Skip to main content

Kashmakash — Movie Review

A boat ride. A storm. Quickly reminds of The Life of Pi. But no, this is based on Nouka Dubi, a Bengali short story by the master Rabindranath Tagore. I don’t know how good he was in the craft of writing short stories.
But I am willing to bet on a Rituparno Ghosh movie.
The movie starts being predictable with a guy with a “secret” story who is “forced” to marry sort of against his wishes. However, if this movie is about the usual predictable repressed sexuality of Indians, then this is not for me. Of course, these self-imposed restrictions remain to this day.
The film fails to capture the chaos that is India. The pulls and pushes of Indian society which we have to live with today, I believe, were there in those days too.
The overly-shy, teenage rural girl may not entirely be an artifact of the writer’s imagination, but it’s nevertheless un-endearing. The power outages when a storm comes … a reality in India since the early days of electricity.
No. I don’t like this business of wives not taking the names of their husbands. And I don’t like Indians treating sex as something dirty. The sexual instinct is deeply ingrained in us. It predates literacy.
A love triangle. But why hide? When you hide, the secret will tumble out in some unpredictable fashion. At least the guy seems to be an atheist.
Heartbreak leading to musical creativity is such an old trope and sort of difficult to believe.
An old-fashioned sort of love story; too conservative for my taste but perhaps will appeal to love-struck teenagers. I like more complex human drama as depicted in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata.
The movie is sort of slow-moving; I don’t know if that is to do with the requirements of making movies in India. I am not sure if something got lost in translation from the book to the screen.
The movie picks up pace towards the end with a few sudden, unexpected turns.
In conclusion, it’s an eminently watchable movie. It’s in the same class overall as Mani Ratnam’s  Kannathil Muthamittal and also Rituparno Ghosh’s other gripping movie Rain Coat. For comparison purposes, it’s in a different league altogether from the average Bollywood blockbuster.
For those who have faith in the idealized world and characters of the movie, it’s a superlative drama. For the cynical types like me, I can take off my cynic’s hat for a while and appreciate it within its framework and worldview.
And I did.
I have a doubt: how unique or commonplace is this type of short story?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sarah Kay's poem from TED

If I should have a daughter, instead of mom, she's going to call me Point B,

because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way  to me.
And I am going to paint the Solar Systems on the backs of her hands, so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say 'Oh, I know that like the back of my hand'
And she's going to learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up, just so we can kick you in the stomach but getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.

Top 10 Crazy Facts About India

Here's a random list of things. 1.Indians sometimes prefer to abort a fetus if they find out that it's female. (Or they just kill the new born baby after it's born.) 2.There are more than 20 million babies born in India. EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. 3.Child labor is so commonplace in India that few notice it or consider it out of the ordinary. Kids work as waiters or dishwashers in roadside restaurants. Sometimes, kids ferry tea to the local police station from a nearby roadside tea stall. 4.Massive numbers of kids and younger and adult women are employed as maids in middle class to rich households. Middle class houses might pay 200 rupees to a female who comes and washes the dishes. Rich houses might employ women permanently by paying them more. 5.Cars in the Indian cities are washed in the morning by car-washers who tend to be young men who get paid around 100 to 200 rupees per month for this service. 6.India is home to some crazily competitive exams. The IIT JEE and the IIM CAT have …

Edward Snowden

This seems to me to be the defining journalism-whistle-blower story of this generation. It's rare in today's world when privileged people voluntarily choose to take steps whereby they give up comfortable lives to do something that is in the 'public good.' Mr. Snowden was clearly a computer whiz which explains why he got jobs at the CIA (including postings in Geneva under diplomatic cover). Booz Allen obviously did not hire him or pay him the $1,20,000 salary without Mr. Snowden showcasing some considerable technical expertise. I believe Mr. Snowden's expertise probably lies in having deep expertise in various flavors of Linux. That is what I am inclined to infer from his various job roles as a 'Systems Engineer' or 'System Administrator.' Being the self-driven sort of person that he was, I am sure he must be having good knowledge about networking and encryption stuff including but not limited to Cisco routers and related technologies. To put these t…