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An Open Letter To A Viewer
March 27, 2014 12:50:26 PM IST updated April 9, 2014 10:48:19 AM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
A movie titled LAKSHMI released last Friday. What was interesting about the movie was that the producers did not go overboard with their 'in-your-face' promotions. Sometimes, rather, at most times, it (these promotions) can get nauseating.
We have actors talking about their boyfriends and girlfriends and break-ups and anything else they think will shock the reader. Sometimes, I believe, the actors don't want to give out such details but I believe 'marketing' and the 'allotted budget' demands this.
Just recently we had the bosom of an 'import-artiste' being thrust on to our faces from print to internet to huge posters to what have you...
It did not help much because that movie bombed. Just bosom alone is not enough to titillate an intelligent viewer like you. You are obviously looking for more-content as well as intent.
We did not hear anything about the lead actress in LAKSHMI who is also a singer. We were not treated to her past romances or recent link-ups. Neither was there a quiz on her, to know her better like we had for the recent 'import-actress'. For the record her name is Monali Thakur and she gave a fabulous performance (read review).
With her wide eyes and body language, she transfers her plight and fright onto you as a viewer. She takes you through her ordeal. Her performance is very real. It scares you.
In fact the movie in itself is what genius is made of. It deals with a very real issue in a very real manner with director Nagesh Kukunoor taking no shortcuts in diluting the real atmosphere prevalent in an issue like this. The movie is on human trafficking.
It's a movie that anyone over 18 years of age needs to watch, unless of course, cinema of this caliber is not your forte or if you are not able to stomach such 'detailed' visual description.
Nagesh as a filmmaker has done a service to society by bringing on screen a topic which not everyone will be comfortable with. We need more filmmakers like him.
At the same time, we also need the producers backing these films to know that a little publicity, cleanly executed, the normal, routine way will not be bad.
As a film critic, I was 'stoned' with LAKSHMI. It is a 'must-watch' film. If you are reading this, dear viewer, do watch this movie. It's not often that a film like this comes out of Bollywood.
And after you have seen the movie, do ensure that you make an attempt to tell at least one person [if not three] to go watch it!
Let's celebrate Nagesh Kukunoor and Monali Thakur and the entire cast and crew of this fabulous product.
God Bless You Martin D'Souza (This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)