You keep looking for something to hold on to, and you keep coming up empty.
More than the city, Prague, the film, is about Chandan's psychological struggle, haunting past and inconsistent behaviour. It's not for everyone. However, if you prefer unconventional, mysterious drama over mainstream entertainment, Prague will engage you.
Prague is a very disappointing film simply because I had pined great hopes on it. There are giant irregularities in the screenplay which resist you from smoothly juggling between Chandan’s real and delusional world with ease. The pace is tiring and dark tinge of style doesn’t work as a plus for it! In the end it is just an unnecessarily complicated film with a confused theme at it core. I am going with a 2/5 for Prague. I can’t find myself be impressed with a flaccid film like this that bubbles up tall promises and end you in futility.
In the end, it is one man who carries the film and that man is Chandan Roy Sanyal. It is delight to see this young actor, so far restricted to playing supporting characters in mainstream films become the mainstay of this well-made, independent film. Prague is a destination worth exploring.
The only element of Prague that offers a welcome break from the dreary, amateurish and clichéd story grafted onto a bad two-hour ad for the city of Prague is the music by Atif Afzal and Varun Grover. Director Shukla gets all the music montage scenes just right, but every single one of those scenes are so tonally detached that they seem like they belong in another movie. Pity.
Prague is a well-made film for the evolved audience but its box-office prospects are very bleak because of complete lack of mass appeal and absence of face value.