‘’Kuch Khatthi Kuch Meethi’’
There’s something about Inheritance of talent. In the 70s, Basu Chatterjee was one film-maker known for his middle-of-the-road films with a feel good backdrop and real characters. So Today when His Daughter makes her directorial debut promising to tell us a sweet story about the bonding of four young girls, Its not very wrong of us to expect another bittersweet tale. So does Rupali guha meet the expectations ? Let’s see.
Aamras is a story of 4 girls – Jiya [Vega Tamotia], Pari [Natasha Bharadwaj], Sanya [Aanchal Sabarwal] and Rakhi [Maanvi Gagroo] and their friendship. They all arrive from distinct strata of society but that doesn’t create a hair-thin wall between them. How they form and sustain their relation at various stages of life is what forms the crux of the story.
The story promises a coming-of-age quality in its telling, and Rupali Guha does exactly that. There’s life-like Conversations among the teenaged girls, There’s the fun and frolic of final school years, and there’s the sense of realisation that its time to grow up. Aamras has almost all the ingredients that qualify it for a Young film.
However, the inexperience of the director shows up in tying up all the threads that are introduced to us. As a result, the screenplay falters big time in the latter portions of 2nd half and the film ceases to be entertaining. While a few elements are engagingly real, the love stories as the subplots fail to hold the interest.
The performances too, though above-average, fail to carry the film on their shoulders. Natasha Bharadwaj deserves a special mention though. Technically, there’s nothing great as the script doesn’t have any scope for it. It just has a fresh idea and plays out quite decently.
Overall, Aamras is a bittersweet tale about adolescence and growing up. It has a raw yet likeable quality about it. Just like its title, It is a little sweet, and a little bitter. However, despite the rawness in its structure and narrative, Aamras is a decently enjoyable flick.
Rating – 2.5