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October 17, 2014

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October 17, 2014

Cast: Rhea Chakraborty, Ali Fazal, Anupam Kher, Smita Jaykar, Raghu Juyal, Swanand Kirkire

Director: Charudutt Acharya

Leaping across rooftops (think Spider-man, but without the web-slinging abilities) to fix snapped wires and connections, linking the neighborhood through a maze of criss-crossing overhead cables, Sonali Tandel (Rhea Chakraborty), the protagonist of Sonali Cable, is a hard-working, self-made entrepreneur whose local internet operation powers half of Worli village. But she’s pushed against the wall when a large corporate threatens to quash her little business as it ruthlessly expands its own broadband footprint across the city.

This is your classic David vs Goliath story, and writer-director Charudutt Acharya resorts to over-simplistic stereotyping to make the point about the greedy billionaire industrialist (Anupam Kher) well connected with wily politicians, corrupt policemen, and the local mafia. The plotting is predictable and long-drawn, and the relevant premise squandered by an all-too-convenient naïve resolution.

Still there are minor bright spots to be thankful for. A confident Ali Fazal plays Sonali’s childhood sweetheart Raghu, son of an ambitious corporator (a hammy Smita Jaykar) who wants to keep the lovers apart. There’s a nice bonhomie between Sonali and her two associates, one of whom is played by first-timer Raghav Juyal, a wise-cracking, nimble-footed charmer who steals every scene he’s in. But Acharya burdens most of his characters with too much unnecessary back-story, thereby giving us one too many contrived teary-eyed confessions about abusive siblings and runaway mothers.

Leading lady Rhea Chakraborty is uninhibited but inconsistent, her bumpy Marathi accent never quite convincing. Between her and a script that sadly feels half-baked, Sonali Cable is weighed down, unable to take flight. I’m going with two out of five. It’s got its moments, but they’re few and far between.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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