Life in a Metro (2007)

Life In A…Metro is a Hindi language film directed by Anurag Basu, set in Mumbai, and starring Dharmendra, Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sharman Joshi, Shiney Ahuja, Kangana Ranaut and Irrfan Khan in pivotal roles.The music is composed by Pritam with lyrics by Sayeed Quadri.The film was released on 11 May 2007.The film narrates the individual lives of seven people living in Mumbai, and deals with topics like extramarital affairs, sanctity of marriage, and love.Most of the characters and a significant part of the plot has been ripped off from the Hollywood classic The Apartment.

Cast: Dharmendra, Irfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Kangana Raut, Sharman Joshi

The lives of a group of people, who live in Mumbai are told in this tale, which revolves around Rahul – who occupies an apartment owned by his uncle, and lets rich and influential people use it for their personal sexual past-times. An ignored and angry young wife, Shikha falls into the arms of a young man named Akash, who wants to be an actor for Indian movies; then there is Shikha’s sister, Shruti, who is having an affair with a man named Monty; and finally there is Shikha’s teacher, Shivani, who is romancing Amol. Things get complicated when Rahul finds out that Neha, who is his girlfriend, is using this very apartment to meet with Ranjeet, who is Shikha’s husband.

With one movie, Anurag Basu rose quite high in my books as a director to look out for. Gangster was in many ways a complete movie for an Indian Movie audience and one of the best features of last year. Expectantly, Life in a… Metro was highly anticipated, especially with the movie repeating most of Basu cast & crew and a few more welcome actors. Basu sits right on top of the breed of Bhatt-nurtured directors who, if nothing else, have always made movies distinctly different from regular Bollywood fare.

Life in a… Metro is an amalgamation of six stories between nine characters from one suburb. These stories entwine and intersect at various points to portray personal lives for regular middle-class suburb dwellers. Passion, Sex, Loyalty, Romance, Lust, Stress and Love become the underlying themes woven into the fabric of the movie.

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