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Times of India
Four aimless college-goers take a road trip to the Himalayas in search of a mythical drug named M Cream.
Debutant director Agneya Singh takes an uncanny approach in his depiction of the Indian middle class. Instead of glorifying them, he unravels their flawed side. These youngsters are from affluent families, lacking a sense of purpose. They are losing their bodies and soul to alcohol and drugs. At its basic premise, the plot has promise. But its slim screenplay fails to delve better into the psyche of these youngsters, making the characters caricaturish.
In the opening scene, set in the sprawling lawn of a South Delhi mansion, a happy party comes to an abrupt end due to lack of good quality hash. The conversation shifts between Free Tibet Movement and hash till they are told about the magic drug that can knock you off in a puff. These youngsters are well-read, perfectly quoting Rabindranath Tagore, Jimmy Hendrix and Vikram Seth in the same breath. One might argue how the story is far removed from the reality, but Singh focuses on the faction less triumphant. They are complacent, comfortably splurging their parents' money with no remorse or regret.
The director's opinionated side appears in flashes as he takes his story through unnecessary events - from meeting a hippie (Barry John) with a strange American who gives shelter to stoners to a Chipko-like movement where villagers are protesting land acquisition. He has a view on everything - politics, literature, love, freedom. No wonder the film feels crammed with information. You wish it were more coherent!
Singh makes a few pertinent remarks on this generation which is debatably described as 'a wretched blob of uppers and downers.' But the narrative remains pretentious. There is a lack of depth, be it in the characters or subplots. The acting is average and someone as high up as Barry John could've been better used.
M Cream is incomprehensible in parts, poignant in others but it is mostly a pointless movie. Though brimming with raw energy, the narrative lacks vision to use it right.
M Cream is the first movie since Oscar winner Gandhi (1982) to feature both Barry John and Tom Alter
Figs is a quintessential cynic who in the opening scene is found lurking in the goregous lawns of a mansion. He is Delhi University student entangled in the smoky haze of drugs and alcohol. He is a quiet rebel.
His world is shaken up after his parents plan out his future for him. In search of hash after a smoky party, he and friends take off to the Himalayas. Figs and his best friend Maggie take off on a journey to find M Cream. In an impromptu road trip, they find themselves. Maggie comes with her boyfriend Niz, a budding photographer who finds it a perfect opportunity to do an assignment. Niz's friend Jay, too joins them on this journey, the quest to find M Cream. There is a sense of urgency in the mood and chaos that awaits the four of them. The four of them meet a hash-selling hippie named Vishnu who sells them drugs. Soon after, there is a party in which Figs and Maggie kiss and Niz catches them red handed. There is squabble between Niz and Figs, after which the former takes off alone.
Next morning Figs finds Maggie in an upbeat mood. She is ready to whisk him off but he declines the offer. He bumps into Jay. Sparks fly between the two. He follows her to a village that is facing land crisis. A noted international journalist named Maurice is protesting against the coming of a resort in the area which will result in destruction of the habitat in the forest. Figs and Jay join the protest but it ends on a bad note with lathi charge by the police in which both of them are severely injured.
The two are forced to go on their own way. Beneath the starry skies, near a bonfire, the two catch up about each other, their lives. The romantic night ends in a love-making scene between them.
Next morning they take off on a journey towards the city. Tired and exhausted they see an elephant and its might is inspirational to them.
1) The film's ending is abrupt as we don't find out what happens to any of the characters.
2) Jay and Figs fall in love but the film never shows how.