Mr & Mrs Iyer
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Saturday 28 December 2002
Mr & Mrs Iyer
Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma
Rating : * * * *
After long comes a sensible film that is sure to touch the heart of every viewer with its emotional sensitivity and simple narrative. Aparna Sen?s Mr & Mrs Iyer is a Hindu-Muslim love-story set amidst the most unsettling riots and leaves an indelible impact due to superb performances from the lead cast, Konkana Sen and Rahul Bose.
The film starts with a bus journey that has Meenakshi Iyer (Konkona Sen) and her nine-month-old son Santanam on it. Raja Chowdhary (Rahul Bose), a wildlife photographer is introduced to her through a common friend before boarding the bus and since Meenakshi is traveling alone with her infant, he is asked to keep an eye on mother and child.
The initial part of their journey is pleasant but that peace is short-lived as the bus stumbles into a communal riot. An angry mob of Hindu extremists board the bus seeking out all Muslims, avenging the burning of a Hindu village. And since Raja is a Muslim, he is scared but luckily, he gets saved just in time by Meenakshi who displays right presence of mind to thrust the baby into his arms, calling him her husband, Mr Iyer.
After that, they are forced to leave the bus and since both have no one else to support them, they get drawn together close enough for a special bond to develop between them. While posing as Mr and Mrs Iyer, these two completely different individuals realize that they care for each other despite all their differences. And soon enough, a love story develops between them even though they have nothing much in common. The film tells their story.
Mr & Mrs Iyer is one of Aparna Sen?s best films to date. She has managed to get brilliant performances from her cast. Newcomer Konkana Sen is the pick of the season and has given an award worthy performance. Rahul Bose is controlled and effective. The film has some truly special moments between them, which have been deftly crafted by Sen.
Technically it?s again a brilliant film. Gautam Ghose`s cinematography is first-rate. Ustad Zakhir Hussain?s music score is effective. And even though there are times when it tends to get a bit slow, the film manages to leave a mark. The climax is the highlight of the film. Mr and Mrs Iyer is a must see for many reasons- the film has an interesting storyline, Sen?s story telling ability is lucid- but mainly because it is a sensible film made from the heart. Watch it, its sure to make your day!