Sreejith N’s Malayalam web series ‘Masterpeace’ on Hotstar looks like a homage to Wes Anderson.
In the cinematic world, few directors have mastered the art of visual storytelling quite like Wes Anderson. With every frame crafted like a painted canvas and a color palette that capture your eyes.
Anderson’s films are a feast for the eyes and the heart. Don’t you remember ‘Amen’ by LJP filled with quirks, emotions, and political undertones. That’s another example of Wes Anderson style for those who are not aware of this brilliant maker.
This rich element of Wes Anderson’s visuals and narrative brilliance is the highlight in director Sreejith’s latest Malayalam web series, Masterpeace. Compared to Sreejith’s previous flick, ‘Oru Thekkan Thallu Case’ Masterpeace is a different experiment inspired by Wes Anderson style of storytelling.
Brief About the ‘Materpiece’
‘Masterpeace’ is a story about a young married couple, Riya and Binoy. They live in Kochi and have problems in their marriage. When they fight, their parents come to their home to help. But, the parents have their own ideas and want to be in charge. The show is satirical sprinkled with some serious moments. Most of the story happens in one day, inside Riya and Binoy’s flat.
Religion, feminism, Liberalism, Dowry, Gender Neutrality, Male chauvanism, Intolerance, LGBTQ+, stereotyping of people & even Nityananda swami 😉 . The list is long and never ending, I believe, you will find at least one one-liner from all these topics in a satirical way.
Why You Should Watch This:
A Masterpeace ‘Visual Treat’
As I said in the beginning, that Wes Anderson style is the biggest plus here. Masterpeace is beautiful to watch. The homes, the colours, and the objects in the series are chosen carefully. They make every scene look like a painting, and every artist on the screen looks like a caricature in that canvas.
The series has a special style, you can find a symmetry in every frame just like the way writer Praveen crafted ultra-dramatic characters and Understated or muted characters in every events.
A Unique Story
The series gives a close look at Indian families and how they deal with problems. It’s not just about a couple’s fight, but about how older family members try to solve things their way. This drama gave you some high hopes and entertainment value in the first three episodes.
Humour and Drama
There are many funny moments in the series. These moments feel like they are taken from real-life situations in many typical Mallu families. It will remind you of some family gatherings and personally I felt like it’s laughing riot especially for those who have some ultra orthodox family members.
Director Sreejith made a great comeback with this quirky satirical experiment.
What Could Have Been Better?
Length: While the series starts off exciting, it becomes long. There are five episodes, and each episode is more than 30 minutes. Some parts of the story feel repeated and could have been shorter or edited.
Repetitive Themes: The series with some frsh approaches on how older people behave and how their orthodox views contradict with the neo-liberals. But, after some time, it feels like the same things are shown again and again.
Narration Gaps: Sometimes the voice-over in the series was confusing and slow down the narration. I wondered why it was even there.
A Masterpeace Performance From Ashokan
The series centering around six characters and my biggest entertainment was Ashokan, he will makes you laugh a lot. He hasn’t acted in big roles for some time, but he made a comeback similar to what lalu Alex did in Bro Daddy.
Maala Parvathi also acts very well as a mother who likes to be in control. These two artists make sure that you won’t abandon this show in midway.
Shanthi Krihna’s & Renji Panicker’s muted characters were overshadowed by the other ultra-dramataic characters in the movie.
The music and camera work in the series are also very good. The director, Sreejith, has made the series look beautiful and quriky. But, it would have been better if the episodes were shorter.
‘In the Mood for Love’ and ‘As Good As It Gets’ are my favourites from the post-Lunchbox era. This transformative journey commenced with a simple, unassuming film from 2013 directed by Ritesh Batra—‘The Lunchbox.’
The Lunchbox: A Lens into Realism
This movie is not just for a weekend entertainment; it offered me a fresh lens through which I could explore the nuanced, unspoken dialect of human connections.
The movie is set in the bustling life of Mumbai, home to the renowned dabbawalas and their near-perfect lunch delivery system. However, an unusual mix-up one day led a dabbawala to exchange lunchboxes, it became the link for an unexpected companionship between Saajan Fernandez and Ila.
As an accountant on the brink of retirement, Saajan’s character reflects every scene with an air of melancholy that resonates with anyone who has ever gone through loneliness once.
Saajan’s routine commute to work begins with a Mumbai urban bus ride, accompanied by a stop at his late wife’s grave before heading to his mundane accountant job.
