The Cinema Station’s Rating: Shramjivi Express Second AC Journey from Delhi to Aarah(3.5/5)
Films focusing on female ideologies and feminism have become quite prominent in Bollywood these days. Films like Pink and Mary Kom in the recent years have been successful in giving the men a glimpse of the other side of the story. Anarkali of Aarah is one such film that brings out the darker side of female folk dancers from Bihar. Despite its mellow advertisements and a medium budget team, the films strikes hard on its subject and ensures the message is delivered.
Bihar has always been the land of touching and amazing stories and Avinash Das once again brings a heart throbbing film from the land of art and culture. The trailer had already set the film to hit the Indian masses and the film succeeds in doing so. An unconventional story has always been Swara Bhaskar’s thing and once again the leading lady of the film rocks the show with her remarkable performance. Its needless to say that Swara has done some good research and study on the life and style of the character she pulls of with such ease.
Throughout its 115 minute journey the train takes many twists and turns as you get to see some power packed scenes with dialogues and dialect that comes right from the roots of UP and Bihar. To be honest, the Bhojpuri accent and the hard hitting metaphors used i n the screenplay make the film more interesting despite the monotonous phase it enters for some short phases. Sanjay Mishra, Pankaj Tripathy and Ishteyaq Khan play a very important role as the supporting cast does a great job in bringing this journey back to life whenever needed.
Similar to the dialogues and locations the music also tastes the same as we see the journey detour from Aarah to New Delhi for a while. The film does portray a darker side to the story of a folk dancer which the society considers a sleazy and low standard profession due to which the protagonist faces multiple hardships as she clashes with the university Vice Chancellor who attempts to molest her during a stage performance. As the journey unfolds Aarah ki Anarkali comes out on top as the film ends with a dramatic folk performance in a charismatic and energetic folk performance.
Avinash Das’ portrayal is worth an applaud despite its shortcomings. The film ends on the same note as Pink did last year, i.e. “No means No”. As the film caters to a very selective mass audience it may not build up the huge box office numbers but as the journey progresses and the year moves on a good film is something that never goes unnoticed and unappreciated.