The film has been nominated in Un Certain Regard Category in Cannes Film Festival
Amidst all the commercial flicks which Bollywood churns out year after year, every now and then there comes a small film like Masaan which becomes the face of India in international film festivals. But representing the country in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is something special.
Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan is one of the two Indian films which has been nominated in Un Certain Regard Category in Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra and a bunch of new comers. I heard that the film got a five minute standing ovation at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, which got been psyched. So as soon as the trailer came out, I jumped on to it to see what's the big deal about Masaan. So here it comes my review of Masaan trailer:
What's it about: Masaan tracks of lives of two women at the backdrop of rustic Varanasi. One story is about how Richa Chadda and her father played by Sanjay Mishra are trapped in an MMS sex scandal by none other than the law enforcing police man in town and how Richa tries to get herself out of this tricky situation. The other story is about a young upper caste girl falling in love with a lower caste boy who burns bodies at the crematorium beside the ghat of Ganga. What happens to the lives of these women, living in the prejudiced narrow minded society? Guess one has to see the film to know.
What's good: The best thing about the Masaan trailer is how the director has portrayed the lives of young Indian women trapped in social prejudice and small town mentality with utmost realism. Richa Chadda seems to have given an amazing performance and resonates the bitterness of a betrayed girl who wants to escape from clutches of the misogynist society. Also the trailer has a shock value when it is revealed that the lower caste boy in love with upper caste girl actually burns bodies for a living. The background score is apt, underlining the mood of the film. Masaan has a very earthy feel to it and seems to be a gritty take on lives of women in interiors of India.
What's bad: There is nothing bad in particular. Perhaps that's the reason the film got a five minute standing ovation at Cannes.
Watch trailer below:
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