Angry Indian Goddesses

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Angry Indian Goddesses
Angry Indian Goddesses
“ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES” is apposite and evocative!
Shedding light on pertinent issues that have plagued the fairer sex in India for centuries now, this Pan Nalin’s female buddy movie is a powerful drama about Indian women finding their hearts and losing their heads. It’s breezy and funny yet relevant and resonant. It deserves to be seen, despite an overdose of issues and a relatively messy climax.
The story follows a wild bunch of girls from all over India, who descent upon Goa! Their closest friend ‘Freida’ has invited them to her family home for a surprise announcement: she's getting married! Thus begins an impromptu bachelorette. A riotous roller coaster of girl bonding: friendships, breakups, make ups, screw ups, passion, devastation, hesitation, terrorization, and realization! Among the fun and frenzy, heart breaks and heart aches, passion and obsession, youth and innocence, emotions run high and dry and hidden secrets surface.
The film’s main strength lies in its ability to touch your heart almost every time. The screenplay is riveting and the developments are convincing throughout. It’s only in the last 30 minutes or so when the film’s surefooted gait wobbles a bit and too many issues are tried to be forced into the plot. Withal, the film’s fervour is never lost and stays with you long after you’ve left the theatre. The flow of the film never gets heavy as the girls find something new to ponder over as they cruise along the days leading to Freida’s wedding. The mystery around Frieda’s groom also keeps you hooked. The revelations and realizations are depicted with utmost sincerity and are handled with maturity that’s rarely seen in Bollywood. Pan Nalin creates an atmosphere where you feel for the girls and root for each cause they fight for. He successfully involves his audience in the mood of the film, be it cheery, distressful or sorry. The pacing is appropriate. It’s the climax that’s a little messed up with overdramatized and somewhat unreal sequences, in a film that’s consistently plausible. The music too is soothing.
The performances are terrific. While Sandhya Mridul is a seasoned artist, it’s a pleasant surprise to see the other girls rising to the occasion and putting up a convincing act. Each one is believable and portrays their elations and insecurities with equal conviction. It’s a delight to watch all of them celebrating friendship and feminism with equal ardour.
In all, ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES is a film that’s highly recommended, not just for the women, but for all adults who may or may not be still bound in the shackles of traditions and customs. Go for it!

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