Director: Aparna Sen
Aparna Sen's latest offering is a forceful statement against the twin evils of communalism and casteism that plague Indian society. Indeed, so forceful is the statement that the movie often loses itself in the maze of rhetoric it spins around itself.
At the outset, a series of headlines scream out the violence of today's world. Kashmir gets juxtaposed with Jenin, Kandahar rubs shoulders with 9/11 and Gujarat. The mind-battering nature of this visual display is deliberate, and sets the pace for what is to follow—an essay in social criticism that is perhaps too self-conscious to be convincing.
Mrs Iyer—the delectable Konkona Sen Sharma—is a young bride who sets off in a bus to catch a train. Her parents ask Raja (Rahul Bose), who is travelling the same way, to 'look after' their daughter. A climate of communal clashes leads Raja to reveal to Mrs...