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Road (2002)

A couple decide to pick up a hitchhiker, but he ends up being a psychotic stalker who puts in them in danger.

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Rajat Mukherjee

Writer:

Rajnish Thakur
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Cast overview:
Manoj Bajpayee ... Babu (as Manoj Bajpai)
Vivek Oberoi ... Arvind Chauhan
Antara Mali ... Lakshmi
Sayaji Shinde ... Inspector Singh
Makrand Deshpande ... Inderpal
Rajpal Yadav ... Bhanwar Singh
Vijay Raaz ... Villager on the road
Ganesh Yadav ... Bungalow watchman
Raj Zutshi ... Kishan bhai (as Rajendranath Zutshi)
Rajnish Thakur Rajnish Thakur ... Hotel receptionist
Mithilesh Chaturvedi Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... Old man
Vidya Phadnis Vidya Phadnis ... Old lady
Ganesh Acharya ... Dancer (song 'Khullam Khulla')
Koena Mitra ... Dancer (song 'Khullam Khulla')
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Arvind Chauhan (Vivek Oberooi) and Lakhsmi (Antara Mali) are in love with each other. Lakhsmi's dad, a senior police inspector, hates Arvind, and so Arvind and Lakshmi decide to elope and get married. On the way they allow Babu, a stranded motorist, to ride with them. After a short while, Babu irritates both of them and they ask him to leave, instead Babu draws a gun, and asks Arvind to get out, and drives away with Lakhsmi. Arvind, with the help of a truck-driver, Inderpal (Makrand Deshpande), catches up with Babu, and Babu runs away. Arvind files a police report, and they proceed on their way. That's when they find Babu in the back of their vehicle, angry and resentful, and this time determined to have his way with them... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Ram Gopal Verma had stated that the film's is inspired from incidents that happen on Indian roads on long distance routes. See more »

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References Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) See more »

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A slick, fast-paced crowd pleaser
30 September 2002 | by aminta78See all my reviews

This is one of the most stylish films in Bollywood's recent history. Yes world, we are now finally a part of the MTV generation, with our piercings and sexy dancing, fast cars and lots of flesh. Road is a slick film, to say the least. The visual style is reminiscent of Wong Kar Wai's works, lending the film a racy mood. And the best part is, these are characters to whom we can relate. As beautiful as Antara Mali is, she does not come across as one of the many light-eyed, light-hair, candy floss castle types that have become icons of Indian romantic cinema.

The initial premise is simple - guy loves girl, girl loves guy, dad hates guy, they elope. But we never see Daddy dear, and there is none of that weepy confrontation between father and daughter that indian films love so much. Lakshmi is a spunky girl. Her words are witty, and she mocks Arvind (Vivek Oberoi) when he says he wants to marry her. Yet they elope and en route from Delhi to Rajasthan, they encounter an unusual hitchhiker.

I won't say more about the plot, because there are some incredibly suspenseful scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat. The music works well as a vehicle for the plot, building the mood instead of coming across as superfluous moments of pretty scenery. There are some delightfully funny moments, that arise naturally from successful 3-dimensional characters. All in all, a great film that should inspire the new generation of Indian filmmakers that there are other genres to be explored. Let's face it, the era of family dramas is coming to an end.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

27 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Таинственный попутчик See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,636, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$136,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,700
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2.35 : 1
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