I watched this movie because everyone was talking about it a few years ago, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much from it. Two of the three main characters are disabled, and the average Bollywood film tends to be less PC than the average Hollywood film when it comes to the portrayal of disabled characters–and we all know that your average Hollywood film could stand to do better. So like I said, I wasn’t expecting much, but I gave it a try, because seemingly *everyone* was talking about this movie in 2012.
And deservedly so. While it’s by no means perfect, it really did deserve all of the accolades it got. Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are both amazing in their roles, and the story itself manages to not stray into sentimentality while letting the characters be full and complete and above all else dignified human beings. It really far, far exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend it.
The plot is really too complex to sum up, and this is a movie where a lengthy summation of events really will spoil the film, but there’s at least one untimely death, a kidnapping, some baby goats, dancing, Family Drama, a really amazing amount of superb physical comedy, and you’ll probably tear up at the end unless you have a rock in place of a heart. It’s really a charming and delightful film. And there is stellar acting. Really truly.
I don’t usually post trailers, as they can be very misleading, but this one really does give you a good idea what the film is like. The score is obviously very heavily influenced by Amélie, and if you like that sort of quirky film, you’d probably like this one too. (It takes places in the Himalayas and Calcutta in the 70s, if you were wondering.)
Source: Netflix, but I have since bought my own copy