Sairat: A Quick Review

Most romantic movies shout from the rooftop that they are a ‘different love story,’ but only Nagraj Manjule makes you realise what the difference is with his ‘Sairat’. If his first movie ‘Fandry’ spoke about the caste system with a school boy following his unrequited love, his second movie leaps way beyond expectations in this seemingly simple love story with unexpected twists, unprecedented in the Indian film industry.Continue reading “Sairat: A Quick Review”

Sairat (2016) Movie Review: Love in Modi’s India

The review below contains mild to heavy spoilers. You are warned in advance.

Sairat is a love story, a love story set in India and not in imaginary mustard fields where people do not ask your surname or caste.While Fandry focused on the seething anger in an oppressed child who is not given his due, here Nagraj goes a step ahead, here he asks can love be a solution?

Nagraj introduces us to Bittergaon (Bitter Village) and when we see Prashant (Akash Thosar) for the first time on screen he is literally flying, a metaphor for the upcoming events in his life. Prashant has a crush on Archana aka Archie (Rinku Rajguru).Nagraj creates a Bollywood like land, in his own Bittergaon. He uses slow- motions, dance and colours. There are hints of tension or violence, but nothing which our hero cannot beat.Continue reading “Sairat (2016) Movie Review: Love in Modi’s India”

Sairat Marathi Movie Review: The Birds of Bittergaon

Plot: Parshya (Akash Thosar) and Archie (Rinku Rajguru), two eighteen-year-olds in Bittergaon, fall in love.

Director: Nagraj Manjule

Writer: Nagraj and Bharat Manjule

 My brain balks at writing about Sairat. I’ve already watched a movie (the incredibly fun Mr. Right) and had a work discussion trying to save a failing idea, in attempts to find something else to do. Where does one even begin? I’m in danger of just writing “AAAAAAAA” and leaving it at that. That’s what my brain does when too many things rush into it at the same time, especially if the things rushing in are emotionally upsetting.Continue reading “Sairat Marathi Movie Review: The Birds of Bittergaon”

Killa: A Quick Review

Killa Poster 3Good Marathi films come with a formula: Simple story set in rural settings or a period drama, watertight script, cast with at least one naughty kid, ”postcard” frames cinematography, mellifluous music score and distributed/ co-produced by Esselvision.Continue reading “Killa: A Quick Review”

Killa Movie Review: Transporting you back to the days of innocence

Isn’t it ironical that as children we just can’t wait to grow-up, become adults and start doing a lot of things which are forbidden or out of reach for kids, but the moment we actually grow-up, we just wish the very opposite? Unless we have had a difficult childhood don’t we generally get nostalgic when we think of our days spent while in school, when life was a lot more simpler, when probably the only pressure that was upon our shoulders was to ace our exams? Time and again I am reminded of my childhood days, of a period when I was probably the most happiest in life. Nowadays thanks to Social Media tools like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a lot of us are back in touch with our old friend’s right? Of late a lot of Marathi films have been coming out with children at the focus of it, talking of themes like teenage angst/romance and/or nostalgia etc.Continue reading “Killa Movie Review: Transporting you back to the days of innocence”