Once Again Movie Review
SERIOUS, CHARMING, AND EXTREMELY MATURE ‘ONCE AGAIN’ TELLS WHAT QUALITY CINEMA IS
Director Kanwal Sethi’s Once Again tells a mature story of middle aged romance and complex relationships amid societal norms
Stories dealing with middle aged romance, that too amid the societal pressure forbidding a person to look for happiness again after its lost, are quite rare. Once Again gets the message across with just the right amount of sensitivity. What you can’t get enough of in this one is the spellbinding performances by the lead pair.
During a chance phone interaction, Tara Shetty (Shefali Shah) and Amar Kumar (Neeraj Kabi) are drawn towards each other. Tara, a widow and a mother of two- a boy who is just about to be married and a girl- is a restaurant owner, who supplies tiffin to the popular actor Amar- a divorcee and father to a young girl.
Shefali Shah rules this one. Not only does she look elegantly beautiful, she also comes across as a strong performer always in command of her part. You feel her pain, her loneliness, her desires, her happiness, her restriction, mental and physical space- all through her eyes. This one should top her filmography for the times to come. Was she born to play this one?
Scenes from the film
Neeraj Kabi is equally captivating and adorable, if not more. He’s a great actor, its already known. Here he does it with his eyes most of the time. A lonely man looking for companionship and how he tries to achieve that in a society that’s otherwise harsh- he nails the act. You don’t see the actor in him, not even for a moment. He is only the character for you. A brilliant act.
Priyanshu Painyuli, Bidita Bag, and Rasika Dugal do the needful as the kids of the lead pair. However, you do feel that their characters could have had more depth. It is only at this point when you feel a little more thought was needed.
Cinematography by Eeshit Narain is reasonably good for it keeps the film real and rooted. Even the lighting is to take note of. A job well done.
Production design by Rakesh Yadav is first rate. The overall appeal is visually just in place. Editing by Soren Ebbe, Anja Siemens, Andreas Wodraschke is satisfying. The flow is suited to the theme and you get an enriching experience.
Thanks to avenues like Netflix, movies and stories like these, which otherwise would have struggled to breathe in theatres are atleast reaching out. Thanks to makers like Sethi who are out there to give quality to Hindi cinema- the more the better.
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