Yeh Faasley Review
Independent films often hold a promise. You know that they are made of lesser money and more passion. But the passion for filmmaking does not always make a good film. There are a lot of elements that are required to sustain the audience's attention. Yeh Faasley falls because it tends to tire you out rather than keep glued to your seat.
Yeh Faasley is an absolutely slow journey. Having said that, it's undeniable that the film has a very good story! A human drama and battle of emotions pitched into a murder mystery is refreshing. Also the fact that the truth could be so much more than what someone sees, hears or is informed is a concept that is very rarely handled.
Yeh Faasley is about father-daughter relationship. As Arunima Dua (Tena) is glad to back with her father Devender Dua (Anupam Kher) after staying away for quite some time because of her education. But things turn sour as she stumbles upon clues which point finger towards her father, indicating he is not really the person he is and neither was he true about the death of Arunima's mother. What ensues is Arunima's struggle to find the truth and that distances her from her father - and also makes her feel quite guilty.
The writers establish the characters very well early in the story. The last few minutes of the film are very well handled.
The story takes twists and turns, turning up a new surprise every time you think it is over. However the way it moves ahead is not quite welcome. A slow, bookish pace is not appreciated. And the director adds to it by constantly repeating shots to emphasize on effects he wants to create. He loses the game and our attention. Yeh Faasley could and should have been shorter by half an hour.
Technically, the film is a misery. Its grainy look does not help and things only gets worse when you find certain scenes completely out of focus, as if it has been shot on a handy-cam!
What manage to hold attention throughout the film are performances. Anupam Kher and Tena have good roles and do complete justice with superlative performance. Pawan Malthotra is measured and good as usual. Rushad Rana does his bit.
But performances never made a film good. Yeh Faasle fails. You won't miss much if you give this a pass. Rather you could save some time.
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