CityLights Movie Review: Must Not be Missed

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The city sucks. Furthermore it sucks in the uninitiated, gobbles up the pure wholesale, reduces the individual`s conscience. In the event that you happen to be one of the large number of faceless vagrants, you are in for a truly tiresome time, Zee News reports. Citylights is Hansal Mehta`s tribute to the undetectable individuals, those individuals populating the asphalts we regularly see from our moving autos. Mehta zooms in on the life of one such gang. He sucks us into their lives with such force and ardor that we never can manage ourselves to leave their reality actually when their lives get to be terribly destructive. Citylights secretes a heart expansive enough to break before our eyes. As Deepak Singh (Rajkumar Rao, that non-on-screen character second to none), his wife Rakhi (Patralekha) and little girl migrate from their little universe in Rajasthan to Mumbai, we watch in desensitized hush their launch into the universe of bafflement and catastrophe.

As the blissful little family`s world falls to pieces, Mehta`s Polaroid catches them in unadorned stark shades. Citylights shoots its adventure of the ruthless savagery of the cement wilderness with an openness that abandons us flummoxed and solidified. The plot as it thickens in the second half, doesn`t permit any breathing room for diversions. The protagonist`s venture into the heart of murkiness is prompt, and irreversible. What Mehta does is to reveal to us the casualty and conclusiveness of lives push into the insides of the city.

Not that Mumbai is indicated to completely need in consideration and sympathy. Deepak and his wife experience great individuals as well. It`s not the individuals who are insensitive. It`s the day by day granulate that makes them egotistical and inhumane. Mehta`s tribute to the callous city is suffused in an existed in torment. Just an artiste who has endured the direct embarrassment of dismissal and trade off could do the arrangement, for example, the one where Rakhi tryouts for a bar girl`s work. Mehta improves such stark minutes with a sharp and thorough trustworthiness.

In that scene, Pratilekha strips herself of pride. She`s a disclosure. At the same time then so is the performer (Vinod Rawat) who plays the bar manager. In the event that she encapsulates the exploitative underbelly of the city, he excessively is a casualty of a framework that flourishes with abuse. Moving totally far from the first material (Sean Ellis` Metro Manila), Hansal Mehta built a vertiginous winding of devastation and disheartening. It is not simple to watch predetermination annihilate a honest family`s straightforward will to survive.

But then if there`s so much savagery happening all around to the individuals who know no preferable life over the particular case that the city doles out to them, there are additionally blasts of compassion from the most surprising spots.


The landing of the character played by the precise fulfilled performing artist Manav Kaul indicators the “thriller” development of the plot. Inexplicably Mehta never loses grasp of the film`s exacerbated enthusiastic remainder. He outlines the vagrant family`s jagged way to fate and pulverization with a lethal inescapability. The film utilizes characteristic sounds and coincidental pictures from consistently life to permeate an instinctive vividness and imperativeness to commonplace encounters.

Take a succession like the one where, at the beginning, Deepak and his wife are tricked by fake house specialists. Here, as in different areas of the account, the exploited person and the culprit of trickery are both indicated without preference. An amazing balance goes through the ethical fiber of the film. Ritesh Shah`s delicate script doesn`t search for miscreants to make his heroes look thoughtful.

Mehta could have maintained a strategic distance from the one end to the other melodies out of sight. Despite the fact that the music is suggestive, it has a tendency to exaggerate its invite. This is film that doesn`t rely on upon frills for impact. Most unadorned being the performers. Rao`s stark execution is no execution whatsoever. To call what he does an “execution” is an affront to what he does to his character. Much the same as the city that swallows the bankrupted transient, he vanishes into his character, much like Balraj Sahni in Bimal Roy`s “Do Bigha Zameen”, the exemplary story of the homeless vagrant to which Mehta`s frequenting adventure of the outrage of neediness owes passionate fidelity. Patralekha with her frequented eyes and suggestive agony lashed voice is the find of the year.

The epic story of the invisible` family`s battle to get by in the city gets its energy and quality from the consistent merger of body and soul that proofreader Apurva Asrani and sound planner Mandar Kulkarni accomplish in the physical and passionate structure of the plot. Citylights would stay with me for quite a while. Grasping, great and life-changing, it is a shattering, all around beneficial experience.

Dibyendu Paul

Dibyendu Paul is the Developer and owner of, he is working with Nokia Networks. Besides his hectic schedule he likes writing about Cinema, Photography, Travel and art; mostly finer aspects of life.

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