Masaan Review : Authentic Plot and Powerful Performance But Can Only Attract the Niche Audience
This Friday, you have a solo release, which comes in the form of Masaan. The film has been in the media into discussion for winning two awards in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year. The movie has Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi and Vineet Kumar in the lead role, while it is directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. The groups behind its production include Sikhya Entertainment in association with other groups like Phantom Films, Drishyam Films and Maccassar Productions. The story is penned by Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover, while the music comes from Indian Ocean and others. Now, let us dig deep into the film to get the gist of the same as under:
The film is set in the present day of a popular Indian state of UP’s city called Banaras wherein two seemingly different stories move together to culminate at the climax. The first story delves the life of a lady called Devi played by Richa Chadda. As the film starts, the you will find this lady and her fellow student checking in a room of a hotel in the nearby area of the city. Amidst their hot romance and love-making scene, they are being interrupted by the police followed by hurling them the charges of obscenity and getting a video confession from Devi. This then follows the blackmail session from the police to Devi and her family by the cop called Mishra who demands a huge money from the lady’s father called Vidyadhar Pathak.
The second story is of a young man called Deepak Played by Vicky Kaushal who is also from the same city having his origin from a family of untouchables. He hails from the Dom community, the one who is responsible in cleaning the toilets and excreta at different places in the town. Hence, he is not allowed to work over the Ghats of the sacred river Ganga for burning bodies over the funeral pyres. He then plans to escape from this system of marginalization. Amidst all this, he then meets a girl called Shaalu played by Shweta Tripathi. His meetings soon becomes love for the lady who comes from a higher clan the Gupta family, which bring in caste differences and creed issues, which Indian society is pitted with. Next, what happens is history and interesting to catch. The film essentially showcases the social stigma, which India is still facing despite the six long decades of liberation.
Essentially, the film Masaan is a robust and touchy human love story, which is produced with utmost care and professionalism. Hence, it is no surprise to see a crucial plot taking the right shape in the film in the form of good actors seen in the lead roles. The script is simple and straightforward, which makes the film easy to understand making it an untold colloid saga. However, at times in fact more often, its pace and penchant to underplay emotions were seen going down.
The Star Performances
Masaan is all about performances, which makes it lively. Right from Sanjay Mishra to Vineet Kumar, Richa and others, everyone seemed brilliant in this film. Sanjay was simply incredible in his character of Vidyadhar Pathak. Similarly, Vineet Kumar playing the character of a professional cremator called Doctor Chaudhary also did the best job in the film. However, Richa having a much bigger screen space was seen lagging behind in terms of delivering. More often, she remained cold in most of her scenes and sequences, though at times she even appears to be the fitting actress for the given character of Devi Pathak.
Direction, Music and Cinematography
The direction of the film has been incredible considering the novice directors like Neeraj Ghaywan. He has taken special care to shoot a film in a such way that it helped him to add authenticity in a rare story and thus was able to deliver the right element to a sensitive film like this with utter professionalism and finesse. However, the music and cinematography seemed lagging behind in many ways. At times, the music seemed synchronizing the film, which remained rooted to the subject.
Masaan- The Last Word
Masaan is essentially a non-commercial film, based on the lives of the people living in the streets of Banaras. It showcases the plight of the downtrodden people of the city and the way they are exploited to meet the vested interest of the people who remain in the power in terms of political or state machinery. It has an authentic subject, which can attract only to the discerning film audience. If you are looking for a respite from the commercial world, Masaan can be the best bet for the audience.