The film won awards at the Cannes Film Festival this year...
There are numerous commercial flicks that keep coming out in Bollywood every year. Amidst all those, once in a while, comes a small film which makes Indian films proud across the globe. It invariably becomes the face of Indian cinema for international film viewers. Masaan is one such film. It has won awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year and is finally set to release globally on July 24, 2015.
Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan stars Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi. The film received a five minute long standing ovation at Cannes and that itself says a lot about it's superb quality. So as soon as the makers launched the Indian trailer of the film, I jumped on to it to review and here's what I think about it....
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.
So go ahead BollywoodLifers, have a look at the Indian trailer below and let us know what you think of it.
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