• Publication date: December 1, 2010

Life In A Metro Life In A Metro

Rahul (Sharman Joshi) is a typical Indian call center employee with an atypical ...

Rahul (Sharman Joshi) is a typical Indian call center employee with an atypical method of moving up the corporate ladder. As the owner of an apartment building, he offers men in upper management a place to take their mistresses and prostitutes; in return his managers write flattering letters of recommendation for Rahul, and also ensure that he is considered first for any upcoming promotions. A coworker named Neha (Kangana Ranaut) is Rahul's object of desire, an intelligent and beautiful lady determined to succeed. So far she has been successful, mostly by sleeping with company bigwig Ranjeet Kapoor (Kay Kay Menon). Each night Ranjeet and Neha rendezvous at the apartment building, much to the chagrin of its proprietor whose heart is broken by their affair. While Ranjeet has fun on the side so does his wife, Shikha (Shilpa Shetty), a sexually frustrated housewife who finds a booty call of her own. Thirsty for a taste of excitement in her life, she tucks in her six-year-old daughter and hits the town with Akash (Shiney Ahuja), a struggling actor who wanders from street to street, and bed to bed. Despite his shortcomings, Akash is able to satisfy Shikha's need for companionship, though he struggles to ease her guilty conscience. When not hanging out with Akash or wallowing in loneliness, Shikha takes dancing lessons from Shivani (Nafisa Ali), a 70-something professional dance instructor. After a 40-year hiatus abroad her childhood love, Amol (Dharmendra) has returned to India to spend his final years alongside Shivani and to make up for lost time. Lastly we meet Shikha's sister Shruti (Konkona Sen Sharma), a radio producer who is an unmarried, 28 year old virgin. At home she spends her time browsing matrimonial sites in search of her perfect man, but instead finds Monty (Irrfan Khan), the ultimate dweeb. Despite Monty's social ineptitude he is a genuinely sweet, caring, and responsible guy. Nevertheless, Shruti remains determined to woo a radio disc jockey portrayed by Gautam Kapoor who, due to certain circumstances, is probably not interested in a relationship – at least not with the opposite sex. All of the characters in the film have unique battles in the game of love, some relating to morality and others to potentially missed opportunities. In the end each individual must attempt to rectify the dissonance in his or her own life and somehow find contentment. Whether or not doing so is possible remains to be seen. Rock inspired music composed by Pritam Chakraborty is sprinkled throughout the movie with appearances from Suhail Kaul, Soham Chakraborty, and Bangladeshi vocal group Nagar Baul. A cut from famed American folk singer Bob Dylan is also present.