Author, Director: Bugs Bhargava Krishna
Producer: Pradeep Uppoor, Seema Mohaptra, Jahanara Bhagava, Dhirajj Vinodd Kapoor
Solid: Arjun Rampal, Manav Kaul, Rajit Kapur, Anand Tiwari, Madoo Shah
Streaming Platform: Zee5
Delicate spoilers forward
On the coronary heart of Nail Polish written and directed by Bugs Bhargava Krishna (creator of the well-known line ‘Style The Thunder’) is the query of body-mind duality- are the physique and thoughts separate entities? This query has plagued philosophers like Descartes, filmmakers like Shankar (the climax of Robotic/Enthiran was basically this) and writers like Avni Doshi, whose guide Burnt Sugar was shortlisted for the Booker Prize final 12 months. In it a daughter desires to avenge the misdeeds of a brutal mom, however the mom herself is descending into amnesia. How may she then punish the physique of her mom, when it was the thoughts, now slipping away, that was concocting all of the violence?
The identical query is requested right here, within the guise of the courtroom drama style. Veer Singh (Manav Kaul), who used to work as an secret agent for the nation, and is now settled in Lucknow coaching children in cricket, is accused of raping and murdering two children.
The primary half has the swiftness of a questionably plotted courtroom drama, with some distinctive thrives. Arjun Rampal performs Sid Jaisingh (not Siddharth Jaisingh as a result of he’s cool and informal like that), and Anand Tiwari performs Amit Kumar, the lawyer Sid is preventing in opposition to. The fascinating half right here is that the 2-hour movie isn’t focused on whether or not Veer Singh did what he’s accused of doing. There are asides, the place we’re proven the alcoholic spouse of the choose, and the asthmatic predicaments of the lawyer. These aren’t scenes to maneuver the story ahead, however to deepen the character. There’s an exquisite second the place earlier than Decide Bhushan (Rajit Kapur) goes to ship his judgment, he’s beading the rosary and praying to a small statue of Ganesha. I used to be reminded of Chaitanya Tamhane’s Courtroom (although, after all, that movie is technically in a distinct league), the place he offers the viewer a way of the informal bigotry of these preventing for and in opposition to, and the capability for violence that the judges who condemn have. It breaks the notion of the “neutral” regulation. One thing related occurs right here, however below the garbs of badly written dialogue, and a few questionably plotted scenes- your entire courtroom drama has neither the laziness of court-reality nor the dynamism of court-fiction.
The movie thus solely works as a result of of its makes an attempt to transcend the courtroom drama style. That is unhappy as a result of it renders all of the statistics and quotes about migrant kids (pasted on monochrome deep-focused images) disappearing empty of which means and influence.
The second half which casts aspersion on who Veer Singh really is, has parts of the shoddy, which is overshadowed by the very good acting- you understand as a viewer that you’re seeing a caricature, however you aren’t capable of put a finger on what precisely is caricature-ish as a result of it appears to naturally mix into the universe of all issues outrageous. The 2 halves, coping with two solely totally different premises, thus offers the sense of a movie that isn’t positive of what it desires to say, however at the same time as it’s indecisive, it’s entertaining.
The sausage-fest of males is punctuated by some feminine presence- largely in flashbacks, and aspect vignettes. After all the alcoholic spouse is patted and powdered to perfection. There are pictures of idyll shot by Deep Metkar, that retains the visuals of the movie from collapsing below the attainable weight of being B-grade. If nothing else, this film is a testomony to how well-framed, well-acted movies can elevate even the banal writing, even when it can’t solely transcend the banality.