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Shrimati Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Shrimati Movie Review : A woman’s journey of self-discovery

With Shrimati, director Arjunn Dutta creates a world that is pretty close to reality. The story opens to a largely identifiable life of an affluent family with a familiar scene that sets the pace of the narrative. Much like the protagonist herself, the plot follows a sedentary path that likes to move in its own pace. That is why the tale is rather common, and yet, acceptably packaged. Cinematographer Supratim Bhol’s camera catches onto the scenes from Kolkata, from the north to the south, pretty expansively, appreciating the little-known frames this city continues to offer. In there, the director focusses on moments that wordlessly bring the focus on the protagonist from the city.
Swastika Mukherjee has always had an ability to make an impact – be it with her eyes, or her style, or her simple sense of timing. In many films she has cleanly stolen the limelight and all of the attention, even in august company. And in Shrimati, she is as natural as a duck in water. She delves into the role rather majestically, with her downcast eyes and the fingers that continuously pull on an invisible shroud, trying to hide herself as much as possible, yet wishing she had the confidence to pull off something brighter and bolder and more beautiful. This is what makes her a good fit for this role – be it in her need to sleep, her want of a backrub, the ‘parbo na’ (can’t do) attitude, or the constant need to cry at the drop of a hat.
As her screen partner, Soham Chakraborty shares a comfortable and easy chemistry with her and the duo make for an undeniably good-looking couple. As the male lead in a female-centric narrative, Soham is rather adorable as Anindya, his character providing the much-needed support that this script required to move forward. As the primary antagonist, Barkha Bisht is glamorous and a stark contrast, making it easy for the audience to hate her, but beyond that, leaves no mark.
A sedentary pace also calls for drama, often through music and dance. In a short but impactful cameo, Sudarshan Chakravorty is graceful and hilarious, and Uday Pratap Singh is quite convincing as a young trainer. The music, sadly, makes no impact, and rather deviates from the narrative’s seriousness.
A mostly predictable ending takes away from creating a stronger dramatic flare that may be the reason why, although a good watch, Shrimati doesn’t make a strong enough impact.
— Poorna Banerjee

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