Starring: Dia Mirza, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sampurna Lahiri
Directed by Pratim Gupta
The movie explores five stages of love, seen through the prism of a filmmaker (Priyanshu) who perceives his life unfolding not chronologically but in fragmented episodes, much like his film scripts. He lives so inextricably in the realm of the surreal that his love for Dia Mirza is a dream to be followed till it becomes reality. In the shattered illusions, he finds the plots and themes for his own films. “Imagine unrequited love,” he tells his heroine (Sampurna) during a shoot, to coax an expression of pain.
We are led through the relationship stages—courtship, marriage, disillusionment, extra-marital affair, impending divorce—to that unexpected moment which transforms life from the mundane to the mortal. The film begins promisingly, but falters midway (the romance scenes are superficial and loosely connected), picks up momentum again and ends in a crescendo of emotions.
Dia and Priyanshu deliver powerful performances. Sampurna is miscast. Soumitra is the commanding voice on love. Debutant Gupta blends cinematic traditions effectively. The sepia-tinted visuals are memorable, like the graveyard scene with its stark black and white contrasts with splashes of scarlet, reminiscent of 20th century East European cinematography.
The interesting cultural phenomenon is, that children are actually adults. I mean, a child is an adult, if he finds the circumstance. It's pretty easy to feel, if you are married, in a short time, that you don't need to feel any attraction for your wife. I think, this is true of every economic class, but it is easier to come to terms with this, if circumstances seem to allow it. I feel, that it is pretty easy to feel in marriage, early, how many elderly people feel after being married for many years. I think, youngsters like and respect this, and in current culture, they feel they are being encouraged to be foolish, and they are aware, that they are foolish. I don't think, they are encouraged to foolishness, by those who are important in society.
I am not anti what Indian society is today. Nor am I anti any positive perception of any society. But, a child is not seen as beautiful, nor intelligent, and people don't think children are rich. People like Mahatma Gandhi were married, when they were very young, to much younger brides. You cannot say, that our past is completely unacceptable. It will appear that the govt. only thinks about how the economy will work efficiently in the most optimum, and fortuitous circumstances, when circumstances are circumstance, and the govt. wants to create circumstance. What is good, must be considered, but not when the so called educated elite, trash every tradition which India wants to believe in, and when the belief is not for the tradtion, but for what the traditon stands for.
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