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Chaurahen: for the sake of ‘art’

16 March 2012 1:54 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Director: Rajshree Ojha, Writers: Rajshree Ojha, Anuvab Pal (based on the stories of Nirmal Verma), Actors: Victor Banerjee, Roopa Ganguly, Soha Ali Khan, Ankur Khanna, Kiera Chaplin etc.

There aren’t many literary adaptations in Indian cinema these days. So an effort to render Nirmal Verma’s stories on celluloid is a welcome endeavor. However, it is also a tad too ambitious. The stories that are simple yet delve into the complexities of human relationships may appear visually-oriented, but to hold them together cinematically via an engaging narrative demands much more than an adept ensemble cast. This is where Chaurahen disappoints: it limits itself to a high-flown, philosophical montage of scenes where it is difficult to identify with or feel for any of the characters. Because they spent most of their time philosophizing about life instead of behaving like mere mortals with motives. Not to mention, the fact that they »

- Nandita Dutta

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PVR Director’s Rare to release Rajshree Ojha’s indie film Chaurahen

15 February 2012 9:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night Good Morning, the next film to release under PVR Director’s Rare banner will be Rajshree Ojha’s Chaurahen (Crossroads).

Ojha made this film before her Bollywood debut Aisha in 2010. It travelled to several film festivals in 2007 like South Asian International Film Festival – New York, Mumbai International Film Festival (Mami), Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival and Cairo International Film Festival among others.

The film stars Soha Ali Khan, Ankur Khanna, Victor Banerjee, Kiera Chaplin, Roopa Ganguly, Zeenat Aman, Shayan Munshi, Karthik Kumar, Suchitra Pillai, Arundathi Nag, Nedumudi Venu and Siddharth Makkad. Kiera Chaplin, who is the grand daughter of the legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin makes her debut in Indian cinema with Chaurahen.

Chaurahen features three separate stories set in three different cities in contemporary India. There is a troubled adulterous affair in Kolkata, a family dealing with the loss of a son in Kochi »

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