For Here Or To Go, starring Ali Fazal, Omi Vaidya and Amitosh Nagpal shares a story of Indian immigrants, who dream big in an American country. A poorly constructed film, with dull storytelling techniques and boring dialogues, For Here Or To Go fails to impress one and all. What made this one more unbearable is its constant need to be like on Bollywood film, with its cultural and ethnic touches here and there, but yet again, not something one would enjoy truly.
Vivek Pandit, played by Ali Fazal is a tech entrepreneur who lives in Silicon Valley and wishes to make it big out of it. This Indian on a work visa hopes to attain green card status before it expires, and all he has is one year in his hands. Vivek dreams to build up a startup company to excel in the American tech sector. Vivek leads a conflicting life between his own life in America and what goes with his Indian family back there. Vivek’s struggle to fight back the paper-work given to him by US government does not come out quite efficiently.
The film has shown across the daily struggle of an Indian immigrant in the United States, and other issues like racism, cultural differences. While other white and Asian immigrants obtain permanent residency without any hiccups, Indians are placed on US government watch lists where they could be asked to leave the country at a moment’s notice. Another Indian co-worker, Lakshmi, played by Omi Vaidya too faces the same struggle. But Vivek’s gay coworker, who can only be open about his sexuality in America faces more lot of a trouble out here.
For such a large cast and different plots, the character sketches fail to engage the audience as the story lacks depth. For Here Or To Go is trying to bridge the gap between American storytelling and Bollywood epic filmmaking, with no charm at all!
We give this one 1.5 stars with no kink! You can give this one a skip.
For Here Or To Go, starring Ali Fazal, Omi Vaidya and Amitosh Nagpal shares a story of Indian immigrants, who dream big in an American country. A...1.5