ROAD, MOVIE, presented by Indian Films Company in association with Studio 18, is the first Hindi movie, produced by a Hollywood producer, in partnership with an Indian maker and making its presence felt, much before its International premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 18th September! Indian Films-Studio 18 inked a major deal with global sales giant, Fortissimo Films. The deal marks Fortissimo's first venture in Hindi Cinema.
ROAD, MOVIE is produced by eminent producers Susan B. Landau (whose production/management company Thompson Street Entertainment represents Simon Beaufoy's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and many more) and Ross Katz (the Best Picture Academy Award winner).
ROAD, MOVIE is written and directed by Dev Benegal whose first feature presentation ENGLISH, AUGUST was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and had ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmakers. His second feature presentation SPLIT WIDE OPEN premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.
Shot on a lush canvas, ROAD, MOVIE stars screen sensation Abhay Deol, along with festival circuit favourite, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and renowned Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik, both who gave notable performances in the 2007 British film BRICK LANE.
Vishnu, a restless young man, itches to escape his father's faltering hair oil business.
An old truck beckons, which Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the antique Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain, he discovers he's not merely transporting a battered vehicle, but an old touring cinema.
Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway, a wandering old entertainer and a striking gypsy woman. Together they roam the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious waterlord.
The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in 1001 Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback.
The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but especially for Vishnu who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.
Abhay Deol plays Vishnu Satish Kaushik plays Om Tannishtha Chatterjee plays The Woman Mohammed Faizal plays The Boy