Language: Hindi DD5.1
Quality: 720p HDRip
Movie Resolution: 1280*640
Believing in the adage “Success comes to those who dare to dream”, a confused, young millennial sets out on a desperate journey to fulfil his fantasy of becoming a movie star until a summer romance with a clear-headed girl helps him discover the fine line between dreams and delusions.
It’s been what, over a decade since Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots opened in Indian theatres, and nearly took the world by storm — drawing in the young, over the Internet, in countries such as Turkey, China, towards a mainstream Bollywood movie?
It’ll be probably take longer than a decade to dull its effect/impact on the said demographic that remains naturally sold on the bumper-sticker, Paulo Coelho idea of chasing “success” and “dreams”. Which is all that life’s about. Except, a vocation that isn’t “creative” by nature is hardly worth aspiring for. True? Looks like it to me!
This film titled Maska (literally butter), derived from the popular Bombay snack, Bun Maska, seems a sobering anti-dote of sorts to 3 Idiots — as you watch the young boy (Prit Kamani; totally up for the job) in here, riding past a series of city hoardings extolling virtues of high ambition while he imagines a life of riches and fame.
What better way to get to that in Bombay than becoming a movie star, right? That’s exactly what he wants to be, ever since he won a neighbourhood pageant, which seeded in him the thought of how his good looks could take him further than his locality.
As a starting point or germ of an idea, this thought appears common for many first-generation movie-stars, by the way, for one to dismiss it altogether. The boy is Parsi. This is then a Parsi film, as it were, that in itself is almost a sub-genre for Hindi cinema. To the rest of India, the representation of Parsis in Bollywood or Hindi pop-culture, might seem slightly disproportionate to their (progressively dwindling) share in India’s population (there are about 70,000 of them in all!). But that’s because the Hindi film industry is based in Bombay, and practically owes its origins to Parsis, in many ways.
Besides, it’s impossible to imagine Bombay, its contemporary history and its proud institutions, without the rich contribution of the community. But, which Bombay are we talking about specifically? South Bombay (in/around Colaba), which is where the lead character has grown up.
How is it different from the entertainment district in North Bombay (Andheri, et al), where he intends to pursue films as a profession/career? As a co-aspirant from out of town puts it in this movie, “For Bollywood folk, Colaba is even further than Ludhiana!” Agree.
There are certainly more starry-eyed folk from Delhi-UP-Punjab than Bombay’s own Parsi baugs/colonies in Lokhandwala. In fact, look closely at an old man (Savi Sidhu) in this film who claims to be from Unnao (in UP). This actor, if you recall, played the police commissioner in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007). Last year, this gentleman was found making his living as a security guard in the city! Here, Sidhu plays a waiter/assistant at a legendary Parsi restaurant/café.
This is the 100-year-old café, with its dedicated clientele and family recipes, that’s been bequeathed to the lead character in this picture, while he has set his eyes elsewhere. Here’s what we’re looking at then: Firstly a film that surveys Bombay’s unique but dying Parsi plus Irani cafe culture — as a heartwarming tribute, doffing its hat to institutions such as Brittania and Jimmy Boy (both of which feature on screen).