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AHALYA: History deconstructed but with ample dozes of seduction and mystique



July 22, 2015 7:30:06 PM IST
By Nalin Rai, Glamsham Editorial
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From the time he gave KAHANI to the fans of Hindi cinema, Sujoy Ghosh has continued to mesmerize and he continues the saga with his latest offering AHALYA which has been released under the banner of Large Short Films and continues to entice the audience and the viewership for the same is increasing with every passing hour. Sujoy Ghosh has through AHALYA underlined the fact that he is indeed the master of mystique and has whetted the appetite of the audience for more.

RADHIKA APTE
RADHIKA APTE IN AHALYA

The film has been released on social media and it has gained widespread recognition and eyeballs of the proportions that may not have been possible were this short film had been released in a movie hall. The success of AHALYA has underlined the fact that as a filmmaker one need not feel despaired if one is not getting screen to display the films, the options have really opened up through the medium of internet and AHALYA could be a major watershed moment for the world of cinema in recent times.

AHALYA as a character of history who was waiting for redemption for her sins through the hands of Lord Ram morphs into a new identity through the hands of Sujoy Ghosh, an identity that is shot through and through with seduction, and the concomitant dangers of falling into the trap of lust. It underlines the fact that while it always is tempting to travel the path of seduction, the pitfalls also have to be factored in.
 
Radhika Apte as the Ahalya in contact lenses is seduction personified and the way the camera caresses her feminine form as she strolls around the house, all way up through the stairs, indeed is too tempting a charm not to fall for it. But when one falls then it could also mean that one could turn into stone after the physical relationship has been consummated.

The choice of Soumitra Chatterjee as the husband of AHALYA is a subtle pointer to the fact that the husband wife team is on a hunt, hunt to satiate the physical demands of the wife, which an old man may not be in a position to fulfill, but then to maintain a supposed cloak over the relationship, the male becomes a part of stone age.

Through AHALYA, Sujoy Ghosh perhaps wishes to show mirror to the society about the way the physical relationships are happening and how the paradigms have changed from the original AHALYA to the modern AHALYA- the original AHALYA being turned into stone after having fallen for lust and waiting for redemption at the hands of Lord Ram, while the modern AHALYA continues to revel in lust and converts the encounters into stone, but with a difference - there is no Lord Ram for redemption.

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