Manilla by Sean Ellis
is a film with intense Human drama. Hansal Mehta (Director) and
Rajkummar Rao (Actor), duo of Shahid fame, have once again collaborated
together to contribute a brilliant piece of art to the Bollywood. It is so
painful to see how the innocence of an ordinary village and his family gets
exploited in the citylights of metro. Hansal Mehta has wonderfully and very
realistically encapsulated the challenges faced by a destitute family in the
metro. Various adversities faced by the family viz. loss of business in the village, rural
migration, extreme poverty, exploitation by the city etc. are well captured in
the movie. The movie left me with tears in eyes, rather actually broke my
heart. Kudos to Hansal Mehta for making this movie so realistic, profoundly
moving, tangible and believable and at the same time ‘minus melodrama’.
Mumbai after losing his Saree shop (in a village in Rajasthan) to the debtors
along with wife Rakhi (Patralekha) and daughter Mahi. Great moments of family
togetherness, love between Deepak and Rakhi are shown while in village, which
probably gave them confidence to move to the unknown Mumbai and try for a better
living. Deepak’s friend Omkar, who was supposed to pick them up from the Mumbai
railway station, did not turn up. Deepak is cheated and happens to lose
whatever money he had. Life turns out to be really challenging for them with
not having roof over their heads. Then starts their desperate efforts to
Security Bureau, a group of security force, with his background of an ex-army
driver, but his job is kind of life-threatening. Life takes a mysterious turn
from there with his partner / boss in job Vishnu (Manav Kaul). It is difficult
to understand his intentions. One kept wondering whether Vishnu is good or bad.
Rakhi lands up as a bar-dancer, although very very reluctantly.
family? What all events unfold in their journey to survive in the metro Mumbai
? Who all partner with them in their journey of survival and how? Do Deepak and
Rakhi lose their rustic innocence in the citylights? Are Deepak and family able
to re-establish the once-happy-family image? Are they able to manage to keep
going against the inimical forces that surround them? Is there any flash of light at the end of the
scenes: the manner in which Deepak sits in front of the Saree shop in the
village while realizing that he has lost the same; their migrating to Mumbai
with hope in the eyes, but losing the same the moment they land up in Mumbai;
desperate attempts by Deepak and Rakhi to seek job / accommodation; helpless /
embarrassed Rakhi standing in front of the Bar-Manager who tries to scan her
whole body and the last one to mention is the tragic and shocking climax.
(his real-life girlfriend) have added so much value to Deepak and Rakhi through
their effortless performances. Manav Kaul as Vishnu has also given an
exceptionally well performance. The music by Jeet Ganguli is absolutely soulful
and as per the flavor of the movie. The songs ‘Muskurane’ and ‘Ek Chirraiya’
are very good.
a brutally honest, dark and melancholic film. The shocking climax re-affirms
the punch line: How far will you go for the love of your family?