RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI REVIEW
Director: Seema Pahwa
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Ninad Kamat, Vinay Pathak, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Vikrant Massey, Konkona Sen Sharma
Written by: Seema Pahwa
RAMPRASAD KI TEHRVI is the story of a family who has come together after the death of the head of the family. Ramprasad (Naseeruddin Shah) is an old aged patriarch who suddenly passed away while teaching piano at his house to a kid in the neighbourhood. He lived with his wife addressed as Amma (Supriya Pathak) by one and all. Their sons and daughters resided in different parts of the country. They all rush back to their parents’ house in lucknow when they hear the news. What was supposed to be a time for mourning soon turns into a chaotic time for everyone. Starting with Seema (Konkona Sen Sharma), wife of the youngest son of Ramprasad, Nishant aka Neetu (Parambrata Chatterjee) doesn’t come and that starts rumours among everyone else. Ramprasad passed away on 19th and Panditji declared that the tehrvi would take place on 1st January. This led to a debate among the members who thought it would be awkward for everyone to be sad on the first day of the new year. Once that issue is resolved (modern problems, modern solutions et all), another issue pops up, where they find out Ramprasad had taken a loan of 10 lakh and that he has returned only Rs. 3 lakhs. It is now their responsibility to repay the rest of the amount. Upon stumbling at his diary they find the loan was taken by Ramprasad because of how demanding his children had become. Amid all this chaos, the one missing out is amma, who is mourning the death of her husband and she has to bear the bickering of her children who are having a fun reunion at such a time. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The film takes on an issue such as this one in a very light manner. A lot of the things that happen in the film will feel very relatable to the audiences. That’s the film’s strength. The story is promising as well. It has been kept light, but it also falters. The biggest flaw in the film is that a lot of the jokes fall flat. There are times when some subtle humour makes you laugh, but that’s about it. Writing should have been fine tuned.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Sudip Sengupta is praiseworthy. Editing by Dipika Kalra is sans complaint. The costumes and the production design have been done in a very realistic manner. The music is forgettable and nothing special, although the background score works with the narrative. There are problems with the script, and more time should have been spent on improving it.
Performances in the film were superb, and they’re the highlight of the film. Naseeruddin Shah makes a cameo in the film but is dependable as ever. Supriya Pathak is brilliant and she shines with her performance. Konkana Sen Sharma plays her part wonderfully but is let down by poor writing. Parambrata Chatterjee gives a fine performance. Vikrant Massey is at his best. Vinay Pathak (Pankaj), Manoj Pahwa (Gajraj) and Ninad Kamat (Manoj) play their roles to the best of their abilities and don’t put a foot down. The rest of the cast offers good support.
Seema Pahwa’s direction is neat to begin with but you can slowly feel it loosening the grip. Although she executes the film well, for her debut.