To start with City Lights presents realism. It is a solid, remorseless movie that doesn’t offer emotions, it is reminiscent of Mumbai city and it strikes you down when you are wrecked; and takes you in its arms and loves you as well.
City Lights is an adaptation of 2014 British-Filipino soap ‘Metro Manila’ but Hansal Mehta’s directorial approach is quite apparent in this film, you notice ‘city of dreams’ in a totally fresh, yet recognisable stance.
A mysterious, dark plot challenged by numerous traces of paradox. The storyline of City Lights is basically about a poor farmer ( Rajkummar Rao) and his wife ( debutante Patralekha) alongwith their kid from Rajasthan who lands in Mumbai seeking employment. However, very soon, they discover that existence in a metropolis is not so trouble-free as they have to confront troubles on a day-to-day basis. The film, in due course, takes a turn and explains how the family grows in the face of adversity; it is their love for each other that binds them against all odds.