Movie Review “Reva” ‘Gujarati Movie’

Reva is all about celebrating life, in its truest essence. Its high time Gujarati filmmakers take to audacious subjects like this

Given the current scenario, there are few things that come pre-conceived: largely comedy, stories revolving around college life, scenes montaged to form a film, and the likes. Breaking all the norms and emerging as a sure shot winner is Rahul Bhole and Vinit Kanojia’s Reva that touches your heart like never before.

Poster of Reva (image source: moviebuff.com)

PLOT

A spoilt brat in USA, Karan Purohit (Chetan Dhanani) finds out just after the demise of his highly respected and revered granddad that he’s been left with nothing in his will- property, assets, money- he’s been deprived of everything. His granddad had written all his property in the name of Narmada Ashram on the banks of river Narmada in a small village somewhere near the border of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. To reclaim his property, he must get the signatures of the trustees of the ashram.

SCRIPT/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Based on acclaimed writer Dhruv Bhatt’s novel Tatvamasi, the film boasts of its layered and emotional story talking greatly about what life actually is. Spirituality, religion, happiness, human aid, togetherness, and above all faith are some of the points touched upon in the film. A film containing all of these sounds preachy at the outset. But the biggest beauty of the film lies in its screenplay that allows you to experience all without getting swayed away or bored.

Chetan Dhanani in Reva (image source: youtube.com)

Although it comes across as a film that asks you to believe in religion and the Almighty, it actually doesn’t, thus increasing the target audience of the film to infinity. With various layers to the plot and underlying themes, it will be enjoyed by everyone alike. But, only if you read between the lines. The 140mins film actually puts audience in high esteem by considering them intelligent enough.

Kudos to makers for also keeping the curiosity level of the audience intact, which is in itself a doting task for such a subject. But the audience is constantly hooked and feeling for the characters (the film shines remarkably on an array of characters) right from the word ‘go’.

Yes there might be a segment of audience which would find resemblance of Reva with Vijay Anand’s Guide or Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades. They might also find it off putting for the same reason. But it is the overall crux of the film that lifts Reva.

The dialogues and the accent and dialects have been so beautifully and authentically captured that you are instantly transported to the locations- river banks of Narmada, ghats, ashram and its surroundings.

PERFORMANCE

Originally a screenwriter, Chetan Dhanani debuts with this one as a lead. And he’s just magnificent. Right from the time he’s an arrogant complacent guy to where he’s compassionate, he displays a wide range of emotions- sometimes with his face, eyes or his body language. You fall in love with him. M Monal Gajjar as Supriya, one of the trustees whom Karan falls in love with is just brilliant. She has a lot to contribute to the plot and she does it with grace. Its a strong character and she justifies it with ultimate aplomb. Yatin Karyekar, Muni Jha, Dayashankar Pandey, Sejal Shah, Abhinay Banker, among others too display a fine act leaving their strong mark in the minds of audiences. They will be remembered not by their real names, but by their characters. A sure shot victory for an actor.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music by Amar Khanda has a powerful role in conveying the message. Right from the background tracks to the sound designing, everything is just in place conveying right emotions at the right place. A lot of the film rests on music and it soars high. Splendid is the production design giving you an accurate feel making you relate to the characters very easily. Suraj Kurade’s camera speaks wonders. Right from being very simplistic to artistic and high on technical grounds, the craft speaks volumes.

Rahul Bhole and Vinit Kanojia (image source: timesofindia.com)

On the whole, Reva is a film that celebrates essence of life, hits you hard, but in a very endearing way. Hats off to the makers for choosing a subject so risky for Gujarati cinema but presenting it with such a flair.

It also makes us think of the potential of Gujarati cinema that rests on the shoulders of creative writers and filmmakers. Quality is what is needed and Reva should emerge as the flag bearer.