Review : Masaan (Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadda)
Release date : July 24, 2015
bollywood3.com Rating : 4/5
Director : Neeraj Ghaywan
Producer : Drishyam Films, Phantom Films
Music Director : Indian Ocean
Starring : Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadda
With not much promotions backing the film, Maasan has been in the news for its sheer content. The movie directed by debutante Neeraj Ghaywan stars Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi and Bhagwan Tiwari. The film which has also won an award at the Cannes film Festival has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
The movie basically tells two separate stories of Devi Pathak (Richa Chadda) and Deepak Chaudhary (Vicky Kaushal). Devi, who herself is a student falls for a guy of her class. Everything goes well until she is caught red handed with a fellow student in a shady hotel by inspector Mishra (Bhagwan Tiwari) and her life changes after that. Mishra now starts to blackmail Devi and her father (Sanjay Mishra).
On the other hand, Deepak, who earns his living by working on the ghats of Ganga falls in love with Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi) belonging to the upper class. Their love is against the norms of the society. How Devi and Deepak get out of their respective miseries without trouble forms the rest of the story.
Just like some of you, I too was extremely eager to watch the film for the huge of amount praises it has been gaining from the film industry and its huge word of mouth publicity. And I surely got delivered what was expected out of this marvel. The movie is unique and dares to catch the true essence of some of the towns in India.
One of very best parts of the film is its amazing star cast. Not that they require any praises, but yes, they have all done a marvellous job. Richa Chadda is confident and charismatic in every scene.
Sanjay Mishra lends good support and is extremely expressive. Vicky and Shweta look fresh and act surprisingly well. A few scenes including Richa being caught in a hotel by Bhagwan are amazingly realistic.
The main point here is that the film wont really be able to impress our masala audiences. Its content is dark and daringly true, that not many people will be able to take it as intended. Another thing here is that the film somewhat slows down by the second half.
Neeraj, who has earlier assisted Anurag Kashyap in his movies, really couldn’t have asked for a better directorial debut than Masaan. He is extremely talented and his style of helming is poetic. He very well focuses on some very small aspects of a small towns in India, which are extremely shocking.
The cinematography is awesome as the camera very well covers even the small aspects of Indian towns and their good as well as bad aspects. The music album by Indian ocean is out of this world and blends well with the scenes. The track Mann Kasturi is flawless and will stay with you even after the movie. The editing of the film is excellent.
On a whole, Masaan is another successful attempt to showcase the harsh realities of India and their people. Superb performance by Richa Chadda and Vicky Kaushal are huge assets. The movie may have its flaws but it is a must watch for its daring content and super strong emotions.
bollywood3.com Rating : 4/5
Reviewed by Neha Prashar Gupta