Kirti Kulhari’s laudable act and pot-boiling dialogues make Indu Sarkar influential
Bollywood awareness camp continues and this time it narrates a story that needed to be told.
And who better than Madhur Bhandarkar to deliver a muckraker film.
Based on the 21-month period of emergency across country imposed by the then PM Indira Gandhi between 1975 and 1977, the plot of the film looked ultra-intriguing as per the trailer.
A fire-igniting trailer and so much buzz about the movie, the movie too ended up good but we expected blood-boiling-interesting.
Watch it If you like -
To become aware about a dark chapter in history, Execution is good, Backdrop is both captivating and interesting
But Beware of -
Could have been or needed to be more hard-hitting, Needed a more aggressive story, Couldn’t deliver any impact
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If a system is going otherwise, the film maker Madhur Bhandarkar is here to show the truth. And he always does that with the best forms of presentation, treatment, and execution.
At the same time, his scripts are brave and extraordinary too.
Bu this he wavered. The attempt is brave and intent is commendable, but the script is dull. The message that comes out is good, government should lead not dictate be it from the past or present, and that only the common man suffers when government does the latter.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenplay)
We will not get into whether the film had some political intention or not. But we can tell you this, the trailer had the ‘best’ stuff from the movie.
With such a cut-throat trailer, the movie should have been complementing. It should have shown the intolerable rule during the emergency period with an unforgettable film and never-ending impact.
It showed all the brutal happenings during that period, the portrayal was effective but couldn’t make an impression that’d last. The film just didn’t dwell much into its background and focused more on a woman’s story. It didn’t even once take names of the leaders of that period (which is obvious why).
Yes, may be woman’s story is all it was about but even that part misses hard hitting punches. What we think the film needed, to show more incidents and not just depend on dialogues and acting. Basically, the script is good, but coming from Madhur Bhandarkar and given the subject, it needed to be ‘great’, be it highlighting emergency or keeping it as a background.
Both halves were good, you keep waiting for things to turn great but they maintain their ‘good’ throughout.
Having said all of that, the narration and execution were great. The editing was good except in one song. The dialogues beyond superb, pace slow but manageable and overall this Sarkar did pull praise, especially when you see the protagonist onscreen.
And wait, what a smart title, a title that says the story of a common woman named Indu and that of government’s rule with just two words.
Kirti Kulhari as Indu Sarkar is tremendous. She not only carries her role but the weight of the whole film. Without her role, especially her performance, the film would have had no volume.
Tota Roy Chowdhury as Navin Sarkar is superb. You start hating him as a husband, he puts so much reality into his role. So is Satyajit Sharma, the actor makes an impression right from the first scene with his influential voice and act. Manav Vij, this actor always makes his presence felt no matter how short or long his role is, another actor with not only influential voice quality but tremendous acting.
Neil Nitin Mukesh as Sanjay Gandhi, hats off to the make-up artist, first. Then, even the actor didn’t leave any stone unturned to make an instant impression. Great job.
Anupam Kher was good in his short role, his role needed more length for the film to have been more forthright.
Supriya Vinod as Indira Gandhi, convincing, so much so that you will remember even her 10 second scene. Parvin Dabas was nice.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
Songs are decent and unnecessary. Even Chadta Sooraj, no matter how thoughtfully relevant to the film, needed chops. Ye Awaz is the only song that was nice, it formed the perfect background score.
Nirnay (FilmyCury Verdict)
The film isn’t trying to be commercial, we will give it that credit. It stayed believable sans an eye-catching or irrelevant drama. But we missed a rebellious streak in the film.
You may go see this one if you are a history or political enthusiast.