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The Last Act

The Last Act poster
The Last Act
Release date: December 14, 2012
Directed by: Asmit Pathare, Nitin Bhardwaj, Tathagata Singha, Nijo – Rohit, Tejas Joshi, Jagannathan Krishnan, Kabir Chowdhry, Nitye Sood, Varun Chowdhury, Anurag Goswami, Rohin V, Himanshu Tyagi

For the uninitiated, this film revolves around a murder and is directed by 13 first-timers, they build their own sequences and piece them together at the end. And as the poster suggests, the story starts from a dead body which is suspected to be of a murder victim’s.

There’s a trail of evidence that leads them to twelve different cities: Mumbai, Kalyan, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hissar, Chandigarh, Pune, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Gwalior and Delhi. Every city has a different flavor and a different story that leads to more revelations, related/unrelated to the main mystery. Each story shows the distinctive directorial approaches. For example, the running handheld camera in Hissar, the view from a scooter-rider’s shoulder in Ghaziabad, the simple hilarity of Pune, Kolkata and Kalyan, or the darker shades of Chandigarh. Bangalore and Chennai may seem like filler, but Gwalior, Lucknow and Delhi show us Indian Sherlock Holmes in their finite landscapes of police stations. Mumbai is where the Last Act unfolds and it surely leaves a mark.

Characterizations are near perfect with their realistic depiction of the Indian metropolitan and suburban working class. There are small moments and major hints all along the narrative, often disclosing other comparatively smaller crimes that go unnoticed under he roots of corruption and negligence. If you have the attention span of a butterfly then this won’t be easy viewing for you, there’ll be questions unanswered whenever you slow down and you better buck up for a lot of exhaustive storytelling.

The Last Act could set a standard or it could sink, but it’s unusually entertaining and fun in its own grimy way. The only nagging point for the casual viewer could be the questions that they don’t get exact or sufficient answers to.

My rating: ***1/2 (3.5 out of 5)

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