AkaashVani – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 27, 2013 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak
DIRECTOR – Luv Ranjan
WRITER – Luv Ranjan
MUSIC – Hitesh Sonik
CAST – Kartik Tiwari, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh Nijjar, Sana Shaikh
There are myriad shades of love, romance and relationships to explore and while Bollywood is happy running around a few superficial trees, Luv Runjan’s AkaashVani braves to go deeper.
Akaash (Kartik Tiwari) is an extrovert, gregarious Punjabi munda and Vani (Nushrat Bharucha) a shy, introverted girl from Dehradun. They meet in college and fall in sweet love. But fate or rather difficult crossroads forces them to make choices that go against their union. Vani chooses to marry a guy, Ravi (Sunny Singh Nijjar) her parents have chosen for her and suffer a love-less and violent marriage.
At the outset, the film seems like telling a love story and its resultant obstacles to the ‘happily ever-after’. But soon enough we know, it aims to delve deeper. Into the choices we make as people, the demands a relationship has on us, and the courage required in upholding our dignity.
In this brave attempt, the film becomes Vani’s story to reclaim her life. She is stuck in a bad marriage that isn’t simply arid, it is evil and dehumanizing. The diffident Vani that was unable to choose her true love is unable to stand up for herself in the face of her husband’s tyranny either. The film explores this very dual-edged tyranny of chauvinistic evil and the social conditioning women find themselves bound with eternally.
However, the film does not take the tone of a social drama of female empowerment. It becomes a character-based journey of revealing a growing up process, for if learning to stand up for yourself and choosing for yourself is not growing up then what is?
In that aspect then, the film treats its main protagonists with heart and sympathy. They are real people with real boundaries and real doubts. As much as their love is made up of sweet moments of midnight magi and cups of tea, their choices are made up with very regular human failings. Kartik Tiwari, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh perform with a conviction and heartfelt guilelessness that creates very relatable characters out of them. Something that made Luv Runjan’s debut ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ the delectable film it was.
The film takes a long route to arrive at its conclusion, beginning from Akaash and Vani’s first meeting, tender falling in love, a relationship of four years, Vani’s dysfunctional marriage and ultimate climax. It does all of that with attention to detail, never shying from resting on moments or silences and never giving into the attraction of sheer drama. Despite the somewhat forced songs, this narrative treatment carries the film through.
Premise-wise, is a rather black and white situation the film sets itself within. As much as it delves into love’s confusions it makes the enemy a decidedly criminal situation, giving the film a clichéd outcome. Had the enemy been a simply love-less marriage with a good man, the exploration of human tendencies may have been meatier. However, AkaashVani still manages to hold its head above water, where films like Agnisakshi and Daraar have tread the dramatic path before it. Just for that, it is a film worth cherishing.