Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Starring: Ali Fazal, Ashutosh Rana, Shraddha Srinath, Sanjay Mishra
Written by: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kamal Pandey
MILAN TALKIES is the story of two lovers in a small town. The film is based in the year 2010, in Allahabad, and our protagonist is Anu Sharma (Ali Fazal), who is a small time filmmaker and dreams of becoming a big director someday. Besides this, he also runs a gang who sell exam papers and help students cheat in exams. One day, Maithili (Shraddha Sainath) approaches him for the same as she needs to pass the exams as well, as it is a prerequisite by her future in laws before she can marry. Anu helps her out but he also falls in love with her. His racket gets exposed but still he goes out of his way to help her out. Maithali also falls in love with him slowly. They start hanging out in the projector room of a single screen theater Milan Talkies, since Anu is friends with the projector guy, Usman bhai (Sanjay Mishra). Anu wants his father (Tigmanshu Dhulia) to talk to Maithali’s father Janardhanan (Ashutosh Rana) for her hand in marriage but Janardhan is a priest who is quite conservative and he detests the film industry and those who work in it, and hence is against Anu and Maithali’s relationship. With no other option in sight, they elope. But their plans are foiled as Janardhan finds out. He takes the help of local goon Guru Panda (Sikandar Kher) to catch them. He stops Maithali and fires a shot at Anu but he escapes. Guru gets her back but her fiance to be refuses to marry her after the whole elopement episode. Guru then agrees to get married to her. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
MILAN TALKIES’s story is predictable and something that we have seen before in Bollywood so many times. It is filled with clichés just repacked in a different way. With a run time of 2 hours and 20 mins the film feels a tad bit long especially when you’ve seen it all before.
Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by Hari Vedantam is okay. Editing by Praveen Angre is average and could have been a lot better. The script felt weak and a little amateur. The production design was okay. Music is not chartbuster worthy. The action was realistic.
Performances from the actors were good. They have actually helped keep the film up. Ali Fazal is great and he seems to be in a good form. Shraddha Srinath is fine and gives a good performance. Ashutosh Rana is good as always. Sanjay Mishra is great. Sikandar Kher is decent. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia has disappointed with this film. There are quite a few loopholes that he doesn’t address, besides making a seen before film. He does manage to get good performances out of his actors though.
At the box-office
The film has opened to a lukewarm response and will find going though at the ticket windows.