Sunday, 20 September 2009

Movie Review: Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi

Some things can never change and never will. One may have a very modern outlook towards life, but most of us continue to be very traditional at heart. Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi is rich in emotions and mirrors the traditions and culture with utmost simplicity and understanding. Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi is a simple story of sacrifice that aims at pulling your heart strings. Every Rajshri film works because of the storyline and strong emotions and so, Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi follows the tradition.

Of course, a story like this one in this film may seem regressive to the multiplex audiences of metros, but the fact remains that cinema is all about narrating stories and Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi has a strong story to tell. Besides, there are ample moments in this film that strike a chord that touch the core of your heart that make you moist-eyed.

Chandni (Isha Koppikar) belongs to a middle class family, living in one of the tiny bylanes of Bhopal. She lives with her father and younger siblings--Anuj and Sandhya. Chandni, who is deeply attached to her school-going brother and sister, is trained in classical and folk music. During a stage performance, she falls in love with Prem (Sonu Sood). Prem hails from a rich family which promotes business.

Life is picture-perfect, until on the day of their engagement, Chandni's father (Alok Nath) passes away. Suddenly, she becomes the eldest in her family. One one hand, her mehendi adorned hands beckon her to the dream home of her fiance. On the other hand are her younger siblings whom she cannot take along. Chandni decides not to marry, so that she can raise her little brother and sister with self-respect. Prem understands her and waits for her for twelve long years, until she fulfills all the responsibilities as an elder sister.

Debutant director Kaushik Ghatak remains faithful to the story and most importantly, captures the sensitive moments well. The tale of sacrifice has been witnessed time and again, but it works only if the characters make you cry, even weep. In the latter part of Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi, you just cannot stop tears rolling down your cheeks at several points in the story, specially in the Raksha Bandhan sequence and towards the end, when the brother returns with his wife.

Both Sonu Sood and Isha Koppikar vie for top honours. Sonu is restrained, mature and acts his part well. Isha is first-rate, exuding simplicity and strength that her character demands. Alok Nath is good and ditto for Vallabh Vyas and Smita Jayakar. Vishal Malhotra springs a surprise by being excellent. Chhavi Mittal is effective as the sister-in-law.

On the whole, Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi is akin to a delicious Indian thali in times of pastas and pizzas. You may opt for international cuisine at times, but Indian food, for an Indian at heart, would never go out of vogue. Hence, on the ratings scale between 1 to 5, I'd rate this movie with a three-and-a-half which means a good movie.

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