Filmistaan

Filmistaan

3.8 1,147 Ratings

Directed by : Nitin Kakkar

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plot

In Mumbai, affable Bollywood buff and wannabe actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasizes on becoming a star. However, at every audition he is summarily thrown out. Undeterred, he goes with an American crew to remote areas in Rajasthan to work on a documentary. One day an Islamic terrorist group kidnaps him in...more

Verdict

“Filmistaan's simple and sincere storytelling will leave you touched whereas its humor and clever wit will have you in splits. With stellar performances to boot, this film is a must watch for every Filmistaani, even with the slightly stretched second half!”

Filmistaan Credit & Casting

Sharib Hashmi

Filmistaan Box Office

  • Gross: INR 6.76 cr.
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Filmistaan Audience Review

Bollywood craze at the Indo Pak border

| by Madan Mohan Marwah |
Rated 3.0 / 5
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It is very tempting to overasses this film since it has no established actors, is made on a shoe string budget and tries to spread a message of a universal brotherhood without the usual melodrama. It should find favour with all Bollywood buffs including the reviewers of Desimartini some of whom live and breathe Bollywood.
 
The plot is about a movie crazy Assistant Director who wants desperately to make it as an actor. He is kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists while on one of his assignments as AD shooting a documentary with a foreign crew at the Indo-Pak border. How he he regales the local men and children with his mimicry of Bollywood stars and wins their hearts while in captivity is the rest of the film.The locals start liking him so much that they help to come back to India.
 
If you were impressed with the actor who played SRK's Pakistani roommate in Jab tak hai jaan, you will also like thie same actor Sharib Hashmi in the role of a Bollywood crazy AD who keeps belting out the popular dialogue from Hindi films.His is a performance worth watching. It is a one man show. Now if only the role was a little stronger.
 
The Director Nitin Kakkar has done a good job and is able to maintain the tempo but is guilty of using mimicry excessively in some places which is jarring. It is clearly brought out that Bollywood is a great leveler between the two countries. There are some well written scenes which talk of the similarities of culture, weather and cuisine of both countries.These is a reference to a strong combined cricket dream team, and some discussion on the lines "our Sachin is better than your Afridi" and vice versa. Right from "mere paas maa hai" to "dhai kilo ka haath" to "mard ko dard nahin hota" everything is there.
 
Inspite of all this, the movie does not rise above a certain level and we feel that it could have been better with a stronger script.There is extensive use of hand held camera ( Jarring at times) though the wide expanse is covered well. The end is shot in a typical Bollywood style, maybe a tribute!