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A few individuals with diverse philosophies get drugged and robbed during a road trip. How this unfortunate incident alters their life, shapes their thinking and brings about a sea change in their outlook towards society forms the story.
Merchant Navy officer Bharat (Varun Thakur) and poor little rich girl Kesang (Eden Shyodhi), whose lovers happen to be common friends, plan a short trip to get together with their partners. Kesang's loyal driver Chandu (Heerok Das) offers to drive them to the desired vacation home. However, their impromptu road-trip goes awry, when they get drugged and robbed on the way. The crooks steal all their valuables and leave them unconscious in a jungle. As the three struggle to find a way out of this nightmare, they find themselves questioning their beliefs and value system.
As filmmakers, it's not enough to have a strong desire to make a point. How you manage to get it across to the audience matters a lot. Predominantly made for the urban youth, Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai (Everybody Gets Screwed Here) fails on several grounds. While the characters (rich and poor) are shown to be manipulated and victimised by socio-economic circumstances, instead of feeling their angst or turmoil, they come across as rebels without a cause as the film lacks a concrete story. Its abstract concept makes no impact, pseudo-intellectual execution fails to strike a chord and irrelevant scenes elongate your agony. This is quite unfortunate, since the dialogue-driven, conversation film begins well. Just when you think it might stand out for its unconventional approach and spontaneity, it goes into an arty zone that evolves into nothing. You keep waiting for the big picture but it just doesn't exist. All the three lead actors Varun Thakur, Eden Shyodhi and Heerok Das act well but the latter proves to be the most effective.
Ordinary lives make for extraordinary tales if told commendably, which is not the case here.
Film: Yahan Sabki Lagi HaiDirector: Tina Bose & Cyrus Khambhata Cast: Varun Thakur, Eden Shyodhi, Heerok DasCensor: ARating:
When a rickshaw collides into a fancy car, irrespective of whose fault it is, there are three types of reactions represented by the general angst of three socioeconomic classes: Rickshaw drivers lash out with a "you rich educated folk crush everyone" rant, car owner generalizes aloud about the illiteracy of 'migrant' drivers, and middle-class passenger fumes inwardly about migrant drivers and arrogant richies. Unless a gun is put to their heads, none of them will have a life-altering epiphany.
The filmmakers have attempted to expand upon this curious Indian tendency, with mixed results, through this multilingual film—about an entitled Tibetan girl (Shyodhi), a forced acquaintance (Thakur) and her Bengali driver (Das) on a road journey gone wrong.
There's a lot of muted cursing and banter; they call this 'mumblecore', but the cues are quite visible. The chapter-wise Tarantino-style dialogue slates don't work, like the crude mainstream title, for the same reason: they are at odds with the ordinary folk and verbose treatment accorded to the narrative. I found myself zoning out often, especially during the long-drawn Bong-heavy driver's scheming with his druggie friends, an awkwardly shot rape attempt and their lost-in-the-jungle chatter.
Thankfully, we are left to make of the material what we choose to, and thought has been put into the choice of locations (rooms mostly) and backstories. Still, it's difficult to empathize with any of them except Das' morally ambiguity as the driver, though Varun Thakur and the girl playing his dewy-eyed younger girlfriend deserve credit for some very relatable bedroom chemistry.
Perhaps it is the filmmakers' intention to irritate viewers with irritable characters and existential rants, but it soon becomes an irritating watch. Pankaj Awasthi's cool fusion score makes their personal journey worth hearing, but there is little else that makes it worth watching.
Not many are aware but this film’s genre is called MUMBLE-CORE. These films are an emerging trend from the urban, English-speaking-population of India, made by people who are not traditionally from the film industry/family/business.
The 'similar themes' of the mumble-core genre are a youthful cast, urban-existential angst, road-trips/travel/journeys, non-blockbuster conflicts/plots, low budget but well shot, witty casual dialogue, liberal use of profanities (in some cases), language is mainly English, no stars, philosophical contexts. These films are unique in the sense that they are a different breed from 'Festival/World Cinema' or 'Indian Art Films' or even from what is now being generally called 'Indian Independent Films.'
These are the 'Really Independent Films' which are not mentored or financed by any film-funding body or supported by renowned filmmakers and have a non-existing lobby at various International Film Festivals and events.
Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai is a multi-lingual film.
The makers of Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai are planning to release five films in 2016.
Three youngsters Merchant Navy officer Bharat (Varun Thakur), Tibetan girl Kesang (Eden Shyodhi) and her loyal driver Chandu (Heerok Das) head outside the city to attend a friend's party. On the way, they get drugged and robbed by three masked crooks. After losing their car, money, phones and other valuables, the three find themselves stranded in a jungle.
The film then goes into a flashback to give us back-stories of these three individuals and their friends. Kesang fancies Shanti (Teeshay), who happens to be her brother Dojo's (Asxem Dlean) friend. Bharat and Kesang don't know each other but since their respective lovers are friends and have already reached the party destination, they suggest these two could come together. Bharat hopes to propose to his girlfriend Anamika there.
Chandu, Kesang's loyal Bengali driver is in need of money. He tells Kesang that his sister is a drug addict and got into flesh trade to sustain the addiction. She blackmails Chandu to send her money, else threatens to sell off her baby girl too. Kesang says she will speak to her dad and will request him to do the needful. Chandu's uncle (Pavitra Sarkar) and his other nephew (Sandip Ghosh) are jobless. They lure Chandu into conning the family he works for. Chandu resists but turns out they convince him and together they decide to mug Kesang and Bharat. Chandu deliberately offers them a fruit drink at a petrol pump. They get drugged and his fellow offenders go on with the plan as decided. The nephew tries to rape an unconscious Kesang but Chandu stops him. He gets badly hurt in the process. Mama and nephew run away, leaving an injured Chandu back. As Kesang and Bharat wake up, they realize what's happened to them and Bharat suspects Chandu is involved. Chandu denies but admits that he needed money for himself and not his sister. He says he wants to leave the country for a better life abroad. He also says he is married but cannot get his wife to the city since she has to look after his parents, who stay in the village. Kesang and Bharat forgive him. After wandering in the forest for hours, they finally get to the road. Kesang calls up Shanti by using a local guy's phone and asks him to pick them up. They drop Chandu to a railway station as he says he'd like to go see his parents and wife. The friends finally reach the luxurious vacation home. However Shanti is now handicap. We are told it happens because he meets with an accident, because of Dojo's negligent driving, where the latter gets killed.
Bharat proposes to Anamika but she refuses saying she is just 23 and wants to study abroad first and that marriage can wait for a few years. Bharat is heartbroken and so is Kesang, who misses her brother and feels saddened by his memories, Shanti's accident and her own journey. Bharat and Kesang dive into the sea, in an attempt to liberate themselves.