In the Shadows
- 1h 57min
The film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.The film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.The film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.
Khadoos(Bajpayee) lives in the shabby,claustrophobic lanes of Old Delhi.The ugly,dull lanes reflect his activities,he doesn't follow any calendars,hardly comes out of his home,and watch his neighbors via some CCTVs he attached unknowingly to them.One day he overhears some little boy getting abused by his father ,(that family shares the same wall with Khadoos) and this turns out to be a regular phenomenon. Khadoos decides to save the boy from the clutches of his father and thus reuniting the human connection he lost somewhere in the past.All the above traits give Khadoos a creepy,peculiar look in your mind ,doesn't it?then just see in the poster or in the trailer look at Manoj Bajpayee,his insomniac eyes,his torn dress,his gibberish way of talking,you will be stunned by his physical transformation for this Indie film.A true artist,Manoj Bajpayee delivers another performance which is enough to make anyone spellbound.If i say more about him,I will involuntarily give spoilers.
Neeraj Kabi is rough as an abusive father and a unfaithful husband .He makes his character the most hated one by his vigilant acting.
Shahana Goswami is the most sympathetic character playing the role of the wife of Neeraj Kabi,gentle and kind to her children and always in fear that her husband might lose his cool and beat her and their children.Every frame she is in you can feel her pain,her fear,her unconditional love to her family.
Ranvir Shorey plays the role of the only friend of Khadoos ,which he has ,as always, done with perfection.The child artists are spontaneous and quite good in their roles.
The photography is top notch,the way old Delhi is captured-lifeless alleys,the worn out houses are vividly haunting and you will never even want any day to pay a visit there. The shadow of hopelessness is disturbing in those ghostly existence.
The sound design fits perfectly and increases the discomfort of watching this film.The movie is difficult to bear with for popcorn movie lovers.Dipesh Jain in his debut has shown his caliber of film making.
- May 1, 2019