Zubaan is a film made with a lot of love and it shows in every frame
Mozez Singh's directorial debut
Zubaan is unlike a conventional first film. It doesn't adhere to any norms or stereotypes set by a conventional mode of storytelling. In fact Zuban's biggest asset is that it breaks the mould and explores new ways of reaching out to the audience. For that you need to have an open mind and lot of patience.
Zubaan is the story of Dilsher (
Vicky Kaushal), a small town boy who stammers and stutters his way through adolescence. His speech impediment is metaphorical to the challenges he meets right from his growing up years to the time he becomes a man. Music is an intrinsic part of the film and as the promos show, it is music that finally becomes his salvation and saving grace. Set against the background of Punjab (the place where Dilsher grows up) the plot has several layers that show themselves through a myriad of characters that join the protagonist in his journey. Sarah Jane Dias plays a singer-dancer who is a catalyst that makes Dilsher question his true identity and purpose in life. The film revolves around his journey to get in touch with Gurucharan (Manish Chaudhary) who left a mark on him as a child and now is a successful business baron in Delhi. However, once Dilsher becomes a part of this murky world, things start falling apart. Gurucharan's son (Raaghav Chanana) is jealous of his father's affection and proximity to a stranger who comes from a different class. Before you think this is a family drama, the plot takes a series of unexpected twists and turns and rising above what could have been a predictable climax.
Zubaan is a film made with a lot of love and it shows in every frame. Swapnil Sonawne's camera work is stunning and lights up every scene as if it was a part of our lives. Mozez uses human emotions like suffering, loss, love, jealousy to make his characters interesting. You get drawn into Dilsher's world because of Vicky Kaushal's award worthy performance. He's already shown promise with Masaan and now Zubaan only reinforces our faith in him as an actor to watch out for. The supporting cast too is exceptional. Sarah Jane Dias keeps it subtle not going over the top or getting screechy in the difficult scenes. Both Raaghav Chanana and Manish Chaudhry are able to make us cringe watching their difficult father-son relationship. The music of course is eclectic and different. There are beats from a 80's Madonna song to a traditional Gurbani that become part of the films soundtrack. In fact the music is a pivotal aspect of Zubaan lending its characters a language when words fall short.
There are problems with the film, one being the sketchy narrative. While the characters are well drawn, their interaction with each other and how they progress towards a hurriedly written climax seems a bit abrupt. Also once the cat is out of the bag when it comes to making that plot twist, things do get a bit slow and the pace slackens.
Despite the weak moments and an uneven story line, Zubaan is worth a watch. Vicky Kaushal's performance in itself is worth the price of an admission ticket!
Watch the trailer of Zubaan below!
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