Masaan is a director’s dream and an actor’s paradise. It comes right from the small town lanes speaking volumes about the culture, about mindsets, about struggles and about love that longs to find way amidst all above.
Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Banaras, the film captures the beauty of it in a gratifying way and shows the side B too which makes you wonder whether Neeraj Ghaywan’s words “Jitna chota sheher utni choti soch” actually stand true in times we are living in. The film engulfs two stories which go parallel throughout the course, stories of love and loss and comes to full circle as we reach the conclusive. We are set in motion with story of a young couple who are helpless before the police when caught in a hotel room and an immediate suicide transpires that leaves you point blank within initial minutes. What could have been forever turns to a game of money extortion by police to hide it from media, society pride taunts and of vilified talks that become a permanent part of life for the girl. Amidst all the city chaos another adolescent love blooms, a love which bonds over the ghazals of Nida Fazli and Kumar, which seeks to break the chains of community difference and love with conviction of running away from all, if need be. The two stories are tied in fazed way but yet come together seamlessly and that is where masaan wins.
Masaan celebrates life yet grieves too with the intricacies it offers. Songs “तू किसी रेल सी गुज़रती है” and “मन कस्तूरी रे” blend perfectly with the city backdrop and stay with you throughout the course of the movie. The film has excellent cast and breathtaking cinematography and it wins at every level of moviemaking. It deserves to be seen because it takes us back to the basics, the basics where the gloss and glamour didn’t take the central stage rather the story, the script and the emotional blend created an experience. Again, Masaan is no pretty film, it shows you the tangled lives, the struggles and it makes you a part of them, it jolts you with the realities but also gives you a hope to live with them with reminiscence.