On the other hand, we have Ila. Movie begins with Ila, a housewife who tries to get her husband’s attention by making tasty lunches for him. She thinks the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Her neighbor, Deshpande aunty, helps her out with recipes, joking that her husband will build her a Taj Mahal after tasting the food. Ila sends a lunchbox to her husband’s office using a dabbawala.
From Salty to Sweet: The Beginning
When fate humorously redirects Ila’s delicious lunchbox to Saajan, Saajan’s response to the first meal is precisely what you’d expect from a lonely accountant uncle – “Dear Ila, the food was very salty today.”
That’s all he has to say about the meal Ila put her heart into. However, this complaint marks the beginning of a unique bond between two lonely souls. Here begins the beautiful tale of ‘The Lunchbox’.
What follows is a series of letters exchanged between Saajan and Ila.
Saajan’s letters give a glimpse into his life and the changing world around him, like when he mentions,
“Life is very busy these days. There are too many people and everyone wants what the other has. Years ago you could find a place to sit on the train every now and then but these days it is difficult…When my wife died she got a horizontal burial plot. I tried to buy a burial plot for myself the other day and what they offered me was a vertical one. I spent my whole life standing in trains and buses and now I will have to stand even when I am dead.”
This newfound mode of communication allows them to open up in ways they hadn’t with anyone else before.
This is where I want to tell you, ‘The Lunchbox’ isn’t merely a story of romantic inklings; it’s just one layer of it.
Why The Lunchbox is More Than a Romantic Film
The Lunchbox is a film that explores a wide range of human emotions and relationships through its simple but powerful storytelling. It’s not just a love story between Ila and Saajan. It’s also a story about several characters who are searching for comfort and connection in their mundane loneliness.
Every character in ‘The Lunchbox’ has a touch of loneliness. Ila is trying hard to bring back the missing spark in her marriage; Saajan, a sad widower stuck in the same office job for over thirty-five years without even a friendly chat with his office neighbor; Aslam, the orphan seeking familial bonds; and the Deshpande couple, each lost in their own realm of silence. Even young Yashvi, Ila’s daughter, seems quiet and serious throughout the movie. Something not common for a child of her age.
Maybe this is the same reason, why I am obsessed with the characters of ‘Lootera’ and there Pakhi resonates with the same echo of solitude.
What Lies Beyond Romance in The Lunchbox?
There are multiple instances where The Lunchbox proves that it’s talking about human connections, a deep bond that’s formed between people when they feel seen and valued—not a curious attraction or mere romance.
One line from Saajan beautifully captures the underlying theme of his and Ila’s shared bonding: “I think we forget things if we have no one to tell them to.” This simple line tells us about the deep need we humans have for connection. It also shows how good it feels to find someone to share our everyday moments with, whether they’re boring or happy. Aslam, Deshpande Aunty, Saajan, and Ila are all looking for this kind of connection.
Just like Ila is searching for a new spice to rekindle her husband’s affection, each character is searching for something missing in their lives, and that missing piece is a bond to share!
In addition, look at the vegetable Ila chosen for her delicious dishes. Bitter Guard, Baby pumpkin aka Tinde & even Brinjal —could be a metaphor for their unconventional life choices, or maybe it seems like a gentle reflection of narrative’s core, where bitter experiences pave the path to the sweet essence of companionship, understanding, and perhaps a subtle hint of romance as well.
The Lunchbox is a film that celebrates the unity and diversity of the human connections. The characters in the film come from different shades of life though they are connected beautifully like a string of pearls.
Saajan’s poetic observation is a beautiful example of this. In a scene, Saajan explains his reflections on a painter’s works, “I felt like stopping to look at a painter’s works. All his paintings are exactly the same but when you look close, real close, you can see that they are different, each slightly different from the other…”
He sees himself in one of those paintings; he compares people to paintings, noting that they may all seem similar at first glance, but when you look closely, you can see the unique differences that make each individual special.
This is exactly what you are seeing in the film. In one angle, they all are same. But if you look close, you will see the differences.
Aslam is a Muslim, Saajan is a Christian, and Ila is a Hindu. Saajan writes in Queen’s English, I never heard someone referring to a ‘Brinjal’ as an ‘Aubergine’ and Ila replies in Hindi.
Deshpande Aunty and Ila share a deep emotional bond, even though they do not have a visual connection. This is because they are both able to sense and understand each other’s feelings.
