Masaan Movie Review

  • Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan
  • Starring
  • Release dates Friday 24 July, 2015
  • Running time 1 hour 49 minutes

The line between artsy and pretentious is a thin one. In fact, it’s so thin that many filmmakers often cross over to the pretentious side without intending to. But times, they are a-changin’, making way for a growing number of wonderful independent productions. Masaan is one of them. An unmissable intense narrative that revolves around the combat between the societal rules, norms and the individual’s choices.

The film spins around two different and daring tales. Devi Pathak (Richa Chadda) and Piyush Agarwal (Saurabh Chaudhary). Devi’s friendship with Piyush lands her in a shady lodge, where she is caught in the act as police raids the place. A corrupt police inspector (Bhagwan Tiwari) starts blackmailing Devi and her father Vidyadhar Pathak (Sanjay Mishra) due to this reason. Fear of notoriety forces Piyush to seek an easy way out. However, Devi and her father are hapless victims. The parallel track shows Deepak (Vicky Kaushal), a youngster from the untouchable Dom caste. Though he’s a super-bright student, he can’t help feeling marginalised because like his father and elder brother, he too is forced to work on the Ghats of the Ganges,burning funeral pyres. Deepak’s world lights up when he falls for Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi). This couple steal passionate kisses below the Peepal tree and though they fear that the caste-system could divide them; they nurse starry-eyed dreams.

Masaan is not an easy film to watch. In fact, it poses some very difficult questions about morality, love and life itself. However, this is what makes it worth watching. The film unspools in an unhurried manner, occasionally tugging hard at your heartstrings. The urgency with which youngsters from India’s heartland feel the need to discover Facebook, forbidden fruit and freedom has been captured well.

In this character-driven flick, the performances of all the characters are awesome. Richa Chadda delivers the finest performance of her career, cementing herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is the perfect embodiment of the guilt, the strength and the spirit that make Devi. Sanjay Mishra, who plays her father, is equally remarkable in his portrayal of a man trying to overcome his demons. Vicky Kaushal has played his part with great convenience. Indian Ocean has given a melodious music that goes in sync with the storyline of this flick. The track “Tu Kisi Rail Si” gels well with the film. “Mann Kasturi” forms the soul of the movie and the visuals of the song are also worth to see.

The engaging and powerful plot of the film makes it worth to watch for all. Masaan is far from your average masala film. The film will make you think and leave you in awe, and will restore any lost faith in Indian cinema.

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