Saturday, 5 April 2014

Film Review - Jal

Kutch Kutch Hota Hain

Film: Jal
Cast: Purab Kohli, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Saidah Jules
Directed by: Girish Malik
Duration: 2 hrs 6 mins
Rating: * *
Jal directed by Girish Malik strives to be different from the ‘commercial cinema’ by telling an offbeat story set in the Rann of Kutch, one of the most deserted places in the country. But the outcome of the film is least satisfactory as it ends up neither being artistically different nor does it have any entertainment value. How the film made it to Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival is a mystery but that is a subject for another day. 

It has some beautiful visuals and captures Kutch in all its glory and also has Shubha Mudgal's mellifluous voice, but that is not enough to save the film.  Bakka (Purab Kohli) specializes in discovering the spot on the ground where water, which is extremely scarce there, can be found. A firang girl (Saidah Jules) Russian to be precise lands there to do some research on the flamingoes (no connection but it reminded me of the tacky but hilarious and now a cult classic film of the 70’s, Pink Flamingoes).

Anyway, so Bakka falls for the damsel from the rival village (Kriti Kulhari) while the local belle (Tannishtha Chatterjee) falls for him leading to severe consternation between him and the villagers. Meanwhile an Indo-foreign venture keeps digging borewells to find water. 

The plot is quite muddled – It is not clear if the film is meant to be a personal story of Bakka,his love life, water crisis in Kutch or environmental protection. Even though the intentions were right, the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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