Here communication goes beyond language, diversities, and limitations; it’s tapping into the essence of human connection.
The Lunchbox and its Painful Romance
In the romantic parts, Saajan’s sadness really hits you when he opens up to Ila, saying that he can only dream through her young hopes. He mentions, “No one buys yesterday’s lottery ticket.” This is a honest way to say that his own dreams are fading away.
But Saajan’s thank you to Ila is really heartwarming. He tells her, “You are young, you can dream. And for some time you let me into your dreams and I want to thank you for that.” You can really feel that he means it.
As the story moves on, Saajan sees that life still has more for him to experience. This part leaves you smiling with hope.
The movie gently encourages us to find the sweetness in the bitter, to look beyond the ordinary, and to appreciate the simple joys that life places in our everyday lives.
In doing so, The Lunchbox is not just a movie; it is a gentle nudge to appreciate the unspoken, the unexpressed, and the unnoticed nuances of human connections around us. In the beginning of the movie, we see Saajan’s neighbour, a young girl, closing the window on him, but by the end, that same little girl is waving at Saajan, and Saajan smiles back.
Reheating The Lunchbox: A Cliched Angle on the Ending
The ending of The Lunchbox really a debatable topic. The internet is full of explanations on climax interpretations. At first, I liked open endings but not recently, since, it confuses us.
Here are my two cents on The Lunchbox ending.
A part of me, maybe the pessimist Akhil, thinks that Ila might have given up and ended her life. When she took off her jewellery, it reminded me of the lady who jumped from the terrace to find peace (news in the movie).
Positive Akhil looks into Deshpande Aunty tells Ila that she was able to clean a running fan. Could this news have given Ila the courage to clear up her own life’s messes? Will the train bring Fernandez to Ila before she leaves? I hope so, deeply.
The Lunchbox tells the stories of people tied together by thin strings of chance: a dabbawala’s mistake, voices across the old walls of a worn building, a basket dropped from one window to another. A lonely man and his letters, a housewife and her delicacies… Through life’s unsure moments, they all found relief in a unexpected bonds, and in the midst of loneliness, sparks of connection showed up, warming the hearts stuck in life’s endless give and take.
The Lunchbox is an experience about the simple everyday interactions between people that make a difference. Experience it!
Are you keen on catching the latest OTT releases this week? From thrilling spy genres to unconventional superhero movies, the list is exciting.
Por Thozhil: An Intelligent Twist to Investigative Thrillers
OTT Platform: SonyLiv Directed by: Vignesh Raja Cast: Sarath Kumar, Ashok Selvan, Nikhila Vimal
Plot Synopsis: Por Thozhil follows seasoned police officer Lokanathan and young recruit Prakash as they join forces to nab a serial killer. A tale of intelligence and cooperation, the film transcends the typical buddy cop formula to delve into a more sophisticated story of action and intrigue.
Highlights: Smart writing sets Por Thozhil apart from other investigative thrillers. The unlikely pairing of Sarath Kumar’s veteran wisdom and Ashok Selvan’s youthful ingenuity brings freshness to the genre.
Though the film draws inspiration from classics like Stray Dog and Lethal Weapon, it finds a unique spot with its combination of suspense, action, and intelligence.
The Jengaburu Curse: Noble Intentions Overshadowed by Overwhelming Drama
OTT Platform: Sonyliv Directed by: Nila Madhab Panda Cast: Faria Abdullah, Nasser, Makarand Deshpande, Sudev Nair, Deipak Sampat, and Hitesh Dave
Plot Synopsis: Far removed from her Adivasi origins in London, Priya Das (Faria Abdullah) is thrust into the mysteries of her past when her activist father, Swatantra, disappears. The backdrop is Jengaburu, an ancestral village now under the iron grip of a mining company led by the unscrupulous Srinivas.
Local legends warn of a dragon king sleeping beneath the village, a creature that mustn’t be stirred. Yet, with each explosion and machine rumble, an ancient curse seems poised to awaken.
Highlights: The Jengaburu Curse commendable foregrounds the Adivasi narrative and the contentious realm of Indian mining, an effort far more nuanced than similar takes like Aar Ya Paar (2022).
The series boasts an ensemble cast that shines in their roles, with Faria Abdullah’s portrayal of Priya being particularly spirited.
While the series is based on a compelling premise, it often finds itself ensnared by the trappings of its thriller genre.
