Release date: 24-07-2015
Producer: Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Macassar Productions
Directed by: Neeraj Ghaywan
Synopsis: Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town.
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Details, wonderful writing, and debut director Neeraj Ghaywan mirroring India’s hypocritical society using the taboo that is premarital sex, this is what Masaan is all about. Devi (Richa Chadda) finds herself in a scary situation after getting caught while getting close to a man she really likes. Her father, Vidyadhar Pathak (Sanjay Mishra), is ashamed of what his daughter was caught doing Then we have a parallel story of a budding romance between Shalu Gupta (Shweta Tripathi) and Deepak (Vicky Kaushal), who is an engineering student. As for how issues such as caste differences and hypocrisy are highlighted in Masaan, you need to see the film, we really should not reveal more. One of the key strengths of Masaan lies in how their protagonists fight against archaic thought processes, but without being overtly dramatic or hamming their way through. Masaan is quite the emotional rollercoaster as you are taken through the ups and downs of life through the narrative. Vicky Kaushal and Shweta both make a lasting impact, commendable especially since this is their debut performance. Richa pulls off a complex role with the responsibility and maturity that she has earned through her past performances. Sanjay Mishra needs no compliments really, as he is one of the most seasoned actors around who always delivers what is expected of him. Ultimately, we shall have to go for 4.5 stars for Masaan. Go watch it. Enough said.