Road, Movie (Hindi: रोड, मूवी) is a 2009 Indian road movie directed by Dev Benegal, and starring Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Satish Kaushik. It premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and opened the section Generation 14plus at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2010. Road, Movie was released in India on 5 March 2010.
Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a restless young man, itches to escape his father’s faltering hair oil business.
An old truck beckons, which, Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the 1942 Chevrolet across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain of desert India, Vishnu discovers he is not merely transporting a battered vehicle but an old touring cinema.
Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a striking gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee). Together they roam in the barren land, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious water lord.
The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year-old film projectors in the back of the truck. As in One Thousand and One Nights, if the films are good, they live and move on. If the films are boring, they face death in the outback.
The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but especially for Vishnu who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway.
Abhay Deol as Vishnu
Tannishtha Chatterjee as the Woman
Mohammed Faisal as the Boy
Satish Kaushik as Om
Yashpal Sharma as the Waterlord
Veerendra Saxena as Police Chief
Amitabh Srivastava as Father
Suhita Thatte as Mother
Hardik Mehta as Masseur
Shradha Shrivastav as Sister
Roshan Taneja as OPJ