Over-dramatization, convenient plot developments, and drawn-out scenes at times detract from the core message.
Made in Heaven: Season 2 – A Rich Tapestry of Indian Weddings and Social Realities
OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Directed by: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Neeraj Ghaywan, Alankrita Shrivastava, and Nitya Mehra Cast: Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, among others.
Season 2 of Made in Heaven witnesses the return of Tara Khanna and Karan Mehra, our favourite wedding planners from Delhi. Diving deep into the opulent world of Indian weddings, the season unravels not just the grandeur of these ceremonies, but the undercurrents of societal norms, personal aspirations, and familial expectations. Picking up from where it left off,Tara’s personal life is in turmoil while Karan grapples with his sexuality.
Highlights: This season magnifies its focus on complex issues, with episodes like Neeraj Ghaywan’s Dalit wedding narrative, featuring a formidable Radhika Apte, standing out.
Secondary characters add depth, notably Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju’s resonating storyline. However, amidst the multitude of narratives, Sobhita Dhulipala’s Tara feels slightly subdued.
Overall, Made in Heaven: Season 2 offers a layered exploration of contemporary Indian society, intertwining the allure of weddings with hard-hitting social commentaries.
Neymar: A Lighthearted Bond with Man’s Best Friend
OTT Platform: Hotstar Directed by: Sudhi Maddison Cast: Mathew Thomas, Naslen K Gafoor, Shammi Thilakan, Yog Japee
Plot Synopsis: In Neymar, the directorial debut of Sudhi Maddison, the bond of friendship intertwines with the love for a dog, leading to a series of unforeseen adventures. Centered around Aakamsh and Shinto, staunch supporters of the Brazil football team and admirers of its star player Neymar, the story takes a twist when an indie dog, named Neymar, enters their lives. From dreaming about aviation careers to a whirlwind quest in Pondicherry to retrieve Neymar from a formidable new owner, the film serves an intriguing cocktail of comedy and chaos.
Highlights: While the narrative takes a relaxed pace in its Kothamangalam setting, the momentum magnifies when the backdrop shifts to Pondicherry.
The camaraderie between Mathew and Naslen is palpable, though their established chemistry sometimes feels repetitive. Yet, it’s the veterans like Vijayaraghavan, manifesting as the vibrant Chackola, who leave an indelible mark.
Despite its predictability, the film scores with its heartwarming moments, especially those involving the titular dog. For those seeking light-hearted entertainment, Neymar is a delightful pick.
Maaveeran: The Voice Within – An Audacious Superhero Story
OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Directed by: Madonne Ashwin Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Yogi Babu, Mysskin, Sunil, Saritha, Adithi Shankar
Plot Synopsis: In the bustling streets of Tamil Nadu, Sathya, a humble comic-book artist, sketches tales of valor. His life, shadowed by poverty and the need to protect his family, takes a radical shift when a mysterious voice (akin to the ‘Maveeran’ from his comics) begins forecasting imminent events. This auditory guide, coupled with socio-political upheavals, thrusts him into an extraordinary journey. As structures crumble and systems fail, Sathya grapples with his newfound ‘precognition’ power, while also confronting his own inhibitions.
Highlights: Maaveeran brilliantly juxtaposes a superhero narrative with underlying political tones.
Sivakarthikeyan‘s rapport with comedic genius Yogi Babu enlivens the film, adding layers of humour amidst intense sequences.
Noteworthy is the film’s audacity to challenge and subvert traditional superhero tropes while still catering to the commercial palette.
The dynamics between supporting characters, notably Sunil and Mysskin, are intricately woven, ensuring every subplot gets its deserving closure.
Padmini: A Humorous Dive into Societal Scrutiny
OTT Platform: Netflix Directed by: Senna Hegde Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Aparna Balamurali, Madonna Sebastian, Vincy Aloshious.
Plot Synopsis: Amidst the buzzing chatter and societal judgements, Rameshan’s life takes an unexpected turn when his wife, Smrithi, elopes on their wedding day. Left to face the brunt of the village’s ridicule, Rameshan, a poet and lecturer, embarks on a comedic journey to find love once again. Amidst the chaos, parallel narratives unfold, touching upon modern relationships, societal norms, and the quirks that bind us all together.
Highlights: Hegde’s signature style of highlighting societal intricacies remains intact.
