Review: Coffee House
Well-intentioned this storyline may be, but a befuddled script, cardboard characters, jerky editing, and some godawful acting make this film too boring to even hate, avers Shashi Baliga.india Updated: Apr 20, 2009 17:43 IST
Cast: Ashutosh Rana, Saakshi Tanwar, Neha Mishra, Aman Dhaliwal, Harsh Chhaya, Vinod Nagpal
Direction: Gurbir Singh Grewal
Corruption. Communalism. Aged parents ill-treated by their children. The commercial compulsions of a consumerist society. Romanticised idealism vs a pragmatic selling out.
All fodder for Coffee House, which rather ambitiously takes on multiple crusades and offers quick-fix solutions for all of them. Son and daughter-in-law treating grandpa and grandma shabbily? Don’t fret a la Baghban, simply buy the kids tickets to Goa and sell off the house before they return. Greedy netas asking for bribes? A sting operation of course. Elections coming up? Launch a street theatre movement. Lovers’ tiff? Coffee House has a suggestion there as well.
Well-intentioned this storyline may be, but a befuddled script, cardboard characters, jerky editing, and some godawful acting make this film too boring to even hate.
Only Ashutosh Rana (as an idealistic editor), Harsh Chhaya (as an amoral businessman) and Vinod Nagpal (as the harassed grandpa) manage somehow to rise above their cinematic circumstances. The half point in the rating is just for them.