26 July, 2021

I Am

Has something that most contemporary, uber-slick Bollywood flicks lack--quietude and calm. It's a world of thoughtful pauses than a furious pace.

I Am

Starring: Nandita Das, Purab Kohli, Anurag Basu, Manav Kaul, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Suri, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Bose
Directed by Onir
Rating: ***

Onir’s new film has something that most uber-slick Bollywood flicks lack—quietude and calm. It’s a world of thoughtful pauses. The tone is set by a lovely song in the opening credits—Bangur jaisi duniya. The quartet of stories catches varied characters at crucial, defining moments in their lives. They have all been betrayed by circumstances or people close to them and desperately need to piece together their fractured, sensitive souls. Onir situates the stories in specific cities—Calcutta, Srinagar, Bangalore, Bombay—and plays unapologetically with a mix of languages—Bengali, Kashmiri, Kannada. The...

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