Writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane delivers a meditative, poignant take on the quest for perfection. We may not find it where we want it.

In a movie that runs for a considerable length of time, director Zoya Akhtar creates story arcs that rivet you and stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema hall. And she’s supported by a stunning casting coup. Every one of her actor seamlessly flows into the director’s vision of rebellion and flight of ambition, even if their runway’s paved with hopelessness.