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For Here Or To Go movie review: Ali Fazal - Omi Vaidya's film lacks in execution

Banner: Many Cups of Chai Films

Producers: Rishi S Bhilawadikar, Rucha Humnabadkar, Vineet Sinha, CC Chainey

Director: Rucha Humnabadkar

Cast: Ali Fazal, Melanie Kannokada, Rajit Kapur, Amitosh Nagpal, Omi Vaidya

Writer: Rishi S Bhilawadikar

Music: Peter Scartabello

There was a time when everyone talked about the brain drain from India, where educated Indians were leaving the country to make a better life in the United States of America. The phenomenon is now reversed and there is talk of a ‘reverse brain drain’ that is Indians coming back to their country, especially after the recession in the US. For Here Or To Go? captures the emotional turmoil that these Indians are going through. Their confused state of mind, made worse by the lack of acceptance from Americans is the premise of this story.

Vivek Pandit, a software engineer working in San Francisco dreams of starting his own company some day. His visa with the company he is working with is about to expire and he needs to get another job and a visa so that he can continue to stay in the US. He is in a relationship with Shveta, daughter of a well-established businessman, Vishwanath Prabhu. She is happy with her life in the US, while her dad wants to go back to India. Vivek’s roommates are sailing in similar boats. Lakshminarayanan is waiting for his Green Card and Amit is in the country on an L1 visa. A faux pas by one of the roommates puts all three of them on a FBI watch list. Their already slim chances of continuing to stay in the US become slimmer. Does Vivek manage to wriggle out all this? Is he able to stay in the US? Does he fulfill his dream of starting his own company? All this forms rest of the story.

Several issues have been discussed in the 105-minute film making is very cramped. The execution lacks punch. Performance-wise, Ali Fazal is fantastic. Rajit Kapur is very good. The two actors manage to connect the audience to the story. Amitosh Nagpal, who plays Amit is funny and tugs at the heart as well. Omi Vaidya as Lakshminarayanan is okay. Melanie Kannokada as Shveta is adequate.

Verdict: Flop.

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