10 November 2017 | drprashantjmd
While giving points to a movie I ask myself "what was wrong" and then deduct the points but in this movie I couldn't.
Movies address social problems and offer solutions to them, at times oversimplified ones and these have to be dealt with in a span of 100-150 mins. This movie deals with dowry, women emancipation, arrange marriages and patriarchy. These are the problems a director faces and yet has to choose whether to entertain the viewers or sermonize them. While choosing to do the former Ratna Sinha leaves a simple message (I am not sure if she meant to): don't fight with these problems, transcend them! All the characters have looked beyond a particular stereotype, scores a 100% there. It didn't seem as if any of them were after justifying any ideology or dogma or preconceived notion, they were just guided by the demands of the situation. They just were, and did justice to there characters. The movie opens convincingly. The guy and gal are both apprehensive of the prospects but then they get along emphatically. There is humor. There is romance, honest and of an innocent kind. Then there is reality interspersed, about dowry-bargaining and the modicum of its acceptance, a sister trying to help; a mother keeping traditions- even if wrong. Another mother breaking them for her daughter. Both fathers fighting for there honor and the best for their children. First half ends with the girl running away minutes before her marriage but not without feeling for the groom. Second half begins with the possibility of revenge but the whole idea is passe. Hence the writer did well to avoid an all-out vengeful scenario. A scene or two may seem a little odd for the charade but in hindsight 'Sattu', in love as he was in, couldn't have disclosed his intentions for the sake of the plot of the movie. Rao's acting is great. Kriti's is superb. She looks like the dream- girl through and through and in addition is honest and unegotistical- unlike men- for the entire duration. In fact one should laud her for, what others may call- even if exceptionally- a stretched ending. She is the one who portrays love, unconditional love, in this period. All in all this movie is a great watch except for those bitter in love. Shaadi mein zaroor jana!