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'Metro' - a Witty Look at Insensitivities of City Life

Director Anurag Basu seems to have an obsession with heights. In "Murder", "Gangster" and now "Metro", characters are seen hanging down or just sitting on ledges of skyscrapers.

In "Metro", he even gets his rock band to climb atop a building and strum guitars. And when it isn't guitars, it's Irrfan and Konkona getting on a rooftop to scream their lungs out.

It's meant to be therapeutic and we'll take Anurag Basu's word for it. "Metro" falters only in parts. Some of the narrative's punctuation marks are overemphasized. And the spiral of human relationships often seems to replicate Mike Nichols' "Closer".

And yes, Billy Wilder's romantic comedy "The Apartment" serves as a direct reference point for the Kay Kay-Kangana-Sharman triangle.

But make no mistake, this is a highly original film with a voice that seems to reverberate across a limitless canvas of feelings of people in a concrete jungle.

You know you are being sucked into the lives of characters that are largely losers in the garb of white-collar dreamers, looking for love and warmth in a cold, heartless city.

After "Gangster", Anurag Basu has got another winner in "Metro" - a subtle, sly look at a bunch of characters locked in the throes of infidelity.

Basu harnesses his narrative into a fiesta of reined-in feelings, all indicating the growth of a city that cares little about one's sensitivities.

He has an incredible eye for performances. Every actor is nearly flawless in the chaos of corroded commitments in the city. Always witty, "Metro" moves through a laconic labyrinth of laughter and some stifled sobs.

Sanjeev Dutta's dialogues are very indicative of the characters' inner world. They slice right into the characters' hearts and give us an insight into the machinations of people so busy realizing their dreams that they even forget to sleep.

On the negative side, "Metro"
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