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Atrangi Re | Bollywood Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Aanand L Rai | Film Companion


Over 1 million cinema lovers have already subscribe to film companion. What are you waiting for? hit the bell icon and join our film family. The thing to admire about director Ananda LRI and writer Himanshu Sharma is that they're always willing to go out on a limb in their attempt to create soaring sweeping aching tales. They willfully flirt with the ridiculous like fearless trapeze artists. They don't look down to see if there is a safety net or not, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. You recall the latest collaboration zero, in which the story begins in may rot and somehow makes its way to Mars at ragi Ray has the same DNA here they concoct a love triangle which isn't what it seems. 

The story takes unexpected turns it hopscotches across the country and touches on myriad subjects including groom kidnapping in Bihar, Honour Killing mental illness magic, this film is about the transformative power of love. Arnold and Manchu celebrate the purity of the emotion and the beauty in being a trunky or eccentric. The ambition is laudable, but the result is a bit of a mess. The tone of the film veers toward fantastical, Akshay Kumar plays a magician named Sajjad whose signature trick is lighting himself on fire. Some sequences are set in a circus. 

In one scene, he's trying to make the Taj Mahal disappear. And then Himanshu aren't too interested in logic and having a character who's a conjurer gives them more leeway. The sequences with a job have a fairytale like quality. The lights and colours pop off the screen. The cinematography is by Pankaj Kumar, who also shot the stunning film but the flamboyance extends to Rinku, a fierce headstrong girl who's forcibly married off by her family to a stranger. She asks him his name the morning after Rico is impetuous and aggressive. Her introduction scene has a flinging soda bottles, but she's also lost. Her parents died when she was a little girl. She's grown up hankering for affection, her husband, Vishnu attempts to heal her scars, though the speed at which he gets over his abduction and comes to care for his new wife is startling. 

This is the story of a love so intense that it transcends notions of reality and illusion. The trouble is that the film is unable to transcend its own silliness. A subject this complex requires both sharper writing and a lighter touch. It also required a much more sophisticated understanding of mental illness. Here we get visuals for and muddle repeatedly declaring I'm a psychiatrist. I know women in one CD casually clubs together schizophrenics, patients with bipolar disorder, and others. It's an ignorant and dangerous portrayal. Though the film is centred on Sara Ali Khan. It's Donna Chu does the heavy lifting the actor expertly pulls off comedy longing, desperation, frustration and heartbreak. There is a lovely scene in which Vishnu rants to Rinko in Tamil, neither she nor many of us can understand what he's saying but his eyes reveal the depth of his feeling and his anguish. tarnish is terrific. 

Though inexplicably once again on and then Himanshu push the actor into Raja nostoc territory. At one point, Vishnu is breaking bottles on his head to prove his love, and some of it is played for comedy as his mental illness. Sara Ali Khan attacks her role with sincerity but this is a tough one to pull off. Rinku is grappling with serious issues including emotional abuse by her extended family but the firm's treatment of these issues undermines the gravity of a situation. 

Rico comes off as the love child of geek from job we met and Bobby Bartley Vala grey wall from judgemental hacker Sora also has to deliver on the glamour quotient so she dances like a dream in the fabulous choco chip song and goes through the film wearing Manish Malhotra design Langer Jolie's which give us a peek at the sculpted abs. Meanwhile, the Bihari accent comes and goes as do the expressions. In scenes of heightened emotion. Her face reveals the strain Akshay Kumar helicopters in and out of the story like a celestial saviour. 

There isn't much he has to do except turn on the elder statesman charm. And despite the big twist in the tail, there are scenes which allude to romance between him and Sarah which are uncomfortable to watch because there's a 28 year gap between these two actors the real star of a Trunki Reyes era man, his beautiful song specially raises RRC help to smooth in the many bumps of the story in zero Shahrukh Khan's character Baba Singh says surplus size they can hear they like that film here too. You can feel the makers intent and his commitment to dreaming big, but it doesn't translate you can watch ATRANGI re on Disney plus Hotstar. For more reviews like this subscribe to film companion don't forget to check out our website and companion dotnet


 

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