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The Conversion

The Conversion Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 2.0 / 5

The Conversion Movie Review : The Conversion tries to encash a burning issue but falters

Story: Sakshi and Babloo are both college students. With his demeanour, swag and talent, Babloo is the heartthrob of the college and it’s only a matter of time before they both fall in love. All hell breaks loose when Sakshi decides to marry Babloo who is from a different community.

Review: After the success of The Kashmir Files which depicted the plight of Kashmiri Hindus, The Conversion makes a similar attempt but this time it’s the burning issue of Love Jihad. Devoid of credible performances, this drama eventually turns out to be an assault on the senses. Without getting into the theatrics of this smouldering issue, if one were to dissect it simply from a cinematic perspective, this film with its below-par production values and average performances, turns out to be a dreary affair.

The film follows all the tropes that one generally witnessed in the 80s and 90s. It’s important to remember that those tropes have now turned stale and now no one cares about them. The love story that blossoms in the college between Sakshi (Vindhya Tiwari) and Babloo (Prateek Shukla) is as unimaginative as it could get. A library sequence, a college class sequence, a comic professor and an LGBT friend who is part of the protagonist’s inner circle of friends can’t exactly be termed as innovative ideas.

The film has actors like Manoj Joshi and Amit Behl but with a weak screenplay, they are not able to add much to the proceedings. The film is based in the city of Banaras but judging by the mannerism of the college students one actually wonders if such a college exists in Banaras. If the filmmaker has attempted to make a film on a real subject, why make the tone and mise en scène of the film unreal. It’s evident that the film has been ‘designed’ and not been ‘thought’. If only the makers had picked a real subject and made a film out of it, the end result would have been vastly different. Director Vinod Tiwari commits the cardinal sin of pleasing everyone and thus packs in several songs and sequences that could simply be termed bizarre in a sensitive film.

The film’s larger issue revolves around the topic of Love Jihad and it’s apparent that it makes a strong case that it’s evil and an attempt should be made to curb this practice. With its fiery dialogues (later toned down after intervention by the censor board), it’s evident that it will make a strong case to nationalists and will try to ride The Kashmir Files wave. The Conversion is a film that could have been so better only if it were punctuated by able performances and a toned-down narrative.

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