Citylights (2014) Short Review!!

Citylights re-unites the director actor duo Hansal Mehta & Rajkumar Rao after a superb “Shahid” which won each of them the National Award this year. CityLights reminds you of many previous films from the Bhatt camp with similar plot & ending. The movie falls short mainly due to the sluggish pace especially during song sequences (Even though they are good) which was unnecessary. Some of the sequences are very well written albeit I felt the climax was a bit hurried and could have been presented well instead of going the cliche way. Rajkumar Rao gives another brilliant performance. His portrayal of Deepak Singh is so realistic that you wonder whether he is really acting. Patralekha as Rakhee does is confident but gets overshadowed by Rajkumar. The show stealer of the film without any doubts is Manav Kaul (Kai Po Che) who plays Vishnu a friend of Deepak with ulterior motives. Hansal Mehta’s forte is to get the human emotions bang on and he succeeds in this movie as well but fails in dividing the realism with fiction something which had made Shahid so finesse in the narration making this a one time watch!


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