MOVIE REVIEW: Gulmohar
Starring: Sharmila Tagore, Manoj Bajpayee, Suraj Sharma, Simran
Director: Rahul V. Chittella
Music Director: Siddharth Khosla
An affluent Delhi family dealing with past hurts and silent resentments may sound like a clichéd idea, but writer and debutant director Rahul Chittella, along with co-writer Arpita Mukherjee, gives the subject a refreshing spin that is marked by a winsome simplicity and sensitivity. Gulmohar tells a tale that is skillfully compressed into four days as the Batras prepare to move out of Gulmohar Villa, their sprawling abode for 34 years.
The nuanced narrative of this genteel family drama is enhanced by an array of impressive performances led by the evergreen Sharmila Tagore who returns to the screen after 12 years and Manoj Bajpayee who is in immaculate form as always. He plays her son. The younger actors with their parallel stories, notably Kaveri Seth, Utsavi Jha, and Santhy Balachandran (who plays the housemaid to perfection), add a lot of emotional heft.
This is not to say that everything is right with Gulmohar. There are times when you find yourself getting restless as the pace slackens in some places. But eventually, the relatable characters and the convincing performances lift the movie out of what sometimes seem to be contrived situations and dilemmas.
The film benefits from a melodious score and lovely cinematography. So do watch Gulmohar for its very relevant message in these current times: that familial bonds outlast houses.
(Gulmohar is streaming on Disney + Hotstar)
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