Kashyap, Reliance and Hiranandani bring forth their latest offering to theaters this Diwali
Tushar Hiranandani makes his debut wielding the directorial baton
A movie that closed the MAMI Festival yesterday and hit theaters today; does it deliver?
So first, let’s find out what doesn’t work?
The length of the movie slows down post Interval
- The melodramatic approach tends to obfuscate the approach this movie was trying to adapt
- It tends to veer from being a tear-jerker to a no holds barred minimalist narrative
- I guess, Hiranandani having been a writer on similar products got stuck with the approach
- The confusion also translates to the performance and production values at times
- The Music on the movie is strictly Ok; nothing worth writing home about!
- The songs might make you hum now and then, but the tunes don’t stick
Now coming to What Works?
- Saand Ki Aankh chooses to show case the strength these ladies carry in all aspects of their lives
- The narrative by the grand daughter gives an insight to the struggles of the ladies of the house
- It is fun to witness the Tomar sisters to discover their skill for sharp shooting
- The back ground score complements those scenes perfectly
- The Score also gives the movie a Tarantino-esque feel in scenes like these
- What starts as an attempt to give the daughters a better life translates to self discovery
- The Dialogues by Jagdeep Sidhu are incisive, razor sharp and border between wittiness and cutting edge insults
- They are down right effective in certain scenes while in other’s they induce that odd tear or two
- The screen play stays conventional
- The first half remains breezy and entertaining
- The shenanigans of the Daadi’s and the Daughters is fun to witness
The performances are the strongest suit of this movie
- The overall cast does justice including Vineet Kumar Singh
- He gives a supporting act that truly complements the lead performances
- Prakash Jha as the Patriarch of the Tomar Family is amazing
- He gives a truly vile performance
- In doing so, he ends up being the poster boy of Indian Patriarchy
- The statement above in itself is supposed to be a Compliment
- Coming to the lead actors now, well what can I say?
- P&P (Pannu and Pednekar) literally carry this movie on their shoulders
- They are convincing as the Daadi’s who discover life for themselves and their daughters
- Their attempts to fight all traditions and conventions is truly commendable
- Those ruses and tricks that wants them to keep pushing the barrier is what elicits that odd tear or two
- Both Pannu and Pednekar complement each other rather than out shine each other
- This works for them as their combined excitement is what keeps us glued to our seats
- In certain scenes, they are down right hilarious
- Their approach to adapting the mannerisms, quirks and dialects is spot on
The Final Act is a Cracker Jack of a Show
- That sequence itself deserves all the claps and whistles possible
- This Act is meant to be a Big Fuck You to Patriarchy
- It does manage to do that rightly so!
- And, A Big Fuck You to Patriarchy is essential
So, the Verdict?
Despite certain flaws, this Saand Ki Aankh deserves to be seen for:
- Pannu, Pednekar and Jha’s electrifying performances
- The Crisp Narrative and Searing Dialogues
- A Breezy First Half
- A Reminder that Women were, are and will always be the reason why we EXIST
I request all of you Cinema Going Audiences to forgo House full Theaters for something Made in China and focus on this Saand Ki Aankh!