Shaadisthan review – An open and slightly preachy take on womanhood and patriarchal society

Title: Shaadisthan
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Rajan Modi, Medha Shankar
Director: Raj Singh Chaudhary
Streaming on: Hotstar
Language: Hindi

Story: In order to reach a wedding event on time, a family is forced to travel with a music band on a long journey from Mumbai to Ajmer. What experiences, situations and realisations they faced at the end of the journey forms the crux of the film.

Performances: Kirti Kulhari is good in her role as an independent young woman. Nivedita Bhattacharya is excellent in a slightly complex characterisation. Other supporting actors like Rajan Modi, Medha Shankar and several others have done their parts neatly. Kay Kay Menon appears in an energetic cameo.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good and the visuals of the road journey were breezy. Music too complimented the film well, especially with the background score. The dialogues are good but preachy. The overall making and production design are of good quality and offers a fairly rich vibe. Editing is a plus considering that the editor has a major role in keeping the runtime at 90 minutes.

Analysis: The films starts off as a road trip drama and proceeds that way for the most part. These portions are fairly engaging. Then, the actual drama comes in and lots of themes like womanhood, patriarchy, society, freedom are dealt with. The conversations between Kirti Kulhari and Nivedita Bhattacharya form the crux of the film. The intention behind the conversations is good but the dialogues are too open and preachy at times. It feels like they are trying to spoonfeed the audience until they know it memorized. Handling those scenes in a better way would have ensured a smooth flow of scenes and message to the viewer. Nevertheless, the intention of the film and some good moments make it watchable.

On a whole: Shaadisthan is short, simple, a bit preachy but a watchable attempt.

Rating: 2.75/5

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