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Exploring women' s sexuality is a hot topic in the film world. It is an interesting subject and is sure to grab a few eyeballs, though, sometimes for wrong reasons. But when filmmakers do attempt to show it, somehow it ends up becoming a sleazy flick. Many directors come forward with claims of making path breaking films on women sadly, all are empty. But Mirch is different, armed with a unique idea of showing films within a film; Mirch has done a good job touching the issue without going overboard. The story is slightly complicated and taken from Panchatantra but let' s have a stab at it.
Maanav (Arunoday Singh) is one of the many filmmakers in the industry running around producer' s offices with a script in hand for two years. His girlfriend, Ruchi (Shahana Goswami) is a film editor, and arranges for a narration with a producer named Nitin (Sushant Singh). Just like all other producers Nitin too does not like the script, disappointed, Maanav narrates another story to Nitin. The story is of a woman named Maya (Raima Sen) who is caught in bed with another man by her husband Kashi (Rajpal Yadav), but she manages to get away with it. Nitin is blown away by the concept, and asks Maanav to write three more additional stories on it. The rest of the actors are part of those stories.
Equipped with a great concept in hand the film starts off very well. Though, the depiction of film in a film is not new, Mirch does it in a new way. Formula films are out! This itself is stated in the film by Sushant Singh, giving the audience a hint at what is in store for them. Mirch is not formula by any standards. The film shows four different stories; two of them are set in old times while the others are modern. Surprisingly, it is the stories set in old times that are more impactful than any other.
But the same old problem creeps out that many other films face, the second half is boring. After creating some great situations and invoking chuckles the film does a sort of U-turn post interval. May be even the writers, it seems, get tired after sometime and give shoddy second halves. Film after film, this problem does not seems to vanish. In the second half the modern-day stories are narrated, these stories are even more disappointing after the two good stories in the beginning.
There are no doubts about the abilities of Vinay Shukla as a director after the hard-hitting Godmother. But the film is as far from Godmother as any film could be. Vinay does a good job here too. He has handled the subject well, especially managing to make the film humorous and not a comedy. There' s a difference between the two, and Vinay has drawn the line well. Special mention of the intimate scenes has to be made as for once they are aesthetically shot and will not make you cringe.
One big factor working in the film' s favor is that it has a host of good actors playing their part in it. Though the lead, Arunoday Singh is relatively unknown, but the rest of the cast is a collection of some of the finest actors of the industry. Raima Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma, Boman Irani, Shreyas Talpade, Shahana Goswami, Rajpal Yadav and Prem Chopra are all part of the movie and play important roles in it. But what was disappointing was the final story which has two great actors like Boman Irani and Konkona Sen Sharma is the worst of the lot. Rest of the cast does a good job, and so does the director of handling them.
The dialogues are sharp and witty. Humor is good through the film and definitely invokes genuine laughter. Music by Monty Sharma is not much to write about, and it is there in the film just for the sake of it. Special mention of the cinematography should be made as it is one of the film' s stand-out points. The periodical stories in the film are captured beautifully by the Director of Photography. The biggest let down would have to be the second half; the film would have been a very good one if only more attention had been paid towards the modern stories.
Mirch is made on a tight budget so it will surely make a good profit. The bold subject and the unique treatment will bring the audiences mainly through word-of-mouth publicity. There are other releases too this week, but this film will definitely attract a niche audience.
Verdict: The touchy subject of women' s sexuality is handled well with right amount Mirch in it and the audience will enjoy this spicy treat.
Reviewed by: Harshal Anand
Reliance Big Pictures
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