Game Over – Playing With The Audience

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS

What do you make of a film that doesn’t explicitly tell you what its about. What if you happen to piece it together and it is open to multiple interpretations. We do not get many films like this is India so it was a pleasant surprise to see the way Game Over was constructed.

Directed by Ashwin Saravanan and starring Taapsee, this is a film that is hard to slot into any particular genre and that is the strength of Game Over. Every time you feel that it is going to end up one way, it swerves to become something else. This might not make the ‘general audience’ feel happy as this is not what they are used to. But even that argument does not hold much weight as I feel the people are more evolved than we give them credit for.

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The film worked for me on every level and I feel that the beauty of it lies in the fact that a lot of it was not explained. By leaving certain plot points open to interpretation, the audience gets a more immersive experience than the one we are used to getting. What makes this feat all the more amazing is that they have managed to pack everything in about 100 minutes and that is truly special for Game Over.

Establishing an emotional connect with Taapsee’s character is vital for what will happen to her later on in the film. This ensures that the film works in whichever genre it wishes to operate in. There are so many ways to read this film that this post alone is not enough to ‘decode’ it. Game Over is one of the best experiences I’ve had in a theater this year. It is a film that keeps you guessing and thinking about all that is happening. The fact that a lot of it is left open to interpretation pushes it to the next level.

Until next time, bye.

 

To Choose Or Not To Choose

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Manmarziyaan was one of the movies I was most excited about in 2018. Being a huge fan of Anurag Kashyap, seeing him tackle a love story that involved Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan was reason enough to be excited. And just to be clear, I loved the film but I do have an issue with the way it ended. More on that later but for now, I’d like to talk about the rest of the film. The story of Manmarziyaan can be described in one line and it may not sound interesting. What makes the film work is the screenplay by Kanika Dhillon and of course, the performances. Though the two male leads do a really good job, the film clearly belongs to Taapsee’s Rumi. She is without a doubt one of the more interesting characters to come out of Hindi cinema in the recent past and it is hard to think of anyone else in that role. The way she buzzes around with this crackling energy is a sheer joy to watch. She internalizes the character to such an extent that every time we see her on screen, we only see Rumi.

As for the men, Vicky Kaushal as DJ Sandzz does what we have come to expect from him. He would have stolen the show but that honor belongs to Rumi for being such a captivating presence. We also have Abhishek’s Robbie who for most of the film is on the sidelines watching all the drama unfold. Though he doesn’t get as many dramatic moments as the other two, the quietness in his performance is something to behold. It brings a calmness to the happenings and the contrast between him and Rumi is beautiful to watch. He is one actor who I would consider to be underrated and hopefully, this film shows more people how good he can be.

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Now, let’s get to that ending. Throughout the film, I was more curious about how it would end rather who she’ll pick. We know that at the end that Rumi has chosen Robbie but he is being set up with another girl. The way I see it, she should not have chosen Robbie for it felt like a more convenient way to wrap up the story. For a film that is so unconventional in its treatment, I wished that it had a different resolution. Having Robbie reject her, in the end, may have been a bit cruel on Rumi. But the way I see it, both these relationships would have led her to something even better. For those who criticize the film and Rumi for making changes to her decision, it is not always easy to make a choice when it is as important as this. She’s deciding the course of her life so, let us not be so hard on her. I’m not saying that this ending was wrong as such, it is just that there was an opportunity for the film to make to break even more ground. Manmarziyaan has not only given us some of the best performances of the year, it also gave us what is arguably the soundtrack of the year. Amit Trivedi brings out so many shades of his genius that one can just sit back in awe. Kashyap has had a great with both his films Mukkabaaz and this one doing well critically and commercially. If the next chapter of one of India’s most celebrated filmmakers involves scripts by Kanika Dhillon, the result is bound to be terrific.

Until next time, bye.