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A compelling tale about a young man in small-town MP struggling to reclaim his job and identity stolen by a crook


Starring: Sonali Kulkarni, Nakul Vaid, Aditya Srivastava, Sharbani Basu, Sushant Singh
Directed by Mazhar Kamran
Rating: ***

Hindi litterateur Uday Prakash’s Mohandas is a compelling tale about a young man in small-town MP struggling to reclaim his job and identity, stolen by a crook. Mazhar Kamran turns it into a simple, sincere and persuasive film. The identity theft angle is not a thriller like Sandra Bullock’s The Net. Instead, it brings forth the social, economic and political inequities and exploitation, how those who inhabit the fringes are pushed further to the margins, physically and metaphorically. It chronicles the misuse of power and blatant manipulation of a feeble administration and judiciary. It does not get overly didactic but leaves you with deep cynicism. Some peripheral characters, played by unknown talented actors, are delightfully genuine—be it the corrupt Brahmin patwari or the enterprising local journalist. But, Nakul and Sharbani, in the lead roles of Mohandas and his wife, are disappointing. They look too slick and smooth for the rough world, virtually as though they have been transplanted from outside.

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Courtesy: Film Information


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