The President Is Coming

Posted on January 30th, 2009 in Movie Reviews

When movies are based on books, the movies always end up being the neglected stepsisters, but this one’s different. Kunaal Roy Kapur’s debut, The President Is Coming, is based on his own popular play by the same title and it is nothing less than an insightful story. We could draw subtle parallels to the famous novel “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. You’ll see the movie and know exactly what I’m talking about.

The movie warns you about the nature of its method: A fakumentary (fake documentary/mockumentary). It has eight pivotal characters whose chemistry folds and unfolds as if running the long race towards the finish line with a handshake as a reward – the handshake with the most powerful man in the world — George W. Bush. The President has requested a handshake encounter with a young Indian who plays a role in “shaping” India. The US Ambassador hires a P.R. agency to make sure the right candidate is appointed for the role — someone who fits the bill.

Kunal Roy Kapur’s treatment of this film can be described as a masala chai and Parle-G biscuits; the perfect combination that leaves your refreshed and with a sweet, salty taste in your mouth but cannot be compared to a cr

Our Rating:

Kuch Toh Bolo!


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