Memories in March movie review:
Memories in March story is about two people who share the grief of losing the person they love. Sid, working in an ad agency as a copyright executive lives a lavish lifestyle. His divorcee mother lives in Delhi and father lives in US with some woman named Claudia. When Sid dies in an accident, his mother reaches Kolkata to carry his last remains. There he meets Sid's colleague, Shahana (Raima Sen) and Ornob (Rituparno Ghosh) who extend support during her stay and help with office procedures. She also comes to know about her son's sexual preference for the first time, post his death. Unwilling to accept it, she turns her anger towards Ornob, whom she blames for 'seducing' her son. However, slowly she starts accepting Ornob as she understands more about her son from him. From extreme of blaming herself for her son's sexual preference, she plays a mature working woman, who is quite composed in her loss.
Rituparno Ghosh, though known for playing a role behind the camera manages to portray the role with ease and brings a lot of sensitivity to the character. The movie doesn't make a caricature of people who tread the path of homosexuality and nor does it try to creat some sensation by enacting some bold scenes among the lovers. It shows them as normal people, who go about their jobs and responsibilities like anyone else.
Deepti Naval is excellent and you wonder, why she doesn't get more prominent roles in mainstream cinema? Raima also does justice to her character, looks beautiful and you wonder, like Sid's mother, how Sid could ignore her advances. ;)
It's a short film and still it seems, at times, dragging along with not much progress, as the characters struggle to find dialogues and sometimes, seem like just taking a walk in the park. Or, maybe, it's meant to be that way.
Among other things, I liked the fact, how they kept the central character out of the story, except for some glimpses in the accident scene. It's like he was present in all the scenes without being physically present. There was some soul stirring music of the classical kind in the background. But, music doesn't work for me.
Of course, there are abundant unrealistic situations and cinematic cliches. Like, how Sid manages to achieve so much success and win awards in a short span of 6 months in his first job. But, you tend to ignore this, as the film industry knows little about corporate 'realities'.
In the end, Memories In March will only have select audience in metros. In Kolkata, it can do relatively better, due to two prominent actors from that region. However, due to the sensitive topic of homosexuality and also, the modern urban characters, it's unlikely to make much impact among the traditional movie goers, too. It will do the rounds of the festival circuit. But, commercially, don't expect much from the movie.
On a lighter vein, if you are one, who is finding it difficult to share your sexual preferences to friends and family, can take them to the theaters to watch this movie. Maybe, it will shatter some myths and make the sharing an easier task.