Director: Shaad Ali Sahgal
A decade ago he took us on an NRI jaunt across Europe with Raj and Simran, Aditya Chopra (writer, producer) has tried to redefine Hindi mainstream cinema again with Bunty Aur Babli. This time, he takes us to the long forgotten, sleepy small towns. This, no doubt, is the most compelling aspect of B&B. It is a sumptuous ride into the North Indian heartland, its quirky characters, colours and concerns and also its wonderful trains and railway platforms.
The film's small towns, Fursatganj and Pankinagar, are not entirely "backward" but those exposed to the world, thanks to television. Don't expect any deep sociological insights in B&B but there's something heart-tugging in the articulation of the ambitions, frustrations and claustrophobia of the small-town youngsters who want to be Tatas and Birlas. So you have Rakesh Trivedi (Abhishek) who doesn't want to work 9 to 5 but...