Kunchacko Boban excels as the heartbroken Rameshan, whose endeavours in love, interspersed with comedic interactions with his brother-in-law (portrayed by Anand Manmadhan), form the essence of the film.
A standout subplot showcases advocate Sreedevi’s (Aparna Balamurali) turbulent relationship with her over-protective fiance Jayan (Sajin Cherukayil). The inclusion of fictional brand advertisements, reminiscent of Tarantino-esque style, adds a quirky flavour.
Other Exclusive OTT Releases This Week
OTT: Aha Director: Amr Murugesh Writer: Amr Murugesh Stars: Ammu Abhirami, Aditya Badekar, Delhi Ganesh
Plot Synopsis: A timeless romantic narrative that intricately binds six individuals, Vaan Moondru beautifully transcends societal norms surrounding age and relationships. This poignant tale of love paints a vivid picture of evolving relationships and emotions.
OTT: Aha Director: Aneel Kanneganti Stars: Ashwin Babu, Nandita Swetha
Plot Synopsis: Set in the heart of Hyderabad, “Hidimbha” unravels a chilling medical mystery. As two diligent police officers embark on an inquiry into a peculiar case, the city witnesses a series of disappearances. Strikingly, all victims are young girls, bound by one intriguing similarity. As the plot thickens, truths emerge, and a sinister game begins.
The Killing Vote
OTT: Amazon Prime Director: Park Shin-Woo Writer: Eom Se-Yoon Stars: Park Hae Jin, Park Sung Woong, Lim Ji Yeon
Plot Synopsis: In an unsettling world where justice is questionable, “The Killing Vote” dives deep into the unsettling game of death penalty voting. Every adult citizen is polled. If majority votes favor the death sentence, the mysterious Gae Tal (Dog’s Tail) exacts lethal justice on offenders who exploit the system’s flaws. As the narrative unfolds, moral dilemmas arise, questioning societal norms and individual agency.
Heart Of Stone
OTT: Netflix Stars: Alia Bhatt, Gal Gadot
Plot Synopsis: Join the espionage world with “Heart of Stone.” Gal Gadot, celebrated globally for her iconic role as Wonder Woman, takes center stage in this thrilling spy drama. Taking cues from franchises like “Mission: Impossible” and “James Bond,” Netflix ventures into the realm of spy thrillers, positioning Gadot in a pioneering role. As intrigue, action, and suspense merge, “Heart of Stone” is poised to establish its niche in the spy genre.
Kerala Crime Files, As Hotstar’s first Malayalam thriller web series, I held high hopes. And I was happy to see that Disney Hotstar managed to meet my expectations in terms of production quality.
The series, set in 2011, showed a clear investment in recreating that era’s technological and ambient milieu. The craftsmanship on display was remarkable.
Penned by Aashiq Imar and directed by Ahammed Khabeer (known for ‘Madhuram’ and ‘June’), I had a feeling that the narrative might have fared far better as a standalone OTT movie instead of a web series.
A Case of Too Long a Tale
The plot, at its core, is simple. Sub-Inspector Manoj and his team of four are on the heels of a sex worker’s murderer. Their leads? A fake address: Shiju Parayil Veedu, Neendakara, and a witness who claims the suspect has squinted eyes. They are solving the case within six days (6 Episodes).
It sounds gripping, doesn’t it?
However, as the story opened up, my interest began to wane. The narrative felt like a wafer-thin premise stretched far too thin; it’s pretty evident that the writer didn’t spend much time with the characters or the events. If it were a 100-minute movie, this writing might work well, but I am not sure about a crime-thriller web series.
The series takes off slowly, with the first two episodes feeling like they could have been compressed into one. The narrative regains momentum in the third episode, establishing a robust motive for the lead character (S.I. Manoj) to track down the killer. But after that, the excitement ebbs again, only to return in the fifth episode.
Although the choice to depict six days across six episodes lends realism, the thrill factor takes a hit, perhaps a side effect of my steady diet of thrillers.
Written Poor, but Executed Well
The characters, whether the killer or the police officers, lack depth and layers. The addition of officers’ personal lives seemed a ploy to stretch the runtime, lacking subtlety or layers. The writer tried to build an image of the murderer with the first five episodes, and when it was finally revealed, I found a mismatch between the buildup and reality. That’s where I felt the writer should have spent much more time with the scripting.
In the climax, the explanation of the motto felt artificial. The victim character did not pull it off well enough to make it convincing. However, I really enjoyed the villain and his subtle cues.
