  5. Hey, so do I. There’s nothing I hate more than a sad ending. It will ruin the film for me. This one doesn’t end too sadly for most of them though:-)

  6. The Best part of this movie is its Lyrics…..

    “In dino dil mera …mujh se yeh keh raha….Tuuuu jee le jara….Tuuuu khwab saza….hai tujhe bhi ijjazat ….kar le tu bhi mohabbat…”

    And…

    “dil khudgarz hai…fisla hai yeh phir haath seee…….kal uska raha …ab hai tera is raat seee….”

    did u understand it memsaab…..let me get ur reply on this.

    or other wise i’ll expalin this 2u.

  7. Good review as usual Mesaab. This was truly a good movie.

    I liked KK Sharma and Irfan’s roles. I have seen almost all movies of Konkona Sen (except Page 3) and I have never been disappointed with her acting or choice of roles.

    As Jaspal Singh has rightly said the hall mark of this movie are the lovely songs.

  8. Why no screencaps, Greta? Just curious to know….

  9. No mention of how Sharman’s story is a rip-off of The Apartment starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McLaine? I don’t like Shilpa at all-and her role was annoying…dishonest characterization.

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