SAnirudh aka Anu (Ali Fazal) resides in Allahabad and together with his buddies, he makes neighborhood films and runs a gang which allows students cheat in examinations. His life changes completely if he matches Maithili (Shraddha Srinath), whose dad hires Anu to help her clear her examinations.
Milan Talkies is a film which unabashedly professes its own love for commercial theatre. The movie’s protagonist, Anu, dreams of being a movie director and combined with his friends he hangs out in a neighborhood theater named Milan Talkies. The boys dream large since they hustle their way to making eloquent potboilers and if they run out of cash, they swindle pupils, helping them cheat in examinations. Each character in the movie either has dreams of becoming in showbiz or has the undying love for theatre. So much so, the central romance also unfolds in the local theater. While this homage-based remedy is intriguing, the movie’s implementation is nowhere near the rough thoughts. Having a clunky screenplay along with a dull runtime of 2 hours and 20 minutes, Milan Talkies feels just like a drag.
Action, comedy, drama and romance, he’s got a whole lot to do, as you would expect from the snare hero at an masala film. But his earnest performance fades out at a story that attempts to do a lot of. There is the story of a handsome man aspiring for a filmmaker, there is also an arc of a bunch of buddies sticking with one another through thick and thin, there is orthodox families resisting ideas including movies and love unions and all this unfolds about a conflicted romance narrative. There are too many monitors in the film and director Tigmanshu Dhulia is not capable to do justice to some 1 story arc.
She’s great chemistry with Fazal, also, but the direct pair’s finest efforts are wasted in a movie that spends much time researching cinematic cliches. The casting feels debatable as celebrities such as Sanjay Mishra, Deep Raj Rana and Tigmanshu are wasted in inconsequential roles. Ashutosh Rana and Sikander Kher get powerful components, but their personalities do not make any significant effect.
The movie has great music by Akriti Kakkar and Rana Mazumder plus a few moments, have great ideas, too. In an attempt to serve a gourmet of amusement, Milan Talkies ends up being a goulash of industrial fare. The attempt to amuse and be striking shows and that is not a fantastic indication for a movie celebrating the love of theatre.