Director: Umesh Bist
Starring: Sanya Malhotra, Sayani Gupta, Sheeba Chaddha, Ashutosh Rana
Written by: Umesh Bist
Streaming on: NETFLIX
The film starts off with a funeral of a young man Astik. While his immediate family is mourning his loss and guests are pouring into their ancient haveli-esque bungalow, his wife, now a widow, Sandhya (Sanya Malhotra) is in her room and on the bed, surfing through Facebook and yawning at all the RIP comments. She finds herself to be indifferent to her husband’s death and can’t seem to mourn it. They had been married for five months and yet she found herself unable to mourn him especially because of lack of love between the two, among other things that matter. Now, unable to grieve over her husband’s death, the film’s story is about Sandhya who goes through a journey of self-discovery that makes sly comments on relationships, responsibilities, love, gender bias, life, death, love, compassion and more. Her journey is what happens in the rest of the film.
The plot and the story are frankly quite refreshing and the maker gives us a closer to life representation of a death in a family. The film’s premise is interesting and has been told in an entertaining way filled with interesting and amusing characters. The story and the writing are what really make the film good, but only in parts and hence could have been better. It has been stretched a bit as well when it could have been crisp and short. But all in all, this is a good entertainer.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Rafey Mehmood is fine. Editing by Prerna Saigal is decent but could have made it crisper. The production design and the costume design are quite realistic and authentic. The writing is good and refreshing but as I said earlier, there was scope to make it better. The songs are good as well. Arijit Singh’s music really went well with the tone of the film. The background score is superb.
Performance wise the film is great. Sanya Malhotra gives a fantastic performance. While the story was good on paper, she really brings it to life with her performance. Ashutosh Rana is amazing. He gets into the skin of his character with ease. Sayani Gupta gives a fine performance as well. She plays her character with grace and without any effort. Sheeba Chaddha is brilliant as ever. Raghubir Yadav is superb. Rajesh Tailang is great. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Umesh Bist as the writer gives a good script, albeit a little inconsistent but as a director it is his best effort till date and he executes the film really well.