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”

Sairat Marathi Movie Trailer

Nagraj Manjule’s debut film Fandry was a darling of the festival circuits. Zee picked it up and gave it a solid release. It did well at the box office, but many among the masses went to the film expecting the song that had been used in the promotions to be in the film and were left disappointed.

Nagraj and Zee have teamed up again for their latest venture and this time, however, they have included the songs in the film that have already become widely popular.

Sairat posterThere is no official release of its synopsis but we have managed to get this from the official website of the 66th Berlinale where it was screened: ‘The love that binds clever Parshya and beautiful and self-confident Archie is as passionate as it is socially taboo. Breaking away from the narrow-mindedness and violence of convention is the only way out for the young couple. With powerful imagery and epic scope, Nagraj Manjule tells the story of an impossible love.’

Sairat has been written and directed by Nagraj Manjule. Much like Fandry, Nagraj has again casted non-actors in the lead role. Rinki Rajguru (Archie), who has already won a National Award for her performance in the film, and Aakash Thosar (Parshya) play the leads. The music is by Ajay-Atul and the camera department is helmed Sudhakar Yekkanti Reddy. Kutub Inamdar is the editor for the film.

Here’s the trailer. Only if it had subtitles it would have reached a much wider audience. The film releases on 29th April, 2016.

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