Aarushi Talwar Case files: once again

Is justice is swaying from side to side? An open-ended view written in dismay!

I usually don the hat of a movie critic when one of the Friday releases swings my mood to an extreme; most often the pleased side, at rarity in disdain. But this week’s release ‘Talvar’ cast such a lasting impression that it left me with fewer words to critique and largely baffled at this reel cum real life story, unravel once again. Much discussed since May 16 2008, but curiosity got me to revisit the Aarushi Talwar case files for details that I may have missed.

The movie will haunt you for a while and make you aware of details not shown before. It will engulf you in shock at the shoddy affairs of the UP Police for compromising and trampling on the crime scene. I was unaware of the ego clashes between the two CBI teams respectively presenting  their two pronged theory. The CBI director’s way of asking to come to a conclusion in a scene is as if like tossing a coin and deciding. You can’t help wonder if justice has really been rightly given? As much as you wish that it can’t be the parents, there seems to be no fool proof against the Nepali servants either.

It’s not about taking about sides, but its uncanny how circumstantial evidences have also weighed themselves equally on the two accused sides. On one side the narco-analysis of the servants fills you with shock and the theory that parents may have turned murderers for trivial reasons holds no water. But the movie does not explain the unjustified points as well. You can’t help but judge them based on their dialogues and actions with their witnesses (here). Nupur’s reaction as justified by the maid on asking her to re-check the latch again, Anmol (Aarushi’s friend)’s call going unreceived on the landline past midnight (here), the out of order landline as claimed by Rajesh Talwar and no first hand urgency in informing the police before neighbor’s intervention (here). Human reactions are different for all, absolutely true but its difficult to not notice the indirect answers to the questions during media interview with no signs defensive approach. (here and here) I wish these all are plain coincidences and not witness to a lot more.

Nonetheless, the movie left me feeling anguished for the parents for the lifetime imprisonment without strong evidence against them. Justice should be rightly served with purpose and not out of influence. Its a mockery at the police and judiciary. It sways in favour of the parents, but the facts are such that I wonder if truth is only what meets the eye?  One line about the movie -a must watch because it’s gripping and keeps you hooked till the end.


Piku Movie Review – Charming, Witty and Heart warming Potpourri

PikuIf KJo flaunted in a largely overdramatic film, ‘It’s all about loving your parents’ crafted for the upper class, then enter Piku’s world where scores of Indians will relate to this movie and conclude yes, this is what is about loving your parents no matter how absurd they are.

Hindi cinema has come a long away from making larger than life movies where everything is near perfect to real-life movies where characters are well not that perfect. Piku, directed by Shoojit Sircar is a beautiful, breezy and a charming film that made me smile. I loved it.

Quite an odd pairing I thought when I saw the trailer for the first time, which was not exciting to me either. But this quite aptly proves doesn’t it, that when you have all the other elements of a movie right chemistry within actors just works if they play their part. Shooojit has made an engaging movie that keeps you hooked till the last scene, yet wanting some more. Just like his previous movie, this too has the essence of being Bengali complete with dialogues. I am sure quite a few non-Bengalis must have picked up a few words by now. (I do! -courtesy Odiya roots:P).

So what is the story line? Quite literally- nothing. Just a regular story woven around a constipation problem. But when you have three fine actors under one roof, a well written script and some rib- tickling dialogues, it’s amazing how even crappy talks sound entertaining.

Piku Banerji (Deepika) works in an architecture firm and lives with her father Bhasker Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan) who has an oddity for his health, constipation woes and verbal diarrhoea. Unabashed that Piku is, she often gives up on his talks but selflessly attends to his every beck and call. Enter my star of the film, Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) – a rental taxi owner who after a hilarious needful lands up driving the father-daughter duo to Kolkata via a road-trip. Thus the story opens to the world of Bhasker’s constantly harried bowel talks, Deepika’s relentless efforts to be calm yet caring and Irrfan Khan absolutely taken back by this, but wittily keeping Bhasker engaged throughout all his conversations.

Deepika’s stellar performance is one of her best in this, arrive the new demeanor of 2015. Her fine personality, earthy looks and casual acting will have quite a few heads turning. Amitabh is a proof of legend. His eccentricity amuses you, although I wouldn’t say it’s his best.

While Deepika’s flawless persona floors me in most of her movies, its Irfan Khan that I fall in love with, playing a lead role in a mainstream movie moreover opposite a stunning diva. With a blend of sweet and salt, he plays his character perfect. His acting has this element of laid back feel that gives you effortless dialogues. I discovered it in ‘The LunchBox’. His clueless expressions are what make you like him whenever on screen. Even his wardrobe is rightly done to meet the young look (p.s.- his final scene jacket is a killer). Ironically it’s the remarkable movie Lunch Box that had made me my write first movie review (read here).

Unlike Finding Fanny which put me off, this is real road trip movie. And unlike Mary Kom where the ad placement was on your face, you don’t mind the subtly placed ads. To end, you will enjoy the movie and see quite literally every actor coming alive, including the many helpers seen. I like the part where Bhaskar ardently listens to Irfan Khan, or when Bhaskar insists on being blunt like it or not. And the breezy conversation between Irfan and Deepika while having rolls is one of the most subtle blooming relationship I have seen in a while.

Piku is breathtaking, Bhasker is adorable and Rana is my show stealer.  Go go watch it now.