So Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, I mean RGBG won the best film award at the New York Film Festival. OK. No big deal. Maybe there wasn’t a better film this time. Anyway it was a South Asian affair, this film festival, so a good possibility exists.
Well, to me, the film was not a best-film thing. But a regular, good film. OK not regular, but a good film. So here I start my review of Raat Gayi Baat Gayi.
After watching Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, I can say that Saurabh Shukla is a good story teller and probably it’s just the story which has to be good or bad for his film to be decided as good or bad. Here, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi is a story which is not really very great. But the direction and acting of everyone in the movie is top notch and that makes Raat Gayi Baat Gayi worth a watch even with a simple and a bit slow story.
Raat Gayi Baat Gayi is the story of a man who cannot remember what happened last night after he got drunk. It’s a story about relationships and has some great character sketches. Two men who want to remain faithful to their wives but can’t escape the temptation of earning a few points with young girls, a lady who chooses family without over her profession but cannot stop her frustration when people around her don’t value her and a lady with middle class values who is trying to adjust herself in a higher society than she thinks in.
The movie is full of subtle comic instances and while the movie is going on, you don’t really feel that there is not much going on at the story front, a realization that comes later, or so it did to me at least. In fact the movie keeps going back and forth in time quite smoothly and multiple things happening simultaneously are shown with finesse.
The best part of the film, though, is its performances. Rajat Kapoor is almost natural. So are Iravati Harshe, Dalip Tahil and not-to-forget Navneet Nishan. Navneet’s role in the movie could be just another middle class woman trying to show off, but she has played it well enough to remove the ‘just another’ part. Vinay Pathak is great with his timing again and he almost makes the movie a bheja half-fry at times. Neha Dhupia is going better by the movie and at that speed she may one day get a life-time achievement award for her call girl and seductress roles.
The music of the film is okay even though Ankur Tewari has done a wonderful job as handling music as well as lyrics and then singing too is not a work of less talent. Background music of Sid Coutto is good but the song ‘Kyun’ has been started and stopped in between too many times, which irritates one who is familiar with the song. Fuwad Khan is really good with his cinematography, especially because its goodness can be seen even in the closed rooms, without any huge sets.
On the whole, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi is a good movie and worth a watch if you like Rajat-Kapoor-Vinay-Pathak-Ranvir-Shorey-offbeat-kind-u-know-what-I-mean movies. It’s not a pure comedy like Bheja Fry nor a deep deep film on relationships. But it’s somewhere in between. Watch it if you are fine with that. Don’t go with some huge expectations, I hope you’ll like it.
PS: The movie may not be liked by people who think Blue was worth four stars and Rocket Singh worth one and half. Seriously. 😉