The series showcases commendable performances from Aju Varghese in the lead role, supported by Navaz Vallikunnu, Zhinz Shaan, and Devika Rajendran. Zhinz Shaan’s constable “Pradeep” deserves a special mention for his steadfast character arc. His obstinate and narrow-minded approach distinguishes him from his colleagues. Another noteworthy performance is that of Lal in the role of CI Kurian.
To sum it up, lower your expectations, and you may find ‘Kerala Crime Files’ enjoyable. While it manages to retain your attention, it falls short of being a nail-biting thriller. The expectations set by the trailer didn’t fully translate into the series, and it spoiled my experience with this thriller.
My Opinion: A Promising Start, but Does It Deliver? Doubtful
Before I talk about the movie Siya, let me share some horrible incidents with you.
Case – 1
On September 14, 2020, a case was registered at the Hathras police station in Uttar Pradesh, India, under number 194/2020. The victim was a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by four men from an influential family.
The four accused men dragged the victim into a field and gang-raped her. They also tried to strangle her to death. The victim was found lying unconscious in the field by some villagers. She was rushed to a hospital in Hathras.
The police were able to record the victim’s statement on September 22(After the protest). She died on September 29, 2020.
On the night of September 29, at around 2:30 am, the victim was cremated by the Uttar Pradesh Police without the consent or knowledge of the victim’s family. Petrol was used for the cremation.
When the news initially broke through social media, the Agra Police, Hathras District Magistrate, and UP’s Information & Public Relations department dismissed it as “fake news.”
A video surfaced in which the Hathras District Magistrate can be seen pressuring the family to alter their statement. He was heard saying, “Don’t ruin your credibility. These media people will leave in a couple of days. Half have already left, the rest will leave in 2-3 days. We are the ones standing with you. Now it depends on you if you want to keep changing your testimony…”
Inhumane Actions For Defence
On October 2, the head of BJP’s IT cell, Amit Malviya, tweeted a video of the 19-year-old victim, revealing her face, allegedly violating Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code.
On October 4, Rajveer Singh Pehelwan, a former MLA of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), organized a rally in support of the accused. The rally garnered hundreds of attendees, including family members of the four accused.
A BJP leader, Ranjeet Srivastava, claimed the accused were not guilty of the crime. He further questioned, “Such girls are found dead only in specific places. They are discovered in sugarcane, corn, and millet fields, or in bushes, gutters, or forests. Why are they never found dead in paddy or wheat fields?“
Another statement that drew fierce criticism came from BJP MLA Surendra Nath Singh, who suggested that “Sanskar should be instilled in girls to prevent incidents of rape.“
Reports from The Wire and other sources indicated that the Uttar Pradesh government engaged Concept PR, a Mumbai-based public relations firm. Allegedly, the PR firm released press statements on behalf of the government, asserting that the Hathras teenager was not raped.
The Hathras police arrested the four accused—Sandeep, Ramu, Lavkush, and Ravi—on charges of attempted murder and gang rape.
On March 2, 2023, the Hathras district court acquitted three of the four accused—Ramu, Luvkush, and Ravi. The fourth accused, Sandeep, was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (IPC Section 304) and offenses under the SC/ST Act. However, he was not found guilty of rape and murder, receiving a life imprisonment sentence along with a fine of ₹50,000.
The State government, led by Yogi Adityanath, and the district administration announced a compensation of ₹2.5 million (US$31,000) for the victim’s family. Additionally, they offered a junior assistant job to a family member. Furthermore, the family will be allocated a house in Hathras under the State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) scheme.
Case – 2
This is infamous 2017 Unnao Rape Case.
The 2017 Unnao rape case involved the gang rape and assault of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India. The incident occurred on June 4, 2017.
According to the victim’s statement, she was enticed by a woman named Shashi Singh, along with her son, Shubham Singh, and daughter, Nidhi Singh, to relocate to Kanpur with promises of securing a job.
On the night of June 11, 2017, she accompanied Shubham Singh and allegedly endured multiple instances of rape by him and his driver, Awdhesh Tiwari.
On June 21, 2017, 17 days later, the victim was found in a village in Auraiya district, Uttar Pradesh. She received medical treatment for her injuries at a hospital in Lucknow.
The police recorded her statement on June 22, but prevented her from identifying one of her assailants BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
Apr 3, 2018: Rape survivor’s father is beaten up by MLA’s brother and his goons.
