Cast: Varun Thakur, Eden Shyodhi, Heerok Das, Teeshay Shah
Directors: Satavisha(Tina) Bose and Cyrus Khambhata
Rating: * ½
The title means ‘Everybody gets screwed here’ and it’s entirely true in intent and content. Supposedly an allegory on the journey of life, especially when one feels short-changed or victimized. This no-brainer is fashioned around English-Hindi speaking urban youth given to drugs and pseudo-cult music, who speak in loud intonations and have little connect with a ‘real’ world outside their own self-inflated egos.
The director duo who have also co-written the screenplay full of urban-cool expletive laden verbosity that sounds alien in an over-wrought incidental environment that has no meaning to impart and even less to experience. If at all this was an enjoyable exercise, it would have been for the cast while donning their flaky onscreen personas and gallivanting along the countryside in an effort to fashion this road-trip gone awry.
The story( if you would like to call it that) opens with Asian Kesang(Eden Shyodhi) and friend, a navy officer, Bharat(Varun Thakur) discussing about 9/11 and expressing diverse viewpoints. They are on their way to a weekend birthday party of Kesang’s rich ex-boyfriend Shanti(Teeshay Shah) and are driven by Chandu(Heerok Das),who works in kesang’s father’s Tibetan restaurant.
En-route to their destination they are waylaid by robbers, two men on a bike and their accomplice who get the trio of travelers drugged, steal all their valuables, and leave them for dead in the middle of a forest range somewhere in interior Maharashtra. When the trio come to their senses it’s already too late. they find themselves distrusting Chandu and totally lost in the dark of night. All their illogical, pent-up angst, both imagined and perceived, comes to the fore before they establish contact with Shanti and get back to civilization- where another set of weird interactions await.
There’s not much to the story and there’s even less weight in the dialogues. The characters all sound like petulant self-seeking individuals lost in their own self-importance and fake sentiment. There’s an effort to shore the weak scripting with pseudo-verse and music that sounds like a bad imitation of sixties rock but it fails to impart any affect. The performances are stilted at best. No one looks comfortable in the skin of the characters they assay. Suresh Kumar Rajan’s cinematography manages to capture the beauty of the region but fails at creating vivid atmosphere for the trip that appears to be going nowhere. The film of course, stays true to it’s title. Everybody does get screwed here-including you!