Many times we get so occupied with our work, friends and other commitments that we don't have time for our own family. Without our knowledge, this causes a rift between our family members and us. It sometimes takes a film to make one realise this fact and FOR REAL is one such film.
It beautifully tackles familial issues with maturity. It brings to light the complications faced by a family through the eyes of a little child and does that poignantly. FOR REAL is intriguing, heart wrenching and above all, it makes you pause and think.
Debutante director Sona Jain narrates a sensitive story with lot of heart. She maturely describes the insightful story which is very real and relatable. She doesn't veer into the territory of getting preachy, yet conveys her message with precision.
FOR REAL is about a six-year-old girl Shruti, (Zoya Hassan) who thinks an alien has replaced her mother Priya (Sarita Choudhury) and her mother has gone to the Orion Galaxy. Her brother Paras (Sriharsh Sharma) propels her belief. Shruti's father Ravi (Adil Hussain) is too busy with work to pay her attention. Priya's strange and morose behaviour doesn't help at all. Her belief that an alien has replaced her mom is so strong that she refuses to eat home food, thinking it has been poisoned by the alien.
Dr. Deepak Choudhury (Sameer Dharmadhikari) is called to resolve Shruti's trauma. Will she get her 'real' mother back and will things get back to normal is what the film is about.
Although the issue of differences between husband-wife is not new, it's the execution of Sona Jain that makes all the difference. The film shows the adverse consequences of it on the psychology of children. Its unexpected climax is disquieting.
However, Priya's decision to leave everything behind and move to London to chase her dreams is bizarre. The film's editing (Amitabh Shuka and Julie Carr) being on the slower side is a deterrent. Music by Zakir Hussain is pleasing to the ears.
The film scores high on the performances front. KAMA SUTRA girl Sarita Choudhury once again proves her acting finesse. She plays her part of a saddened mother to perfection. Adil Hussain gives a very restrained and poised performance. The kids are stupendous. Zoya Hassan as the disturbed girl is excellent. Sriharsh Sharma is good too. Sameer Dharmadhikari is decent.
Poignant, sensitive and disturbing, FOR REAL is a 'real' good film. Don't miss it!