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Last year at MAMI this film won the viewers choice award for Best Film. I had managed to skip it for another film. Finally saw it on DVD.
In recent times this is the third film I remember which talks about Gandhis philosophy and values. The only one which succeeded was Lagey Rahe Munnbhai because it was entertaining and not preachy, like this one. Road to Sangam tells the story of how an ordinary Muslim mechanics life changes when he gets the job to repair an engine which has a connection with the death of Gandhi. Now, as a premise this is an interesting story but most of the time it becomes a boring watch like a bad teacher teaching history. Director Amit Rai makes a credible debut but does not show any spark of brilliance in his narrative style. His screenplay is too verbose and gets preachy at a lot of places. The conflicts dont make it difficult for the lead actor to reach his resolution because of which you dont connect much with his struggle. You are more of a passive viewer. Paresh Rawal literally holds the film with his understated performance. Pawan Malhotra has done superb voice modulation and speaks in a nasal tone which makes his performance much more credible than speaking in his original voice. You dont get to see people experimenting with their dubbing a lot in Hindi cinema.
Final few words: watch it for it is one of the interesting films of last year. Co incidentally I saw it close to birth date of Mahatma Gandhi. So while the television channels air Lagey Raho Munnabhai & Gandhi. You give this one a try!