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Goodnight Goodmorning: Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 20, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Sudhish Kamat
DIRECTOR – Sudhish Kamat
WRITER – Sudhish Kamat, Shilpa Rathnam
CAST – Manu Narayan, Seema Rehmani, Vasanth Santosham, Raja Sen, Abhishek D Shah

As sages, legends and wisdom have always said love is random to find and easy to lose. Yet the more number of times we lose it the less capable we remain to nourish it. Goodnight Good Morning, in its own gentle manner, soul-bares two fragile people, Turiya (Manu Narayan) and Moira (Seema Rehmani) who accidentally meet in a bar and then spend an entire night on phone talking. This chat, innocuous flirting at first, leads them through the eight stages of relationships – The Icebreaker. The Honeymoon. The Reality Check. The Break-up. The Patch-up. The Confiding. The Great Friendship & The Killing Confusion.

Experimental in approach, the film is black and white and presented as a split-screen conversation between the two. All along jazz music plays in the background never letting us forget the film is about love, the finding, losing, keeping, gaining and searching of it.

The film is cosy even though a tad claustrophobic. It is assured of its characters and peels them layer by layer through the conversation they have. It’s with a piquant observation of urban, contemporary ideas and experiences of love in men and women that the film explores its characters. There may be little insight about relationships but the tightness of characterisation help us go along Turiya and Moira’s journey effortlessly. It however, leaves a gap in exploring the said stages with depth making the explanation of the same seem forced.There is also the spoofs in between that become inconsistent with the mood of the entire film, not helping it go anywhere. Similarly, the gang of friends become a less-than-useful baggage as well.

Although it is a singularly dialogue-oriented film, it cries out to be more visually imaginative. It pulls us into engaging with the smart-n-sexy Moira and soft-n-sugary Turiya from the start. They are opposites and they attract. There is sharp and easy camaraderie in their ice-breaker phase that effortlessly leads into us eagerly asking the ever-important question – what next? Their conversation is verbose and unfortunately limited by a visual style that makes the viewing auditory than the actual sensual experience to is. The singular split-screen with only close-ups and mid-shots, especially profiles to help do not let us explore the characters in our minds visually, which the narrative badly makes us want to do.

The film rallies on, on the steam of some sharp writing and absorbing performances of the lead pair. Manu Narayan’s guy-next-door Turiya, the consummate believer in true and everlasting love makes a solid contrast for the exquisite Seema Rehmani as Moira.Together, the pair pull the somewhat difficult film off-the-ground into a satisfying experience. It may not be brilliant but if you have known love closely, the film has the power to make you love or hate love, depending on your experience with it.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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