Island City | Movie Review 04 Sep 2016   746


Star Cast : Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Ashwin Mushran, Sameer Kochhar
Directed by : Ruchika Oberoi
Genre : Drama
Duration : 1 hour 51 minutes

An anthology of three loosely connected stories set in Mumbai, the tragicomedy is a satirical take on keeping up with the unforgiving pace, work culture and unyielding demands of the maximum city.

Director Ruchika Oberoi’s debut film is a sure-handed tale of three tenuously connected characters contending with themselves and with those around them in a bustling but unsettlingly impersonal Mumbai.

Suyash Chaturvedi (Vinay Pathak), a diffident, reserved and lonesome office worker, careens over the edge when the oppressive company that he works for sends him out to do something that he has never done – have fun.

Sarita Joshi (Amruta Subhash), a middle class Maharashtrian homemaker in a household where television is a strict no-no, seeks excitement in a ridiculously mushy soap opera even as her husband lies comatose in a hospital.

Aarti Patel (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a shy, reticent, glum Gujarati working girl in a relationship with a brash, foul-mouthed car mechanic (Chandan Roy Sanyal), searches for affection in an airless universe that has been sucked dry of genuine emotion.

Island City, which fetched Ruchika Oberoi the Venice Film Festival’s FEDORA Prize for Best Young Director last year.

Overall, Island City is weirdly funny, sarcastic and tragic. This one deserves to be watched for its riveting take on love, longing and loneliness.

Critics Review/Rating

Critics Rating URL
Times Of India (TOI) 3.5 Read full review
Hindustan Times (HT) 3.5 Read full review
NDTV Movies 4.0 Read full review
News 18 3.0 Read full review
The Indian Express 2.5 Read full review
India Today 4.5 Read full review

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