Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Sairat, a commercial hit, a bad film because it has no artistic merit and it pretends to be different from the mainstream, masala movie
The character of Archita Patil, played by Rajguru, the girl who is shy and bold, feminine and tomboyish, is the staple of film heroines in general. So she riding a Bullet to the school or the tractor through the village makes one smile, but it lacks originality of any kind. In comparison, Mahi Singh carrying the mattress on a bicycle to a field in Anurag Kashyap's Dev D is far more interesting.
The film has lively songs and it is carried on the shoulders of the 15-year-old Rajguru. She personifies playfulness and passion in full measure, something which has not been on display since Divya Bharati.
Sairat is a lovely ordinary movie despite its unnecessary length, virtuoso photography which is quite ostentatious and does not really add a whit to the authenticity of the film.
The problem with Sairat is not the film itself, but all those ignoramuses who had burst into hyperbole in describing the movie. There is a crisis in film criticism in India. All those who want to be film critics in India must be made to watch mainstream, masala Tamil films so that they understand the innovations in concept and execution that are taking plce in India.
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