Writer: JanakWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"Salam Namaste", "Tara Rum Pum", and "Kya Kehna"
The year 2007 has seen a wide range of movies from Indian production house, Yashraj Films. First came "Tara Rum Pum", a story about a racer who learns that family is more important than anything else; followed by "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom", about expressing one's feelings; and recently (in August) we saw "Chak De India", about a hockey player who becomes the national coach for the women's team, taking the country to the World Cup Finals.
Now comes another movie that will definitely stir the audience again. "Lage Chunari Mein Daag" (Fallen from Grace) is about a family with two daughters - with the eldest sacrificing her dignity to help her family out of poverty. Badki (Rani Mukerji) and her younger sister, Chutki (Konkona Sen Sharma) live with their mother Sabitri (Jaya Bachan) and father Shivshankar (Anupam Kher) in a village in Benares.
Badki and Chutki love to play all the time but when the family is in dire straits, Badki is force to go to Mumbai to look for a job. However, the city has other plans for her. When is she conned into sleeping with an employer to get a job, she decides to become a social escort (read: prostitute) to help her family out of poverty. Just as everything is going well, Chutki graduates, comes to the city to work and finds out the truth about Badki. At the same time, Rohan (Abhisek Bachan) falls for Badki, and Vivaan (Kunal Kapoor) falls in love with Chutki as well. Things take a dramatic turn when Badki is forced to confront Rohan and her parents. There is also another dark secret yet to be revealed back in her village.
The movie does not offer anything new, though. It's the same family drama with the usual happy ending. If you can stomach this, then this movie is definitely your cup of tea. All the elements, colour and spices of Indian cinema are in this movie. The moral of the story is that there is nothing wrong with being born a girl in a family. The movie also explains the various kinds of modern and traditional women in India in recent times.
As usual, Rani Mukerji excels in her acting. Abhisek Bachan gives full support and the other actors do well in their respective roles as well. The director has done a good job in bringing out the characters. The plot is quite predictable, the effects are passable and the cinematography works well, especially in the song and dance sequences. Overall, the movie is still worth watching for what it is. I guess fairy tales will always be the backbone of Indian cinema.
Well, this is not all for Yashraj Films this year. Up next is "Aaja Nachle" (Come, Let's Dance). Madhuri Dixit (a famous Indian actress of the 90's) returns after a five-year hiatus to relaunch her career with this movie. She was last seen in "Devdas" in 2002.Cinema Online, 23 September 2008