Road, Movie

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Road, Movie
Directed by Dev Benegal
Produced by
Written by Dev Benegal
Music by Michael Brook
Cinematography Michel Amathieu
Edited by Yaniv Dabach
Distributed by Madman Entertainment, Tribeca Film
Release date
  • 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18) (Toronto Film Festival)
  • 5 March 2010 (2010-03-05) (India)
Running time
95 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 8 Crores

Road, Movie (Hindi: रोड, मूवी) is a 2009 Indian road movie directed by Dev Benegal, and starring Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Satish Kaushik. It premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival[1][2] and opened the section Generation 14plus at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2010.[3] Road, Movie was released in India on 5 March 2010.[4]


Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a restless young man, itches to escape his father's faltering hair oil business.

An old truck beckons, which, Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the 1942 Chevrolet across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain of desert India, Vishnu discovers he is not merely transporting a battered vehicle but an old touring cinema.

Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a striking gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee). Together they roam in the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious water lord.

The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year-old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in One Thousand and One Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback.

The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but especially for Vishnu who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.



Road, Movie began in 2004 as an original idea by Dev Benegal. To do research for the film, he travelled for a year with a transient cinema troupe that showcased different films in rural Rajasthan villages. Benegal completed the first draft of the film's script in only 10 days. The script was written at a difficult period in his career as his other projects had been unsuccessful in finding financial backers.[5] He successfully submitted his screenplay to the L'Atelier screenwriting portion of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

Abhay Deol signed on to play the role of Vishnu after reading the script which he found "really nice, dreamy and humorous."[7]

Filming took place in desert areas of the Kutch District of Gujarat and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.[8]


Road, Movie premiered on 18 September 2009 at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[7] It was also screened at the 2009 Tokyo International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix Award and at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Box office[edit]

Road, Movie released in theatres on 5 March 2010 to a poor turnout at the cinemas. The film grossed a poor INR 11.1 million in its first week. In its second week, the film's collections saw a drop of a massive 90%, and netted INR 1.2 million. It was declared as a disaster at the box office.[9]


2011 Star Screen Awards


  • Star Screen Award for Best Sound – Vikram Joglekar


  1. ^ "Road, Movie". Toronto International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Road Movie set to premier in Toronto on Friday". CNN-IBN. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Bollywood Trade News Network (14 January 2010). "ROAD, MOVIE selected as Berlin Festival opener". AOL Bollywood. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Indo-Asian News Service (17 February 2010). "Abhay Deol had almost got rejected for 'Road, Movie'". Indiatimes. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Sanjukta Sharma (21 December 2007). "Cinema under the sky". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Global sales major Fortissimo snaps up India's 'Road, Movie'". The Economic Times. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b ""Road Movie is not run-of-the-mill film"- Abhay Deol". One India. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Debesh Bannerjee (23 May 2009). "The Road Ahead". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
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  10. ^ "Winners of 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 

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