Astitva

points for good intentions, sincere performances and a script that does go places rarely seen in indian cinema and yet, it all feels so limp and ineffectual. the opposing points of view are portrayed so starkly allowing for little waffling in terms of audience sympathy. anything nuanced that's telegraphed by the images feels hackneyed once it's repeated through voiceover or monologue (tons of those here). have been thinking a lot about mouna raagam and kabhie kabhie of late and makes me wonder about the relative efficacy of trying to raise these societal issues in strident art house versus a more populist mode... not that there's an easy answer here.

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