Life in a... Metro (2007)

Life in a... Metro (2007)





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A compelling snapshot of the lives and loves of early-21st Century Dubai dwellers takes viewers on an emotional journey through the heart of the city in director Anurag Basu's earnest urban drama. Rahul (Sharman Joshi) is a call center executive who silently pines for his beautiful boss Neha, but the secret to Neha's fast success is the furtive romance she has been having with her own boss - an unhappily married professional named Ranjeet. Ranjeet has grown bored with his marriage to the smart and beautiful Shikha, and despite the fact that the couple has a six year-old son Ranjeet is willing to risk it all to shower Neha with lavish gifts and enticing opportunities. Back in school, Shikha was a better student than Ranjeet, but when the couple had a son she put her professional aspirations aside in order to care for the child. These days Shikha, too, has grown bored with her marriage, and soon falls into the arms of divorced artist Akash despite the pride she has taken in her vow to always remain faithful. In another part of town, Shikha's aunt Vaijanti bides her time in an old age home. When Vaijanti's childhood sweetheart Amol returns to India after forty years in exile to spend his remaining years with her, old love blossoms anew. Shikha's sister and Neha's roommate Shruti is a thirty-something radio producer named Shruti who has fallen hard for radio talent Wishy K. Though she has recently met marriage-minded Debu though a matrimonial-oriented website, she is bored by his traditional ways and soon enters into a heated affair with the charismatic Wishy K. As Rahul realizes the potential for profit and advancement in lending the key to his vacationing uncle's apartment to co-workers seeking to have discreet flings, Neha approaches Ranjeet about making a true commitment. Carelessly snubbed and insulted by her high-powered lover, Neha attempts suicide in Rahul's uncle's apartment. Later, when Rahul discovers Neha in the love nest and nurses her back to health, the pair begins to form a tenuous bond.
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as Amol
Konkona Sen Sharma
as Shruti Ghosh
Kay Kay Menon
as Ranjeet Kapoor
Shilpa Shetty
as Shikha Kapoor
Irrfan Khan
as Monty
Shiney Ahuja
as Akash Sharma
Nafisa Ali
as Shivani
Manoj Pahwa
as Rahul's neighbor
Vicky Ahuja
as Gupta, Rahul's boss
Gautam Kapoor
as Vishy K.
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Critic Reviews for Life in a... Metro

All Critics (3)


Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Daily Mirror (UK)

Strong performances from the core cast, a strong emotional thread and good cinematography make for an engaging film, though it's not groundbreaking cinema by any means.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007

Fails on an entertainment level.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007

Audience Reviews for Life in a... Metro


I love Indian movies specially the ones that are dramatic and moving. This movie addresses many real life issues. For the most part the acting and filming is good. I really really think it was in poor taste to continually show the singing group. The first 13 minutes of the movie featured this singing sensation which gave away a feeling of a music video. It was confusing and not effective. If they would have left this out- I might have been able to sit through the whole thing.

Marlyn Curry
Marlyn Curry

Another great urban Indian film - and for once it's not a Madhur Bhandarkar product. Though it's common enough to make an 'interconnected paths in a metropolis' film - there must have been hundreds already since Altman's original Short Cuts - this is still a refreshingly new for its treatment of love in late modern India. A very sensual scene with Shilpa Shetty and Shiney Ahuja (I can't believe I would ever write that). I confess I can excuse the neon-lit scene and all the cliched overtones because Shilpa's flat tummy made up for a lot. Everything is great, sure - but can Indian directors please tone down the use of a background score? Great background music never becomes noticeable, just sets the tone. The film and the actors are key, Anurag Basu, not the huge, swelling chords you've poured all over each dramatic scene. Otherwise, good job.

Arin D
Arin D

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