Movie Review: ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ by Neha Ravindran


Director: Pal Nalin

Movie: Angry Indian Goddesses

Cast:  Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande and Pavleen Gujral 

Genre: Drama

When was the last time you saw a Bollywood movie about 4 best friends? Never, I suppose. While we do have our own good collection of boys out for fun (Dil Chahta hai and Zindagi Milegi na Dobara, to name a few) our kitty is near about empty when it comes to girls night out. Maybe, directors thought it wont sell, But Pal Nalin saw it differently. Not just did he see it differently, he also created a movie which is fresh in its approach, dialogues, characters and delivery.

6 women meet up for a wedding in Goa. It’s a narration of their every day adventures, mischief, fights and struggles. But then something goes terribly wrong, an event that threatens to expose the thin fabric of individuality that each one of them holds onto. Will the price to live be paid with their life?

Pal Nalin has undoubtedly entered the list of my favourite directors. Angry Indian goddesses is a brilliant story of 6 women who have such vivid personalities with none bordering on cliché. The movie proceeds as a breeze, for a second I wanted to believe that it a home video as every shot was too real to be true. The dialogues were picked right out of the everyday conversations of women around me, hell, maybe even me. The cast has been handpicked to perfection, each actor lives her character convincingly and some part of each character will reach out to you and relate to you. My favourite characters are Lakshmi played by Rajshree Deshpande and of Pammi played by Pavleen Gujral. Their acting was refreshing, entertaining and engaging. However, the last 10 minutes of the movie was disappointing; it was predictable and repetitive.

Cinematography by Swapnil Suhas Sonawane is brilliant. Each shot is poignant and brimming with a story in itself. Music by Ram Sampath is one that makes way into your permanenet list of favourite songs, you may not hum them everyday, but you will never forget it. The story by Pan Nalin is the real winner of the movie; it is just the right balance of every emotion. No scene overpowers the essence of the original plotline and the story is built up gradually and steadily.

Angry Indian Goddesses is a must watch. It will stay with you long after you walk out of the movie hall. This weekend rocked!

My Verdict:****

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