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Thread: Inkaar: A halfhearted yes!
01-18-2013, 03:59 AM #1
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Inkaar: A halfhearted yes!
Director: Sudhir Mishra
Cast: Chitrangda Singh, Arjun Rampal
At the outset, Inkaar deals with the theme of sexual harassment at work in the most pragmatic way. But at the inset, the film is also a love story marred by corporate ambitions. And the two are so seamlessly integrated in Sudhir Mishra's film that you kind of lose objectivity and also the aim in its larger picture. If you watch it as a film about sexual harassment, the love story dilutes the concern. If you watch it as a love story, then the entire backdrop of sexual harassment holds little or no relevance.
Maya (Chitrangda Singh), the national head of a marketing agency accuses the CEO, Rahul (Arjun Rampal) of sexual harassment at work. Social activist Mrs. Kamdar (Dipti Naval) is brought in to scrutinize the case as Rahul and Maya give accounts of their mutual association over the years, justifying their individual stance.
The film starts directly from the sexual harassment inquiry and goes backwards to articulate the story behind it through frequent flashbacks. Thereby the audience is only as much aware about the case as the arbitrator and understands and explores it through her vision. And while you expect Maya and Rahul would defend themselves with contradicting accounts of the past, they largely remain common until the climax. So the bigger conflict arrives only in the climax until which there is only a gradual buildup to the case.
The narrative largely tries to argue on the thin line between flirting and sexual harassment. Writers Manoj Tyagi and Sudhir Mishra make the issue more challenging by not restricting the relationship between Maya and Rahul as purely professional but by getting them in a close personal affair as well. Since they once had a mutually consenting sexual association, the subsequent accusation of sexual harassment becomes more debatable. But subsequently they fall prey to their own set standards and are unable to keep the climax as compelling as the otherwise riveting film.
At one level, the film strongly highlights the vulnerability of the victim. Yet her individualism emerges through her determination to fight against all odds for her self-respect. But somewhere the director attempts to balance out the case towards the end, which leads to an absolute anticlimax. Where the film had potential to preach, it almost changes goal and genre for a convenient conclusion. While the theme of sexual harassment still remains less explored, its emergence out of aspirations, insecurity, ego clashes and politics at workplace makes for another story altogether. In that sense, Inkaar seems to be a film ahead of its time.
Thankfully, despite a contentious theme, Sudhir Mishra smartly steers away from melodrama throughout. The showdown between Rahul and Maya when they are at loggerheads is as much real as the intimacy between them when they are in love. On a lighter note, Mishra gives an amusing satirical shade to the marketing agency backdrop of the film, often using his erstwhile movie titles for brand and their catchlines. The length could be a matter of concern, especially since the central conflict takes a little too long to surface.
Rest assured, one can expect decent performances from a Sudhir Mishra film. Arjun Rampal is resourcefully restrained in his calm, composed ad calculative character. Amongst his finest performances in league of Rock On and Rajneeti! Chitrangda Singh not only looks ravishing like always, she does justice to her meaty role with a compelling act. Both actors have good screen presence and sizzling chemistry.
You certainly won't say no to Inkaar. But the yes doesn't come wholeheartedly!
Verdict: Above Average
01-18-2013, 04:01 AM #2
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