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13 May, 2016 1 hr 56 mins A
Aanchal Dwivedi, Mahie Gill, Pallavi Joshi, Anupam Kher, Arunoday Singh
Aanchal Dwivedi, Mahie Gill, Pallavi Joshi, Anupam Kher, Arunoday Singh
Vivek Agnihotri
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Quoting from the film, the best thing that can be said about Buddha in a Traffic Jam is that we love the ideas Vivek brings forth but we are not in love with them. It lacks outrage and treads familiar ground.
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Story: Vikram Pandit(Arunoday), is a management student who believes that correct ideology can help to create a world of equals. His noble ideas land him in the Naxal radar, inviting trouble from all quarters.

Review: It is tricky to make a balanced political drama that holds a mirror at the ugly realities which plague India. Director Vivek Agnihotri smartly raises all the right questions. Finding his muse in socialist thinking, his narrative unravels the workings of the volatile Naxalite Movement which functions aggressively in the sinister underbelly of society.

In the first few scenes itself, Vivek makes it apparent that dark ages still prevail in Bastar (the Naxalite safe house). But his story is set in a posh business school, far removed from the real stage of action. His protagonist, Vikram, who calls himself a 'quirky f**cker' is far from being a fitting hero. His knowledge of the issue at hand comes from flipping the pages of his professor's research file. He gives tall speeches about corporate drones who don't want to change the world. "Make your minds your guns and your thoughts your ammunition," he roars at a student meet. It is quite ironical that exactly a scene later, he takes a step backwards after being called a Maoist sympathizer.

In second half, the film loses plot. Heroes turn into deceitful villains and Maoists are thirsty for the blood of a young college-goer who is practically of no consequence to them. Vivek wastes far too much time in vilifying the Naxal soldiers as anti-social elements. His limited knowledge of the issue is evident from the tendency to overfeed information. By the climax, Vivek is fumbling to put across what he set out to say. The film ends on a hurried note, never offering a plausible solution to any of the listed problems.

While Arunoday (despite his jarring accent) and Anupam Kher are good, the flimsy story fails them.

Quoting from the film, the best thing that can be said about Buddha in a Traffic Jam is that we love the ideas Vivek brings forth but we are not in love with them. It lacks outrage and treads familiar ground.
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