Traffic Signal (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Madhur Bhandarkar|
Percept Pictures Company|
Konkona Sen Sharma
|Music by||Shamir Tandon|
|Edited by||Deven Murdeshwar|
|Distributed by||Percept Picture Company|
|Budget||₹40 million (US$600,000)|
|Box office||₹85 million (US$1.3 million)|
Traffic Signal is a Bollywood social drama film co written, co produced and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, starring Kunal Khemu, Neetu Chandra, Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma in the lead. Produced by Baldev and Kavita Pushkarna, and written by Sachin Yardi, it released on 2 February 2007. Bhandarkar won National Film Awards in 2007 as Best Director for this film, and Anil Moti Ram Palande, the first National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist.
This film is about the lives and travails of people living around a fictitious traffic signal in Mumbai. Anybody who drives in Mumbai has experienced the 2-odd minute wait at a traffic signal.
The traffic signal includes a microcosm of people who derive their daily livelihoods from it. There are beggars (kids and adults), prostitutes, tricksters, eunuchs and others who sell clothes, flowers and trinkets. They speak quickly, act fast and operate somewhat honourably (with each other) to eke a meager living out of the harsh Mumbai street life. They owe allegiance and hafta (weekly "protection" fee) to the signal manager, Silsila (Kunal Khemu).
Silsila grew up at the signal. He ran various trades there before he became the manager. He is an ideal manager: sensitive and caring of his workers yet ruthless when it comes to delivery. Silsila reports into a mid-level don, Jaffar, who in turn reports to the big boss Haji bhaijaan.
Life is well at the signal. A gentle girl, Rani (Neetu Chandra), arrives at the signal to sell ethnic clothes. The initial fireworks blossom into deeper companionship with Silsila. Everything proceeds normally.
Unbeknownst to Silsila, Haji bhaijaan is part of a larger nexus of evil that comprises politicians and the larger Mafia. Haji must play a dangerous game where he is forced to invoke the unwitting pawn, Silsila, to start a series of events that could ultimately destroy the traffic signal. Silsila is unaware of the larger consequences as he carries out his orders without question. But reality dawns on him when he is apprehended in a case of murder, extortion and bribery where he was hardly aware of things.
The signal faces destruction. Silsila's world, and all the people who grew up with it, face extinction. Silsila is forced to make a choice between his life and his world. As his life moves from Green to Red, he may only hope that the signal moves from Red to Green.
- Kunal Khemu as Silsila
- Neetu Chandra as Rani
- Ranvir Shorey as Dominic
- Kapil Rajput as Vishal
- Konkona Sen Sharma as Noorie
- Upendra Limaye as Mangaya
- Sudhir Mishra as Haji Bhaijaan
- Gopal K Singh as Samari
- Madhu Sharma as Businessman's Wife
- D. Santosh as Jaffar Bhaai
- Manoj Joshi as Chief Engineer Sailesh Jha
- Vinay Apte as Inspector Sheikh
- 2007 : National Film Award for Best Direction for Madhur Bhandarkar
- 2007 : Best Make-up Artist for Anil Moti Ram Palande
This movie is the last part of Madhur Bhandarkar's trilogy after Page 3 (2005) and Corporate (2006). Konkona Sen Sharma's acting is critically acclaimed and she got very good reviews for her role. Reviews state that Konkona Sen Sharma is able to bring a shred of credibility to her part.