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Shankar Singh and his wife, Meera, live in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India along with widowed paternal grandmother, Laxmibai, his mom, Gowri, and dad, Randhir. The family feel that they are blessed after Meera's entry in this family. Shankar must go and abroad in Saudi Arabia and bids farewell to Meera, promising to keep in touch, which he does, and also sends them a large portion of his earnings, which is used to pay off the family's debts. Then when no word is received from him, a worried Meera phones, and is devastated to learn that Shankar has been killed by being thrown off a 10th floor balcony. Her status quickly changes, her jewelery, ornaments, fancy clothes are taken off, and she is told to remain indoors. wear dark clothes, and is only allowed to pray at a Mandir. Things brighten up for Meera when she befriends an Islamic woman, Zeenat, who has come all the way from Himachal Pradesh to look for her husband, Amir Khan. Shortly thereafter, Meera's world is turned upside down when ... Written by
A very different body of work from Kukunoor's factory probably because its inspired from a Malayalam movie. Nevertheless, an outstanding piece which places Kukunoor's on a very different league (age and maturity, probably?).
The grey shades of every character are depicted convincingly. Be it Girish Karnad who wants to save his palace, Nagesh Kukunoor as the opportunist building contractor or Prateeksha Lonkar as the jealous woman. Having said that the main protagonist Gul Panag is no exception either. Nevertheless, all of them put up a spectacular feat. The deglam roles of both heroines will be remembered for a long time to come. Finally Shreyas Talpade get a role which showcases his ammunition in terms of acting. Its good to see Uttara Baokar after a long sabbatical.
The palaces, grandeur and beauty of Rajasthan is captured aesthetically. The costumes, language and the background score compliment to the authentic feeling. A few might complain about the pace of the movie though.
The movie reminds me of Manthan and Mirch Masala and if this movie was made a decade ago, it would had Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi.
Bottomline:: Extremely surreal experience
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