Though both sides lodge complaints against each other, the police choose to arrest only her father and he is sent to judicial custody. Her father dies in police custody. The post-mortem report lists the cause of death to be “blood poisoning due to perforation of colon”. It also lists multiple injuries on his body.
Prior to his death, he accused Atul, the brother of Sengar, of leading the assault. However, no action was taken in response to this complaint at the time.
On April 8, 2018, the victim attempted self-immolation at the residence of Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
April 11, 2018: The victim and her family are confined to a hotel room on the pretext of protection, without water or electricity.
April 12, 2018: Sengar, Atul Singh and their accomplices are arrested by the CBI.
April 14, 2018: The CBI makes a second arrest in the Unnao rape case . It takes into custody the woman who allegedly took the girl to Sengar on the day of the crime.
July 2, 2018: The uncle of the victim is convicted in a 19-year-old case of attempt to murder that had been filed by Atul Singh. He is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a district court.
July 28, 2018: A Rae Bareli truck-car collision leaves the girl and her lawyer critically injured. Two of the victim’s aunts are killed in the accident. The victim, who is battling for her life in a hospital in Lucknow with multiple fractures, head and chest injuries, and her lawyer are on ventilator support.
On December 16, 2019, Sengar was found guilty of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. His associates were also convicted and received varying prison terms.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, marking 75 years of our independence, we find ourselves questioning the very essence of our freedom. Has it truly manifested? Can we truly call ourselves free when there is an evident shift of power from one oppressive regime to another? Britishers may have left us, but did they leave a vacuum only to be filled by illiterate criminals?
Who should we blame for this?
The responsibility, I believe, falls upon each one of us. We, the citizens of India, who possess the right to vote, have the right to choose who shall represent us and who shall guide us.
There’s a saying, “Politicians are like diapers; we should change them frequently, otherwise it stinks.” Well, power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. A truth that most of us have learned through life experiences, but do we act upon it?
Politics in our country seems to have become a playground for the criminals and oligarchs. Once an individual assumes a political position, they cling to power like a leech for their entire life.
South-North-West all same
States like Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal, Bihar and Karnataka all reflect the same issue:
Look at Tamil Nadu; one family has been ruling the state for years. Go to Telangana; one person is ruling the state like there is no alternative. Look at Karnataka; it’s either Siddharamaiyya or Yedyurappa. On the national level, we have dynasty politics, or ultra-right-wing politics.
Our collectivist culture, our admiration of heroism—it’s not wrong! But when it transforms into blind admiration and political slavery, we must recognise and correct it.
If you are a communist, no matter what, you try to defend the party. You want that party to be in power, no matter how corrupt or fascist they are.
If you are a BJP supporter, you don’t care who your CM is or what they do. You just want to see the saffron flag waving.
It’s not about the party we support or the colour of the flag we want to see waving. It’s about who represents us and shapes our future.
Remember the atrocities that have been committed under these ultimatums of power? The VYAPAM scandal (Over 40 deaths, still a mystery) or the Balrampur gang rape—the list goes on.
Just like in our Telugu movies, where the common man bows down to the hero, the “devudu”, we too find ourselves bowing to these politicians and bureaucrats, suffering their injustices.
Siya – Untold story of 1000s of girls
Siya is Manish Mundra’s directorial debut, starring Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh.
I am happy that I choose Siya over Adipurush today.
I believe Adhipurush is the past, and Siya is about my present and future.
Siya, a 17-year-old rape survivor, is being held captive and repeatedly abused by a group of powerful men. She had two options: “endure in silence” or “fight injustice bravely.” She chose the second option.
Siya decides to go against all odds and fight for justice. The film talks about how the police and politicians using their power to suppress the truth and oppress the oppressed.
Pooja Pandey, the lead character, beautifully plays her part as a simple, obedient, yet courageous woman. She doesn’t transform into a fiery fighter instantly; the character’s progression is remarkable.
Vineet Kumar Singh stands out as a modest lawyer who handles notary work and refuses to be intimidated by the police, providing strong support to Siya.
If I were to paint a simple picture of what ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ is all about, it would be like this: Imagine a slice of life from a middle-class Indian home from Indore, few drama stuffed with humor and woven around the dreams of a young couple. The director, Laxman Utekar, has tried to create a lively canvas where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, much like his previous work, Mimi.
