Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Hindi Movie Review
It is no secret that Indian judicial system has plenty to work on. Plenty apart from making haste in finishing the appalling number of pending cases. What has also been documented however are an abnormal number of fake cases which have never made sense in a more honest world. Journalist turned filmmaker Vinop Kapri derives his inspiration from one such instance. His subject - a man accused of raping a buffalo.
Taking off on a 'what if?' scenario, Kapri and his co-writer pens a screenplay that rolls around a scene when a man is framed and shamed as an animal rapist. In process they try to put on the canvas a lot that ails the hinterland - including khap panchayat, grass root corruption and gender suppression. And while the film does showcase problems in their true forms, it fails to provide a lasting statement on any of them - which is what a satire would ideally aim at.
The screenplay opens with the shot of the accused at the court and quickly goes into a flashback - a village fair which is all set to see the biggest draw of the evening. Even as Buffalos are paraded in front of judges the director opens up a love story. A guy buying undergarment for his lady love, who happens to be the wife of his village Pradhan.
You would expect the story to move swiftly from there on, but it does not. The writers take their sweet time taking the audience through an adulterous love story before finally delving into the crux of the actual subject. In this they take up the entire first half. Post interval is when things get moving but there is an evident lack of effort in trying to come up with more interesting situations.
On positives, there are a plenty scenes that leave you wanting for more. Like a delicate scene between the Pradhan's wife (Hrishita Bhatt) and her lover (Rahul Bagga). Hrishita brings out what is easily
one of her best efforts so far in her career with a finely nuanced performance. Sadly though she hardly has anything to do in the story apart from being 'the reason'. The same goes a lot more in the film.
Performances of the rest of the cast too lifts the film notches higher. Ravi Kishan and Sanjai Mishra are brilliant. Rahul Bagga does not have much to work as he represents the class of Indians that are
caught in the flow and can't do much to save themselves. Annu Kapoor plays the Pradhan, the schemer, corruptor and the oppressor while Om Puri plays the corrupt policeman - all fitting perfectly well into the characters.
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho should have been a much better film, if not let down by writing. The direction however is at par with any other good work. Kapri understands retrain and also has his way of drawing performances. The film ends on a perfect note as it leaves the audience knowing that nothing much changes. Such cases happen and probably will continue. There is no solution preached. But no solid statement made either.