MirchCast: Shreyas Talpade, Konkana Sen Sharma, Raima Sen, Shahana Goswami, Arunoday Singh, Ila Arun, Shreyas Talpade, Boman Irani, Mahie Gill; Director: Vinay Shukla; Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Maanav (Arunoday) is a struggling filmmaker who is unwilling to compromise on the script he has written. His girlfriend Ruchi (Shahana), a successful film editor, arranges for him to meet a film producer who likes the script, but is not very sure of its commercial prospects. Maanav then suggests a story from the Panchtantra: A woman is caught red-handed with her lover by her husband and yet, she manages to wriggle out of it scot-free!

Maanav then creates three more stories based on the same premise: in a way, the Panchantra story travels in different versions to the modern times through the film. The four stories are woven together by a common story. Mirch itself echoes this structure, with four stories mingling with the main narrative.

The message is simple – if you have your wits about you, you can salvage even the most impossible situation. At a deeper level, Mirch is about the gender equality in relationship; and at a still deeper level, it is about how an artist finds creative freedom in today’s mercantile world?

National Award winning film ‘Godmother’ director Vinay Shukla tries his hand at quirky, adulterous short stories weaved together with a plot of a struggling filmmaker. The strength of the film lies in brilliant story telling coupled with superlative performances by the ensemble cast, our pick – Raima and Konkana. The format of the film takes its time to grow on the audience but once you are at it, you are glued to your seat to see how the director will cleverly conclude the four stories where the woman is cheating on her man.

Out of the four stories in ‘Mirch’, Raima is the ‘hero’ in two, while Konkana takes centrestage in the other two. Raima is brilliant as a beautiful wife of Panchtantra days in floral jewellery, while Konkana strikes a chord with the audience both as a Rajasthani princess and a disloyal wife of modern day times. Rajpal Yadav is likable. Shreyas does a good job portraying different characters on screen. Boman Irani proves again that he is a natural in front of the camera. Prem Chopra is funny and convincing. Ila Arun is spunky. Arunoday does a decent job but becomes unbearable with too much screen time, especially when he plays a painter.

‘Mirch’ definitely is ‘hatke’ cinema (for adults only). The titillating plot of the film, smart writing and the spectacular cast make it a must watch. It is for people you prefer biryani one in a while over daal (pun intended). If you are bored of countless formulae films, spice up your cinematic experience with ‘Mirch’!

Source: Big Oye

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