Firstpost on the 2 omissions in IIFA nominations, one being ‘Sardar Udham’ and the opposite Neeraj Gaiwan’s Geeli Puchchi in the Best Director class
The nominations for this yr’s International Indian Film Academy movie awards appear honest and sq.. It is fantastic to see these sensible actors within the supporting class rubbing shoulders with Saif Ali Khan who, let’s face it, is an in a position supporting actor not a viable main man.
Pankaj Tripathi will get two nominations, Ludo and ’83, each hard-earned, although I believe Pankaj was higher in Mimi than in mimicry in 83. Here each actor tried to play the sector as imitations of identified cricketers.
Shershaah and Sardar Udham, each commissioned by Amazon Prime Video, have a lot to be pleased with. And they deserve a little bit of their nominations. But why is Sardar Udham not nominated for Best Picture? This omission is akin to Shakti Samanta’s Amar Prem not getting nominated for Filmfare’s Best Picture award within the yr 1972. By the way in which, does anybody bear in mind 1972’s Best Picture winner Beimaan?
So out of sheer bewilderment, I ask, is it an oversight? If so, it smacks of felony negligence. Another evident omission is Neeraj Gaiwan’s Geeli Puchchi within the Best Director nominations. The excuse that it’s a brief movie and a part of an anthology Ajeeb Dastaans doesn’t maintain any validity, Geeli Puchchi is a miniature masterpiece with a central efficiency that’s onerous to place apart. Ghaywan has the ever-reliable Konkona Sen Sharma giving a magnificently layered efficiency as a Dalit, working lady in a manufacturing unit whose job and respectability are threatened when a prettier, upper-caste fair-skinned all-feminine lady Abha (Aditi Rao) joins in. The unlikely friendship between the 2 girls by no means reaches the place we predict it might. Ghaywan and his writers are consistently forward of the viewers, making a form of playful but sinister and tragic dynamic between the 2 girls from utterly various backgrounds. Just after we suppose we’ve got their relationship found out, the narrative does a somersault that refuses to make the Dalit lady Bharati Mandal a martyr. Why ought to the underdog all the time stay buried beneath the heap of damaged goals?
Among its many outstanding virtues do that: Abha’s husband is not any cad offering an alibi for her meandering coronary heart. He is a caring man who even cooks for her. As she confides guiltily in her new buddy Bharti Mandal, “Shiv bachche ki soch raha hai aur fundamental ussey pyar bhi nahin karti.” Having somebody love you shouldn’t be purpose sufficient to like that particular person again. Geeli Puchchi is stuffed with an aching ardour and a bridled knowledge. Neeraj Ghaywan whose solely characteristic movie Masaan to this point is a category act on socio-economic discrimination, goes deep into the theme in simply over 30 minutes of enjoying time.
Subhash Okay Jha is a Patna-based movie critic who has been writing about Bollywood for lengthy sufficient to know the business inside out. He tweets at @SubhashK_Jha.
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