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Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (2012)

Where would you be if your mother was not allowed to be born?

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A well-heeled family from tony neighborhood of New Delhi travels from the city through dusty roads that lead into the village in Haryana, far out and buried in the debris of the past. Shreya, the tomboy of the family, finally arrives at her father's village for the first time during her vacations, that too after coaxing her father, Dev, to the best of her abilities. She and her brother, Sam, had, in their imagination, spun the village right out of a fairytale, replete with streams, lakes and grasslands that will allow them to run free. But all they find are dusty alleys, dried up ponds and hostile playmates until they spin their magic and befriend this unknown place, especially some of its people, like the Pehelwan and the gang of kids led by Ajithe. The story revolves around Shreya and Sam's adventures and misadventures which turn this dull place bereft of water into a land of enchantment, mischief and a million exciting exploits. But unknown places have many secrets, and here too, ... Written by Jalpari

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The desert mermaid had right intention to portray the message
8 June 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Female foeticide is a plague to Indian society and this practice has been followed for quite sometime. Jalpari- The desert mermaid focuses on the scum and brings out a very relevant subject.

A doctor goes back to his village to open a hospital to treat poor and needy people. During the visit , his elder daughter discovers a fatal secret of the village which is going to change the future.

Directed by Nila Madhab Panda ( I am Kalam), Jalpari is based on the harsh reality prevalent in North India where female child is still considered as liability to her family. Hats off to Nila for handling the bold subject with aplomb. Writing is skillful . However , it is screenplay which acts as a bottleneck in the movement of the film. The pace becomes slow and loose editing makes it worse. Performances by Parvin Dabbas and other star cast is just about OK. Music is off the track. Cinematography and dialogs are just fine.

Jalpari- The desert mermaid had right intention to portray the message. Above average 2.5/5


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