Sairat, one of the latest & very successful Marathi film by Nagraj Manjule, has created lot of waves all across. This film has garnered lot of appreciation, indeed deserving. Sairat in Marathi means ‘Completely Wild’, and that is the question which I would like all of us to ponder upon.
Sairat is a painfully-woven beautiful love story, the plot may seem familiar, but the beauty of this film is its casting and screenplay: teenagers falling in love, eloping to escape the resistance of the family, dreaming of a beautiful life together, but ultimately becoming victims of honour killing. Aarchi (Rinku Rajguru), female protagonist, from an upper class affluent family and daughter of a powerful politician, falls in love with her classmate Parshya (Akash Thosar), a boy from lower caste and from a poor family. They elope with the help of Parshya’s friends Balya (Tanaji Galgunde) and Salya (Arbaz Shaikh). Rest of the film deals with how the lives of Archie and Parshya shape up.
The film literally gave me heart-ache. It is so sad to see that even in 21st century, we have to evolve as human beings and free ourselves from the shackles of caste, creed, race, class, economic disparities etc. Love is such a beautiful emotion but the tragedy is that people in love have to face the aftermath of falling in love. Films like Sairat comes with great messages for people from various age groups, schools of thoughts.
Certain questions which I am thinking aloud with you all: As parents, cant we provide a secure upbringing and environment for our children, where they have the freedom to share even their wildest thought / dream ? Can our kids feel free to express their deepest fears to us? Do the elders have to resist their children’s choice of life partner in such a wild manner? And even if as elders, we feel that our children have decided against our wish, and not as per our expectations, still, do we have alternate mode of making them understand and help them in their decision making process?
As teens, it is very natural to get attracted and fall in love at this age. Love is a very sacred emotion, but going completely wild in love, resisting every norm set by dear ones is not fair. In Sairat, protagonists are non-conformist. Being non-conformist has its own consequences – good and bad both. Everything seems blissful in love, togetherness is what one longs for, but the reality of life is so different. Harsh reality of living away from dear ones, fighting all odds, facing financial crisis, getting away with the conveniences of lives etc. take a toll on protagonists’ love life.
Sairaat, a must watch film by parents as well as children, inquires: can we actually afford to go completely wild and be non-conformist while in love or while dealing with them who are in love? Probably not and that is what Sairat tells us.
Note: I wrote this article originally for City Scroll; Theme ‘Youth’.