One would expect Sanjay Gupta and White Feathers Films to churn out films with lots of action, slick direction and hi-tech cinematography.
White Feather Arthouse Films' PANKH does not fall in the same category. The film, a cinematic artistry, directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyay and starring Maradona Rebello, Bipasha Basu and Lilette Dubey, is quite nothing like Sanjay Gupta has made before or even any other Bollywood film.
Though it portrays the grim reality of child artistes in Bollywood, it does so in a way that no one has done before. Other than the exploitation, it talks of the psychological repercussions of a boy playing a girl artiste and vice versa. Even though mostly shot in the confines of a house or studio, the film explores the gamut of the pysche of the protagonist. Well, this is also most critics are saying about the film.
It makes the audience uncomfortable and grips them. Too bold in parts, even crude (just like the industry tends to be), Pankh is grabbing attention and decent reviews.
Debutant Maradona Rebello (who plays the protagonist, the wannabe actor Jerry) is being appreciated for his performance, and Bipasha as his alter ego Nandini with whom he shares a blow hot blow cold relation in the film, has garnered praise not only for her stunning looks but also her performance. That's quite a promising beginning for White Feathers Arthouse Films.