IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Hansal Mehta
Release Date: 30 May 2014
Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mallhar Goenka, Manav Kaul
When the simpleton Deepak (Rajkummar Rao), along with his family, is forced to abandon his village in search of a living in a city, little is he aware of what life has in store. Circumstances notwithstanding, there’s hope. Hope of a better life. Of better days ahead. His guilelessness robs him off whatever little savings he comes with to the city, rendering him helpless, with three mouths to feed and no roof above their head.
The plot isn’t fresh and hardly compelling but the beauty of Citylights is in the treatment to its narrative. Director Hansal Mehta lends it his realistic, earthy charm to bring alive a film that primarily holds sway because of its staunch performances and beautiful music. But I wish the performers had better material to work on. After all the expectations I had from the film, it turned out a regular, humdrum affair, essentially for lack of a meaty script.