The Great Indian Butterfly review: A regular fairytale

The Great Indian Butterfly review: A regular fairytale

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 02 April 2010

Movie Title

The Great Indian Butterfly review: A regular fairytale


Sarthak Dasgupta

Star Cast

Aamir Bashir, Sandhya Mridul, Koel Puri, Shibani Kashyap, Barry John

This is the great Indian city couple ? stressed beyond endurance levels, bickering, moping about their non-existent intimacy, and going on a holiday to work things out.

So we see Krish (Aamir Bashir ? A Wednesday, Frozen) and Meera (Sandhya Mridul ? Hum Tum aur Ghost, Page 3) fighting; they?ve missed their flight and are on a blame-trip. We?re trying to pick who we side with; it?s almost impossible. Their consistent fighting all through their car drive to Goa is interesting at first; but then, that?s all that happens throughout the first half (the film is less than two hours in running time).

Come to think of it, that?s all we get to see throughout the film. Koel Puri is brought in for a cameo as Krish?s former love. Somewhere, there are flashbacks about Krish and Meera?s abortion. Meera aborts the baby over her blossoming career and now, (this is unintentionally hilarious for its warped hyper-morality), hears infant cries out of nowhere.

On a parallel track is Krish?s pursuit of finding a particular valley housing the Great Indian Butterfly, a species that we?re told also finds a mention in the Mahabharata. The film brings in psychobabble about a butterfly told through a man (Barry John) reminiscing his lost love.

These portions, brought in intermittently, are meant to give the couple?s story perspective, but ends up terribly boring. If there is any covert symbolism attached to this pursuit, one is not interested in deciphering it. The overt connotation is that happiness is a rare insect and that the Valley is a state-of-mind is hardly stirring.

The film is in English, so you have the two talented actors Aamir Bashir and Sandhya Mridul talking clumsily in that one language. Most city folks talk in Hinglish (that delicious concoction of Hindi and English); and restricting the characters? conversation in just one language is odd.

The dialogue too is cumbersome and over-written; when read it sounds rehearsed and staccato. Sample some of the conversations, `would you like some tea? (no one talks this formally to a spouse); and adding a `well? before the spoken sentence. Unexpectedly, the songs are truly enjoyable with one sung by Ghulam Ali.

Debut writer-director Sarthak Dasgupta?s film releases after two years in the waiting. It appears that Dasgupta has a point to make with the film (even bickering, disillusioned couples have a chance); but this thought can?t sustain itself through the film?s running time.

Nothing really happens in the film where the couple fights for the most part, separates, and rethinks their actions. The film needed more. For in the end, it?s just a regular fairytale of a film masquerading as a modern one.

Verdict: One and a half stars

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