Producer Director: Raj Singh Chaudhary
Occupation: Kirti Kulhari, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Medha Shankar, Rajan Modi & Kay Kay Menon
Stream on: Disney Plus hot star
Rating: ** 1/2
Check by: Jyothi Venkatesh
The cute little heartwarming film is essentially about what happens when tradition meets modernity and revolves around the life of the progressive and modern pop singer Sasha (Kirti Kulhari), her fusion rock band and the regressive (traditionally read) Bhabhiji / Tanteji – Mama (played by.) Directs Nivedita Bhattacharya) a daughter (Medha Shankar) who will turn 18 one day and who will be forced to get engaged the same day when her cousin gets married. It’s about the sad state in which the overly possessive papaji (Rajan Modi) cares more about what people will say in society than about the interests of his daughter and spouse.
Though the story is as old as the mountains, the film preserves our traditional values as a boring monologue the way it was treated with finesse by writer and producer-director Raj Singh Chaudhary, despite loopholes in the script. The two different and distinctive worlds of Sasha and the lady’s mother are shaped with the fusion of rock and Rajasthani people throughout the bus ride, and there are times when your eyes water during the emotional dialogues.
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Designed with the empowerment of women in mind, the film makes it clear that women should be free to pursue any career they want to pursue, and should also drink beer when they feel like it, albeit above all in a hurry because the director doesn’t want to take a moral stand alone.
Kirti Kulhari stands out on her own as the modern, pragmatic young singer without words who leads an independent life of her own, although it’s hard to digest that she earns a cool two and a half lakh rupees a month with her membership, the band as a singer. Nivedita Bhattacharya, who can be seen on the screen after a long time, scores with her diverse talent as an actress as a mother who is sandwiched between her traditionally conservative old-fashioned husband and her modern young 17-year-old daughter.
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Medha Shankar as a cute and confused and scared daughter is a promising discovery. Rajan Modi as a father is just about okay and even in terms of her role and its dimension; he doesn’t have much leeway in the film. The less that is said about the role of Kay Kay Menon the better, as the actor has immersed himself in an insignificant role that neither does the film justice nor does it justice to himself as an actor.
On the whole, Shaadisthan is a heartwarming film with a running time of just under an hour and a half, which does not solve the problem in society in a wholesome way, because the director wants to play it safe, but is still worth watching