Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Sairat: Simplistically beautiful, tragically relevant

Searing. Wild. Innocent. Naïve.
Archie and Parshya’s love for each other is all of the above. Set in a remote village of Maharashtra, their love story is all that Bollywood has explored and over explored since its inception. Archie is the apple of her family’s eyes and belongs to the high caste, Patil, household. Her father is the influential legislator of the village. She is confident, unapologetic, and knows how to ride a bike and tractor, unlike the other village girls. 
A still from the movie. Photo Courtesy : Internet

Parshya, on the other end of the societal spectrum, belongs to a lower caste family, in which, his father does fishing to sustain them and his younger sister helps their mother with household chores. Parshya is a bright kid, a poet at heart, capable of making his cricket team win single handed, and good with studies. His father has high expectations from him as he orders him to find a white collar job, lest he end up fishing like his father. 
It’s love at first sight for Parshya, but in no time Archie reciprocates. And therefore, starts their whirlwind romance, filled with slow motion sequences, magic weaving poetic songs, few fights and more tears.
‘Yad Lagala’ should be declared the romantic anthem of this year. It is a beautiful rendition expressing how the flutters of first time. You have to witness the magical moment when Parshya and Archie are dancing at a party to ‘Zingaat’. The crowd in the theatre goes crazy and they break into a jig as if this is the greatest and only joy. Such is the magic of music and movies, transcending every barrier.

Parshya is absolutely adorable and is sure to leave many young hearts racing.
A still from the movie. Photo Courtesy: Internet
You can trust Nagraj Popatrao Manjule to deliver the best and hard-hitting climaxes to a movie. Interesting bit of information: Manjule is also in front of the camera this time. Try spotting him. *winks

They say the essence of emotions gets lost in translations. But, seeing the records the movie is breaking at the box office in terms of revenue it is generating (the movie saw a nationwide release on 29th April 2016 and is still going strong in theatres) and analysing its impact on a wide range of audience, the saying has been proved wrong with this one film.

Nonetheless, it is not better than his first film as a director, Fandry (I highly recommend. Please do a favour to yourself and watch it.). Maybe, that is because the storyline is a little predictable. Having said that, I would also like to honestly admit that Manjule effortlessly and successfully keeps the audience hooked.

It is a finely done piece of art that brings to the silver screen the tragic and harsh realities of our ignorant society.  

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