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Soch Lo review: A delicious surprise

Soch Lo review: A delicious surprise

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 30 August 2010

Movie Title

Soch Lo review: A delicious surprise

Director

Sartaj Singh Pannu

Star Cast

Sartaj Singh Pannu, Himanshu Kohli, Barkha Madan, Iris Maity

No one was expecting much of this small film. But it turned out be the week?s pleasant surprise.

A man is washed ashore with no recollection of how he got there or who he is. He meets Harry (Himanshu Kohli) and Pali (Barkha Madan), a brother-sister duo, who are moved by his amnesia. When they give him a lift - this unidentified man in tattered clothes - they?re amused by his request for music.

Further down, they meet a couple of sleazy cops. Pali gets into a scuffle with them, and when they start using abusive language, the unidentified man, now named Baba Adam by his new friends, knocks them out cold.

The impressed brother and sister decide to use him in an ugly scuffle over ancestral land. In doing so, he gets his head smashed with a hammer. Though he nearly loses his life, he also gets a bit of his memory back.

He remembers a honeymoon resort, and his newlywed bride. It?s an arranged marriage; both are understandably awkward. The girl confesses a past relationship and her present marriage under family pressure. But they develop a fondness for each other.

He remembers this and a violent attack by an unidentified person. With no recollection of his name or identity, Baba Adam, joined by Pali, now needs to find his back story and his wife. The ride thereon is interesting - taking us to mofussil India, where the locals are bizarrely resistant to any questions.

There are interesting moments here: the one where they encounter three smart-alecks at a dhaba, the dynamics between the brother-sister?s tense relationship, and the fresh, new, and deep friendship between Baba and Pali.

You savour these moments and the cleverly-written characters, except that the impact is dulled by a slow pace. While the treatment exudes subtle style and confidence, there are portions where the storytelling gets unsure and wobbly.

The incidents in the film appear staccato, and the inability of these chapters to blend forms a disconnect in the story. There are immersing moments in the film, but their transitions are tad abrasive.

The title of the film commits a huge disservice reflecting neither the drama nor the film?s deliciously coarse texture.

Lead actor Sartaj Singh Pannu, who is also the producer-writer-director of this enterprise, gives an understated, interesting rendering of the character. Barkha Madan (Bhoot, Samay), who plays Pali is impressive. Her character is complex, full of fire and straightforward naivet?, and Madan does full justice.

Iris Maity is suited to the character of the confused girl torn between a tumultuous love affair and the stability of marriage with a ?nice man?.

Soch Lo?s crew belts out notable work in the form of dialogue, music, background score and cinematography (all talented first-timers). Forgive a few flaws, and this original indie film could be your pick this week.

Rating: 3 stars

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