Mithya: A Quasi Tragic Thriller

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Name of Movie: Mithya
Director: Rajat Kapoor
Producer: Panman Mottion Pictures
Screenplay: Rajat Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla
Story: Rajat Kapoor
Starring: Ranvir Sheroy, Naseruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak
Watchable % : 80%

Jodhaa Aknar

“Mithya” is the one that appears to be Sat (the existent – the past, present, and future) at first sight, but is really Asat (the non-existent). Yeh main nahin keh raha hoon; yeh Bhagvad Gita main likha hain.“Mithya” is the third offering of Rajat Kapoor whose previous ventures were the unconventional, but laudable “Raghu Romeo” and “Mixed Doubles”. Here he teams up with Saurabh Shukla for the Screenplay.

There have been plenty of Hindi movies which have been focusing on the heady rise and fall of Dons, their lives, their molls, their pet peeves and their eccentricities. But there have been very few movies that have been focusing on the fate of small fry who are used as pawns by the kingpins. Mithya is one movie that attempts to weave a story around one such pawn.

The movie traces the life of VK (Ranvir Shorey), a wannabe actor, who struggles even to get a decent role as an extra. He goes through the grind by begging for work on a daily basis, sucking up role coordinators, bargaining with the friendly wine shop owner and losing temper in midst of all this. But he’s never disheartened and is always full of hope that his talent will be noticed someday and he’ll gain fame. As fate would have it, he does get noticed finally. Only it’s not a producer who notices, but it’s a gang that’s headed by Shetty (Saurabh Shukla) and Gawde (Naseruddin Shah). Instead of gaining fame, his life turns upside down forever and ever after that.

The first half has its share of gags and laughs which range from witty to hilarious. The presence of cronies Ram (Vinay Pathak) and Sham only elevates the hilarious situation that VK finds himself in. The story is built up very nicely and the ending of the first half does leave you gasping for more. The second half of the film in contrast is more somber and a tad serious. As VK’s life seems to spiral more and more out of control you can’t help but feel sorry for the sad situation that he unwittingly and unknowingly finds himself in.

The movie’s hero without any doubt is definitely the screenplay of the movie. The narrative’s pretty smooth and there’s hardly any loose end in the entire movie. The screenplay has quite a few twists that you won’t be able predict but none of the twists seems to be convoluted or forced. The editing and cinematography is top-notch. The movie is quite well paced and picks up pace big time in the second half. The background music is above par and does a wonderful job in setting up
the mood of the scenes. Some of the music strangely reminded me of Requiem for a Dream. Co-incidentally even in that movie the protagonists find themselves in a situation which has no outlet what so ever.

Ranvir Shorey as VK turns up with a first class performance as a struggling actor who effortlessly spews out “To Be or Not To Be” in Hindi. The role seemed to be tailor made for him and he does full justice to the character. He carries the film in his shoulders quite well. Hope to see him in more lead roles. Neha Dhupia as his love interest does a decent job. Naseruddin Shah, Vinay Pathak, Saurabh Shukla, Harsh Chaya – all turn up in important character roles and deliver commendable performances.

The director Rajat Kapoor does a fine job in expounding a tad intricate screenplay which has been co-authored by him. The scale and canvass of this movie is much larger than his earlier movies but he pulls it off quite well. All the actors admirably support him to make the movie all the more believable. The movie is replete with his quirky sense of humour which ensures that there’s hardly any dull moment in the narrative. A special mention must be made of Planman Motion Pictures who have produced the movie. Here’s wishing that more such movies will come out of their stable. (NB: Please don’t give us more “Rok Sako Toh Rok Loh”)

A must watch movie for its unconventional treatment; the casting of proper actors in all the roles; and above all watch it for finally seeing a movie that does not succumb to the so called market-diktats.


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