Quest Hindi Movie Review
Noted filmmaker Amol Palekar, whose last outing as a director, "Paheli", wasn't a big box office success, returns with "Quest" and proves his mettle.
The movie forms the third part of his trilogy, which began with "Dayraa" and was followed by "Anaahat".
Made in Marathi and English, the bilingual film is about alternate sexuality and scrutinises other growing serious issues like HIV, euthanasia and divorce in the society.
It revolves around Sai (Mrinal Kulkarni), a lawyer whose life goes upside down when she catches her husband Aditya (Rishi Deshpande) indulging in a homosexual act with his friend Uday (Shishir Sharma).
Sai is hurt and humiliated when she learns that her husband has been cheating on her for two years. They were so tactful that Sai couldn't suspect anything.
This incident changes the couple's life. They were living like a happy couple for the last 11 years with their eight-year-old son Nilay (Shreyas Paranjpe).
But now life is in doldrums because Sai, in spite of being an educated and progressive woman, is not ready to overlook Aditya's unfaithfulness.
Television artist Mrinal Kulkarni has given her best to the film. She excels in emotional scenes. And Rishi impresses with his performance as a man confused about his sexuality.
Apart from excellent performances, tight script and meaningful dialogues makes the narrative all the more poignant.
The film carries many more important messages but they are told in such a manner that they don't sound preachy at all.
Quite a few films on homosexuality like "Fire" and "My Brother Nikhil" have been made, but this one is different because it emphasises on the fact that homosexuality is a sexual preference.
Palekar gives a new definition to infidelity as well. He shows that when one of the partners cheats, it doesn't matter if he or she is having an affair with a man or a woman.
Without being vulgar, the film is entertaining and educating.
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