Review: The Last Act

The Last Act

The clutch of new faces bring in both freshness and some amount of ineptness : quite clearly, some of them have never faced a camera before. A gently climactic moment in the Lucknow segment leaves us with a mildly hilarious question about the number of young men called Babloo that may exist in the town : the two perplexed cops give it up with a lovely `Lucknawi' andaaz. My favourite segment is the one that's set in Pune, featuring a nicely drawn couple with the sort of quirkiness that leave you smiling.

Anything that takes us away from the brain-numbing dross that plays out in the 'plexes deserves a pat. And I also like that the film does, despite its unevenness, leads us towards questions about identity and self-worth and the faces that we don to beguile other faces. But those are threads fleeting : more consistency in quality would have made 'The Final Act' a more solid, better -realised act.

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