From the failure of Bombay Velvet to the appreciation of Badlapur, 2015 has been a crazy year for Bollywood. Supposed Bollywood´s blockbusters such as Shaandar and Roy collapsed, whereas low-budgeted films like NH10 and Piku did wonders. Regardless, the one clear indicator of a good movie has now (thankfully) become good content. And it’s obvious that highly-paid actors, grand locations, and glamorous costumes don’t guarantee that the movie will reap in profits at the box office. Bollywood’s audience has finally begun to appreciate the art of storytelling. And as the award season begins, Masala gives readers a taste of who we would honour in different categories.
By Suvit Singhsachakul
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One for high school and one for university. They regale us with their educational and personal insights, and life-changing experiences overseas. And, when asked, both agree they would do it all over again.
Inspired by a true story, Chauranga retells the incident of a Dalit mother and her two young children scorned by villagers because of their low caste. Dhaniya (Tannishtha Chatterjee) works as a maid for Dhaval (Sanjay Suri), a shrewd and arrogant landowner who abuses her both physically and emotionally. Her youngest son Santu (Soham Maitra) yearns to go to school like his older brother Bajrangi (Riddhi Sen), but is left to take care of a pig, as he refuses to touch the feet of his mother’s benefactor Dhaval. Santu’s only escape is to sit atop a Jamun tree everyday and watch his crush Mona (Ena Saha), Dhaval’s daughter, pass by. This innocent crush leads to a tragedy that ends the film on a dark note, exposing the ills of India’s existing caste system.
Directed by: Bikas Ranjan Mishra | Starring: Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Soham Maitra, Riddhi Sen | Music by: Vivek Philip | Release Date: Jan 8th
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