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Raincoat (2004)

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All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love.

Director:

Rituparno Ghosh

Writers:

Rituparno Ghosh (original dialogue), O. Henry (adapted from the story "Gift of Magi")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ajay Devgn ... Manoj 'Mannu'
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Neerja 'Neeru' (as Aishwarya Rai)
Annu Kapoor ... Landlord
Mouli Ganguly ... Sheela
Pradip Adhikari Pradip Adhikari
Kailash Koppikar Kailash Koppikar
Kameshwar Mishra Kameshwar Mishra
Dilip Patra Dilip Patra
Surekha Sikri ... Manoj's mom
Sameer Dharmadhikari ... Alok (as Sammeer)
Gulzar ... Poetry (voice)
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Storyline

An unemployed Manoj (alias Manu) is told by his mother that they need some money for his sister's forthcoming marriage, and he sets out to find some. For this purpose, he visits his former Calcutta-based girlfriend, Neerj alias Neeru, whom he was to marry, but who preferred to marry someone wealthier, in Calcutta. He rings the doorbell, and the door is answered by Neerja herself, and he is invited inside. They talk and update each other on their lives. Neerja puts on Manoj's raincoat, so she could go out and buy something to cook for him. She warns him not to open the door nor let anyone in. After Neerja leaves a man knocks on the door, and requests entry into the house to use the toilet. Manoj opens the door and lets the male use the facilities. When this male finishes his business, he refuses to leave, and sits and talks with Manoj. It is during this conversation that Manoj finds out the stark truth behind Neerja, her husband, and their married life. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

One afternoon can prove to be greater than a lifetime

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 December 2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Milosne klamstwa See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

SVF Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Rituparno Ghosh's first Hindi film. See more »

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Version of The Gift of Love (1978) See more »

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Rainy Circumstance brings Old memories
21 July 2007 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Ghosh brilliantly tells the simple story of two former lovers reunited by a rainy circumstance. He doesn't waste our time and money nor his money on useless subplots, unnecessary outdoor locations or irrelevant props. Through a simple story, he makes one think of complicated issues and circumstances that bring us together or drive us away from one another.

'Raincoat' can also be seen as a character study. Manoj and Nirja's characters are very well written. As we compare both the characters in flashback and present time, we see that Manoj hasn't changed much in the years while Nirja hides her guilt but at the same time longs for Manoj. Nirja's the one who's changed. The two characters try their best to mask their present dilemmas by pretending to be happy with their respective lives but they just know one another too well and eventually discover the truth. Rain too plays an important role. It is a rainy day that brings the two lost people together yet it also plays a symbolic role that echos Nirja and Manoj's secret.

A film like this requires great acting and sadly neither Ajay nor Aishwarya are up to this mark. Ajay Devgan tries to deliver a sincere performance (but he doesn't seem to get into the character unlike in his best works e.g. 'Zakhm' and 'Company'). Aishwarya Rai delivers her finest work to date but like Devgan she too seems to have some difficulty playing her character and she doesn't quite get the Bengali Bao as Tabu did in 'The Namesake' or Rani did in 'Hey Ram'. Yet, she seems to do her best and one should appreciate that effort. However, it is Annu Kapoor as the sneaky landlord who steals the show and somewhat makes up for the shortcomings. In a brief role, he is a knockout. Supporting performances are fine especially especially the actress who plays the friend's wife.

Shobha Mudgal's mesmerizingly mysterious voice adds more to the quality of the mood and sound effect is very... effective. All in all, this is Ghosh's piece and he deserves most credit for putting O. Henry's work so delicately but brightly on screen. It is the writing that makes the characters rich and interesting. Definitely a rainy day flick, but one that may not appeal to all.


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