- 1 hr 48 min
CRD is a 2016 Indian experimental drama film directed by Kranti Kanade. The film stars Mrinmayee Godbole, Saurabh Saraswat, and Vinay Sharma in lead roles. The plot follows Chetan (Saurabh Saraswat), a drama student who's aspiring to be a writer-director. He's obsessed with his art and spends all his time in creating an original play for an inter-college competition. However, his idea gets stolen by a senior student, Mule (Vinay Sharma) who is popular in the college for winning the competition five times in a row. Chetan then devotes his time to creating a new play and to do so he goes to an underground group of experimental artists called 'CRD' that stands for Campus RangaDevan (Campus Rangmanch Den).
The CRD members are a motley crew of misfits who are all set to challenge and shake the status quo of the traditional art. The group is led by a lady named Tena (Mrinmayee Godbole), who is also Chetan's love interest. The group is preparing for a guerrilla-style act on the streets during a political rally, where they plan to stage Tena's play. Meanwhile, Chetan and Mule engage in an intense battle of wits for the competition.
The film takes a unique approach to the narrative where the characters frequently break into monologues and soliloquies, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. The dialogue is layered, and at times, even contradictory, and keeps the audience engaged. The emotions of characters are raw and unfiltered, which adds to the authentic feel of the film.
The use of cinematic techniques also adds a beautiful dimension to the movie. The use of splits and flashes in the frame while filming the theatre sequences brings alive the play on the big screen. The camera work captures the streets of Pune beautifully and adds a sense of authenticity to the story.
The film also tackles themes of identity, the need for acceptance, and the cost of pursuing art. The characters are flawed and human, making it easy to connect with them. The conflict is not just between Chetan and Mule, but also with the whole system that they are in.
Overall, CRD is a well-crafted film that explores unconventional art forms and the passion that drives them. It raises questions about the meaning of art and the system that governs it. The film is a riot of emotions, a dash of rebellion, and a slice of young, vibrant India.