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Rk/Rkay

Rk/Rkay Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Rk/Rkay Movie Review : A delightful game of hide and seek between real and fiction

Story: Does art imitate life or vice versa? After wrapping up the shoot of his upcoming period film, in which he also plays the lead character Mehboob, Indie film director-writer RK (Rajat Kapoor) struggles to piece his film together on the editing table. Trouble escalates when he discovers that his lead character has vanished from the film’s footage and entered real life.

Review: High-handed heroine (Mallika Sherawat as Gulabo), hassled producer (Manu Rishi Chadha as Goel), smirking crew and a lost director (RK)… Rajat Kapoor pretty much plays himself in this crowdfunded Meta movie that debunks the rosy perception of filmmaking. However, unlike films made on filmmaking in the past like Zoya Akhtar’s Luck by Chance for instance; Kapoor’s film is more of a satirical-self-talk than a broader commentary on the workings of the film industry. The characters they create aren’t real enough is a common critique screenwriters face but what happens when these characters consider themselves to be real individuals? RK/RKAY dabbles with this thought.

“People watch bad films in the name of independent cinema”, points out an AD (assistant director) to RK as the latter mulls over his film’s destiny. Despite the self-indulgence, the narrative’s undramatic, self-deprecating tone makes the film a delightful watch. With the producer breathing down his neck to make their film commercially viable, and his characters defying their fate, can RK hold it together?

Let’s be honest. There’s no concrete takeaway or profound thought that emerges from this passion project. It doesn’t set out to send across a message or make a point. It simply captures the inner turmoil, the existential crisis of a director who is expected to constantly compromise on his creative freedom. However, artists are lonely, stubborn individuals, who don’t take ‘inputs’ too kindly. RK is more real when conversing with the screen characters he wrote as opposed to his understanding wife (Kubbra Sait). Who is real and who isn’t? All the actors — Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, Manu Rishi Chadha, Mallika Sherawat and Kapoor himself — make this self-reflective dramedy an interesting watch.

Part real, part fiction, part fantasy, the film is experimental yet modest and relatable in nature. Something we also saw in Kapoor’s brilliant Ankhon Dekhi (2013).

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