23 September, 2020

Marriage Made In Celluloid

Indian cinema’s ardour for Toronto has not fizzled out

PTI
Marriage Made In Celluloid
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Nearly half an hour into Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna, its protagonist Jay (Pakistani-British actor Riz Ahmed) instructs a young and naive Trishna (Freida Pinto) in the art of the bird-whistle. Jay twists his lips, slowly blowing air through the upper part of his mouth. Trishna shapes her lips in the same fashion, but alas can produce no sound. It is an innocent yet joyful scene: a magical cinematic sequence. Winterbottom, one of the most eclectic of British filmmakers, lovingly captures the playfulness of the moment as his leads—Jay, the UK-educated son of a hotelier, and Trishna, the poor girl from rural Rajasthan—overcome class differences. There is also an underlying sexual tension in the air. Situations like this make Trishna—Winterbottom’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles—a pleasure to watch.

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


More from Aseem Chhabra


Latest Magazine

September 28, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section