Movie Review – Sairat

Movie Review – Sairat

Sairat – “Wild”

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Movie: Sairat

Director: Nagraj Manjule

Producer: Nagraj Manjule, Aatpat Production, Zee Studios

Cast: Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar

Awards: National Film Awar – Special Jury Award; 6 awards (Album of the year, Song of the year, Male Vocalist of the year, programmer and arranger of the year, music composer of the year and song recording and mixing of the year) at Mirchi Music Awards; 11 awards (Best Film, Best director, Best Actor (Female), Best Music Album, Best Lyrics, Best Playback Singer (Female), Best Playback Singer (Male), Best Debut Actress, Best Debut Male, Best Dialogue and Best Background Score) at 2017 Filmfare Marathi Awards


 

With the Bollywood movie, Dhadak released in India in July 2018, I wanted to see were the concept of the movie came from and with high recommendations from my cousins, I watched Sairat – the original, Marathi version.

 

Sairat, meaning “wild” in Marathi, is a modest budget, bare, small time movie that is big on story, performances, and emotions.

 

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The story is strong and plays on the simple life in India, focusing of caste, love and tragedy. The manner in which the story is told is phenomenal – it is not relatable but believable. I couldn’t help but dwell on this is what really happens, this is the extent people go to for love and revenge and this is how the damn caste system has corrupted love.

 

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Part of the movie dialogue that stood out for me is between the hero (Parshya) and heroine (Archie) –

 

Archie: “We shall have a house near the riverbank, where we would hear the sound of flowing water. And our own rose garden in from of our home”.

Parshya: “I will go to work”.

Archie: “I will cook”.

Parshya: “I’ll bring the firewood for cooking”.

Archie: “I will wait for you at the door in the evening”.

 

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This simple dialogue brings the charming idea of young love, simple dreams for two from a rural village and a utopia for themselves. However, their reality comes with a dark cloud of being beaten, chased, harassed and arrested. It even goes to an extreme extent when entire farms are burnt down to seek out the pair.

 

The re-imagined flair of the movie has a sprinkling of emotions, ahh-moments and sheer disbelief. The performance of the leads is unimaginable, making you feel and believe that this movie is their reality. Sairat is understated epic love story, filled with everything old school you need in an amazing movie. Mainstream Bollywood should definitely make way if this is what we are getting from Marathi movies.

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