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Prague Movie Review: PRAGUE is askew

Director :  Ashish R. Shukla
Music :  Atif Afzal
Lyrics :  Varun Grover
Starring :  Chandan Roy Sanyal, Elena Kazan, Arfi Lamba and Mayank Kumar

September 28, 2013 10:42:22 AM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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PRAGUE is all played in the mind. What director Ashish R Shukla is trying to do is replicate A BEAUTIFUL MIND. While that Ron Howard directed film, beautifully portrayed the mind of John Nash played by Russell Crowe, PRAGUE is askew.

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A BEAUTIFUL MIND took you on a journey and you were actually John Nash for most part of the movie until you understood what was actually happening out there on screen.

PRAGUE is more like NO SMOKING.

Shukla gets into layers and layers of links to ultimately pull off the wool from over your eyes. To be fair to him, the psychological aspect is quite well-defined in bits. But what was required was for him to get a complete grip on the mind of his principal character played by Chandan Roy Sanyal.

An architect, Chandan is on a trip to Prague on an assignment. There, he meets with Elena who falls in love with him. But Chandan has come to Prague with a heavy baggage from India. There is his friend Arfi, and another who he idolizes, Gulshan. There is also a failed romance weighing down on him.

A few months into Prague, as his work intensifies, so does his romance with Elena. He gets a rude surprise when he is joined by Gulshan, out of the blue.

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This is when things turn worse for Chandan who fiercely tries to protect Elena from Gulshan, who is a known womanizer, and who is also responsible for his failed romance in India.

While there is no harm in trying ones hand in psychological thrillers, one has to make sure there is enough input to execute the concept with some level of creativity and curiosity for the viewer.

Reema Kagti's TALAASH, to some extent, did that.

 Rating : 
2/ 5 stars
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