Meenakshi Iyer, a strict orthodox Hindu, is heading with her young child to reunite with her husband. During the journey, she becomes friends with a Muslim man, whom she saves from Hindu fanatics by calling him Mr. Iyer…
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finally a modern Indian film which sadness doesn't rely on camera circling the characters, repetitive cut to heigtened the sentiments, and also restrained cries. I can relate with the religion clash turmoil situation, because it often happens here in my country too. Aparna Sen is deftly enough not treat the melodrama with cheap sentiment.
Boasts some intriguing moments (specifically what it does with cameras), but isn't meditative or evocative enough to justify its extremely slow pacing. Definitely manages distinctive base characterization, and some base change on Mrs. Iyer's part, but its overall tone is going in a lot of strange directions from political thriller to screwball comedy, and there isn't an emotional through-line to bind it together.