M Cream – Completely sloshed and fanciful

Cast: Imaad Shah , Raaghav Chanana, Ira Dubey, Lushin Dubey, Tom Alter, Barry John, Auritra Ghosh

Director: Agneya Singh

Rating: * *

Runtime: 115 mins 

The narrative opens at a party in a farm house in the outskirts of Delhi. We are introduced to four characters here, Photo journalist Niz (Raaghav Chanana) and rich spoilt brat Meghna a.k.a Meggie (Auritra Ghosh) are lovers while the other two Figs a.k.a Figaro (Imaad Shah) yet to decide on a career goal while continuously sloshed and high on weed  and Jayshree Bose (Ira Dubey) a budding activist type, have just met, and have taken to shooting blanks at each other. A day later the  four of them set out on a trip to Dharamshala for Jayshree and Niz have to complete and assignment there and the other two tag along for the promise of the ultimate high – a type of weed that’s found only in a fantasy Himalayan kingdom symbolic of the junkie’s total immersion in self-deception)  that most people wouldn’ t even try finding.

So a road trip appears quite convenient in the scheme of things, lots of alcohol and drugs and Meghna’s jeep and money come right in handy. After spending a bit of time completing the work they came to do, Jayshree gets sidetracked by her interest in revered writer/journalist Marie Satre’s fight to save the forests of  the Himachal from land grabbers aiming to despoil the virgin charm of the hill country. So while Niz and Meghna are indulging in PDA, Jayshree and Figs, who appear to be getting quite close, veer off to get involved with Marie Satre’s activism.

But the face-off with the cops and celeb activist types is not pretty and both of them come away from the experience with mixed feelings. The four then set out for their fanciful destination, lose their way in the forests and come across a hippie encampment. They partake in the hedonism there before they split up and take their own paths to a surreal realization.

It doesn’t appear as if Agneya Singh had any clear cut direction in mind for the so-called story. The pace is slow- involving at first but soon tending to meaningless. There’s really no story to tell neither is there any profound truth hidden in the narrative that merely meanders along aimlessly much like the four principle characters in the film do. The dialogue between characters is pretty much pedestrian.  The cinematography and the performances are the only two aspects of this film that are bearable. All four actors behave naturally and give a good account of their skills. By the time you leave the theatre you are bound to feel a little dazed and unsteady. All that talk and sequences of alcohol and drug abuse can get to your head too!

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