In today's times Give a person a digital camera and he can become a filmmaker. In India there are so many short films floating around on the internet that it would take an exhausting curative exercise to select the best from the lot.
Amongst all this Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra and Chakri Toleti embark on an adventure of discovering new filmmakers through this experimental film called The Last Act.
Though it claims to be India's first collaborative feature I think last year's Project 11 was the first one to attempt something like this.
The film takes off from a plot written by Anurag Kashyap which is about a mutilated dead body found with 12 clues on it. 12 directors from across India were chosen to make 12 short films that would connect the dots and make sense of it as a full length feature film.
Starting off with Mumbai the film travels to Ghazibad,Kolkata, Delhi, Kalyan, Pune, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Hisar, Lucknow,Chennai and Gwalior.
Out of the 12 short stories the ones set in Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Kalyan and Pune are quirky and interesting. The Pune and Kolkata act stands out amongst them and the actor in the Pune act leaves a strong impact. The Pune act also has the best humour in the film.
The film derails in the 2nd half. The Chandigarh act is the worst amongst the entire lot in the 2nd half. It felt that either the director is highly inspired or was giving his personal tribute to Anurag's No Smoking. Post that every act starts crumbling under the impressive acts put up in the 1st half.
By the end the film became loaded with too much information and stories to handle and retain. With 4 acts less it could have been a tighter and better film.
Even though it doesn't work as a whole there is a lot going for it in parts.
Most of the directors show talent within the limited means but I would like to see more of the ones who directed the Kolkata and Pune act.
Word of mouth - The Last Act is an interesting experiment that needs to be seen. It should be aired on T.V. as a miniseries
Rating - *** (above average)
Ticket Meter - worth 150 bucks