Film: The Lift Boy
Cast: Moin Khan, Nyla Masood, Saagar Kale, Aneesha Shah, Damian D’souza, Neha Bam
Director: Jonathan Augustine
Rating: * * ½
A simplistic storyline coupled with a gratuitous reward at the end makes this rather realistic coming-of-age story seem a little trifling. Lift man Krishna (Saagar Kale) having taken ill suddenly, co-opts his engineering drop-out son, Raju (Moin Khan) to continue in his position, as Galaxy Apartments lift-boy. The rather rash Raju, who is reluctant at first, changes his mindset once he encounters the many interesting characters resident in the building. Sean (Damian D’souza) his best friend, Maureen D’souza (Nyla Masood) the widowed childless owner of the building, Princess (Aneesha Shah) a pretty teen whose ambitious ex-model Mom wants to turn her into a star, and others have a major influence on his life – beyond the 21 days he operates the lift there.
The decently paced narrative stutters when brief moments of meaningless dialogue and forced humour are plied on in an attempt to alleviate the monotony. There are a few clichés in the storyline but they are not necessarily dampeners. Raju’s disinclination towards engineering because of not being allowed to pursue arts is understandable and the childless widow’s compassion driven efforts to nurture Raju’s smartness into one that can help him do well in life is also believable.
There may not be much happening here but the director Jonathan Augustine’s attempt to make a compassionate outlook and adaptability the main theme rings true. Also the performances especially by Nyla Masood, Moin Khan, Saagar Kale and Neha Bam standout as studied and effective. The art direction, production values, camerawork, and editing are spiffy enough. This may not be a meaningful film but its definitely a fairly engaging and likeable one!