Milestone is based on a man’s struggle to stay relevant in an ecosystem that may rather have him disappeared. Suvinder Vicky plays Ghalib whose wife recently died, a Sisyphean character who appears to be on a path towards painful devolution. Milestone isn't solely the second urban title to get debuted on Netflix, however just like the initial — Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple — it's additionally a story regarding loneliness.
This multi-layered film is co-written, edited, and directed by Ivan Ayr (known for his 2018 debut film ‘Soni’) and focuses on the struggles of truck-industry staff, who hardly appear to stay in their permanent residence with their family. They're continuously on the move and consider the truck as their ‘home’. From the beginning scene to the last, the camera shadows Ghalib in a shot to make viewers feel as if they're trailing him. The audience follows him as he walks together with his persistent ache, the continuous cycle of loading and unloading of products at his workplace, driving his truck on the road, and guiding his understudy Pash. The close-up shots of the truck tires in motion and also the dust-covered highways keep you moving and committed to the slow-burning characters of Ghalib and Pash.
The intensity within the scenes will increase the impact of the story. Most of the dialogues are a combination of Punjabi and Hindi that blends with the story giving it a real feel. The conversations are deep and purposeful, just like the scene wherever Pash goes to see a corpse closely and Ghalib consoles him.
Suvinder Vicky steals the show as Ghalib. He uses his expressions and deep eyes to convey the miseries of his life. Ghalib being a pleasant man accommodates everything despite what life throws at him. In a very sequence, he initially dismisses the person who winds up at his house to color flower pots, however later permits him to paint it in the manner his wife would have wanted it to be done. He realizes that this person is additionally a daily wager and his efforts to come here shouldn't be wasted. Lakshvir Saran is fantastic as a youngster troubled between his longing to be nice and also the requirement for this job and cash. All the female characters in the show are fearless and have powerful roles—be it the feminine sarpanch-head of the punchayet, (Mohinder Gujral), the punctured-tire repair girl (Shanti Devi), or Ghalib’s relative-in-law (Gaurika Bhatt).
Milestone is confined because it is within the insular world of the North Indian transportation community, maybe a grand parable regarding India. The movie was shot before the first lockdown last year, however, in the lightness of recent events, it's taken on a larger meaning. As the seniors of the country die, Milestone rambles in, asking queries that few are willing to confront: what's a life's value in the world’s largest democracy?
It's commendable that Milestone doesn’t take its slow burn within the direction of violence—something only too common in Indian cinema. Still, the film’s heaviness holds it back. Ayr’s management is spectacular however several of the static frames are dark and simply not fascinating (a long conversation between Ghalib and a drunk friend). Ghalib’s ultimate offer to the family is sensible however nothing to do with the remainder of the film. Naming the truckers after legendary poets Ghalib and Pash appear significant—and Ayr leaves it at that. Soni was propelled by incidents and conflict. Milestone, for all its formal rigor and moments of observation, stalls by the margin.
Ivan Ayr’s ninety-seven minutes' long film is a mirrored image of life that will keep you concerned. Some would possibly find the pace a bit slow however the story revolving around the life struggles of the characters can resonate with you throughout. The show sounds like simply the start, not the ending of the road.
Final Score – [6.8/10]
Reviewed by – Ritika Kispotta
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