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CityLights (2014)

City Lights (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 30 May 2014 (India)
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Deepak Singh is a farmer in Rajasthan. After a tragedy, he migrates to Mumbai with his wife and child to lead a better life. However, upon arriving, he soon discovers the challenges of life in a big city.

Director:

Hansal Mehta

Writers:

Sean Ellis (original story), Ritesh Shah (adapted by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rajkummar Rao ... Deepak Singh
Patralekhaa Paul ... Rakhee (as Patralekhaa)
Manav Kaul ... Vishnu- Deepak's workmate
Khushboo Upadhyay Khushboo Upadhyay ... Sonali - Bar Dancer
Sadiya Siddiqui ... Sudha- Vishnu's wife
Pramod Pathak Pramod Pathak ... Boss Mhatre - Security firm
Vinod Rawat Vinod Rawat ... Jayesh bhai
Gautam Berde Gautam Berde ... Thug Broker
Vaibhavi Upadhyay Vaibhavi Upadhyay ... Maahi- Deepak's daughter
Atul Mongia ... Bonnie
Resh Lamba Resh Lamba ... Waqaar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mallhar Goenka Mallhar Goenka ... Sachin
Amarjeet Singh Amarjeet Singh ... Tea Shopkeeper
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Storyline

Deepak Singh is a farmer in Rajasthan. After a tragedy, he migrates to Mumbai with his wife and child to lead a better life. However, upon arriving, he soon discovers the challenges of life in a big city.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A város fényei See more »

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Production Co:

Vishesh Films See more »
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City Lights is an Indian language remake of Metro Manila. See more »

Goofs

The locket which Rakhee opens after Deepak's death was not worn by him when he was shot. See more »

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References Murder (2004) See more »

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Most consistently brilliant Hindi movie of 2014
25 September 2014 | by ragingbull_2005See all my reviews

4/5 Insanely brilliant. Extremely poignant. True to life. These expressions spring up in my mind as I begin to write this review. You see, I am still recovering from the emotional, thrilling and dramatic sledgehammer which is Citylights. To put it plainly, this is the most consistently brilliant Hindi movie I have watched in all of 2014. I was hooked from the first frame and loved the unpredictable turns the script took. The worst and the best of human nature are vividly portrayed throughout the length of Citylights and it makes for some heart rendering and some truly uncomfortable moments. It casts light on the plight of the rural migrant who comes to the city with high hopes. The contrast between the humane behavior of the so called vulgar elements of the society and the coldness, aloofness and predatory nature of the venerated high society is masterfully displayed.

The acting is as good as it gets. Raj Kumar is easily the best new actor in Hindi industry. He gives a superlative follow up performance to his class act in Shahid. The debutante Patralekha matches him and even manages to outshine him in some scenes. This has the best kind of music, which propels the story forward rather than acting as an impediment to the story telling. Hansal Mehta, the director, deserves the highest praise for acting on his vision and making his second path breaking film (after Shahid) in two years. This is one of those films which helped me reaffirm my faith in the present of Hindi cinema. I loved it.


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