Four lives intersect along the Ganges – a lower-caste boy in hopeless love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with a fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town.
The movie is filled with so many good scenes like the Police raid at the hotel, the corrupt cop blackmailing the father, Deepak getting angry when Shaalu keeps asking about his address and Deepak’s heartbreak and breakdown scene. The scenes of Deepak being shy and nervous while courting Shaalu have to be some of the best filmed courting scenes ever. The best scene of the movie is the scene where Deepak is woken up and taken to the cremation ground.
The songs “Tu Kisi Rail Si” and “Mann Kasturi” by Varun Grover are very good. Varun Grover’s screenplay is very good but the the last half hour of the movie feels a bit contrived. Could not understand why Devi’s character keeps trying to reach Piyush’s family and why she lands up at their home. Also the Shahri part of Badr, Ghalib and Nida Fazli did not feel organic to the movie and the character. It felt as if Varun was trying to impart his personal taste/choice to the character. The part with Jhonta’s swimming competition was somewhat predictable. Did not get how Pathak was able to get all the money by selling a ring. And not sure if its so easy for people from lower middle class to get government jobs without any Sifarish or bribes.
Richa Chadda is good as Devi who bravely responds to the stigma of having been caught while having premarital sex. Vicky Kaushal is excellent as Deepak. It never felt like he was acting. Shweta Tripathi looked very cute and is excellent as Shaalu, the upper caste girl with whom Deepak falls in love. Sanjay Mishra is very good as Vidyadhar Pathak, the father who is struggling to pay the bribe. The kid who played Jhonta was very good too. Pankaj Tripathy is very good in a small role too.
Neeraj Ghaywan’s direction is very good. The movie feels so real as if you are watching real life and real people. Even though the movie is not perfect and has its flaws it is definitely one of the best movies of the year and highly recommended.
Highly RecommendedTags: Masaan Member Reviews Neeraj Ghaywan Reviews Richa Chadha Sanjay Mishra Shweta Tripathi Vicky Kaushal