new Delhi: Half trick lies in casting. Anil Kapoor plays Anil Kapoor. Anurag Kashyap played the role of Anurag Kashyap. They are swayed by wit with a catchy thriller to discredit each other exposing each other’s fall in the build-up.
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Vikramaditya Motwane’s film is based on genre-specific absence. It involves real people as a fictional plot, and yet the narrative establishes the make-believe from their lives. Fake-style fiction plays with the diagnostic accuracy of a true story, except that it never really happened.
The story of Avinash Sampat is a two-liner. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (as himself) and veteran Bollywood star Anil Kapoor (as himself) are at loggerheads. The filmmaker kidnaps the star’s daughter Sonam Kapoor (as herself), and bids to teach the senior actor a lesson on a frantic search. As Anil Kapoor is on a desperate hunt for daughter Sonam, Kashyap did action films in real time. He is sure that this is the material prepared for his next blockbuster film.
Along with experimental entertainment that are real and fictional, toys are also rare in Hollywood, let alone Hindi films. Spike Johnz gems can be randomly remembered as John Malkovich and the adaptation. Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kirostami sets off about a paranoid cinephile who passes as Ustad Mohsin Makhmalbuff and scams people by saying that he will cast them. AK vs AK Motwane uses a style special to create an original story.
Sonam Kapoor has a cameo with her brother Harshvardhan Kapoor. Harsha’s casting, actually done by director Motwane to add snarky humor, jokes on herself. Emerging actor Harsh Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi appears to be talking to Kashyap at one point about the superhero, which was a flop. Harsh wants the sequel of Kashyap, who was the producer of that film, to be made.
The fun actually lies in the way these ‘real’ characters are presented, even fictional mysteries are revealed. Motiven keeps the story quite fast due to the influence of Swapnil Sonwane’s cinematography.
Reliable tech-specs complement smart screenwriting, drawing from the personal aspects of the celebrities in question (for example, Anil Kapoor’s real life fits in, woven into the story), such as his professional life The tricks and failures of the game are instilled in the dialogue.
Good writing is also the reason that actors get to play in the arena as themselves. The irony is that you never know in which scene a particular artist is actually ‘acting’, and in which they are just themselves. A fluidity as a filmmaker is Motivan’s triumph.
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