Story of ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’
Let me introduce you to our main couple, Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan, who play everyday people just like any other middle-class urban couple. Vicky’s character, Kapil, is a yoga teacher with simple dreams and a clever way of finding shortcuts to solve big problems. On the other hand, Sara Ali Khan portrays Saumya, a spirited chemistry professor with dreams that extend far beyond her home and her lovely georgette sarees.
Their everyday life takes an interesting turn when the pressures of living with their extended family become overwhelming. They yearn for a ‘place’ they can call their ‘own’, a home where they can create their own space and cherish their dreams. And that’s when our story, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’, begins to unfold.
What follows is a delightful rollercoaster of events, ranging from comical to dramatic, all revolving around this relatable and universal desire for a home.
In a nutshell, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ take us to witness the dreams, challenges, and hilarious complications faced by this young Indian couple. Especially, while they navigate through societal expectations, personal ambitions, and the quest for a place to call their own.
Why You Should Give A Try?
Firstly, let’s talk about the performances. Vicky Kaushal, known for his versatile acting skills, brings his A-game to the table as Kapil, the yoga teacher with a penchant for finding clever solutions. His portrayal is relatable and engaging, showcasing his ability to bring charm and authenticity to the character. Sara Ali Khan, on the other hand, captivates with her vibrant presence as Saumya, a chemistry professor who yearns for more from life. Her energy and commitment to the role shine through, adding depth to the narrative.
One of the film’s strengths lies in its ability to tackle real-life issues in a light-hearted manner. The storyline revolves around the dreams and challenges faced by a young middle-class couple, resonating with audiences who have similar aspirations and struggles. Laxman Utekar’s direction, as seen in his previous work like Mimi, ensures that the film strikes a balance between entertainment and thought-provoking storytelling.
Moreover, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ offers a glimpse into the world of Indore, a city that adds its own flavor to the narrative. The film beautifully captures the essence of small-town life, providing a unique backdrop for the characters and their journey.
What Could Have Been Better?
In my opinion, one thing that really felt odd to me was that the chemistry between Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal. It didn’t seem to have much chemistry on-screen.
Even though they are both talented actors with their own strengths, their pairing in the movie didn’t create the desired spark.
Sara Ali Khan
I was expecting a Sara Ali Khan from Atrangi Re, unfortunately, I only got that energy from her, not the natural demeanour. If Sara – Vicky chemistry had been stronger, it would have made Kapil’s & Soumya’s journey more interesting. Here audience may feel some disconnect with the story.
Plot of ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’
Another important point to consider is that the plot of the movie. I felt it was stretched out. The pacing, especially in the second half, was not well done.
If the script had been tighter and repetitive elements had been eliminated, it would have created a more focused and engaging narrative.
Originality & Freshness
The story was highly relatable, but it lacked originality and seemed similar to other films like old Dinesh Vijan films or “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” style. If the filmmakers had strived for a more unique storytelling approach, it would have made the movie stand out from its predecessors.
Chemistry between Vicky Kaushal & Sara Ali Khan
As I said before, Vicky Kaushal’ portrayal of Kapil is excellent, but I felt that Sara Ali Khan’s efforts fell short compared to Vicky. It’s important for Khan to refine her acting approach, finding a balance between being authentic and avoiding being too theatrical.
Laxman Utekar’s approach
From an audience perspective, Laxman Utekar’s approach to ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ should be criticized for lacking energy and excitement. If he had incorporated more dynamic and innovative storytelling techniques, especially during crucial moments of the film, it would have injected more vitality into the overall viewing experience
In conclusion, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ remains an opportunity to immerse oneself in a light-hearted tale that resonates with the dreams and challenges faced by many. So, if you’re willing to overlook its flaws and embrace its relatable themes, this film has the potential to provide an entertaining and thought-provoking experience.
Bookmyshow offers a Buy one Get one offer for this movie (Only for June 2 Bookings I guess) considering that, it’s worth to give a try.
Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai Review: This is a powerful courtroom drama that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary lawyer, P.C. Solanki, played by the talented Manoj Bajpayee.
Plot: Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Ha
The story unfolds in the heart of Delhi, where a brave young girl (Adrija Sinha) steps forward to accuse a highly influential godman, referred to as ‘Baba’, of sexual abuse.
P.C. Solanki, despite being a small-time lawyer, accepts the daunting task of representing the girl in court, fully aware of the serious dangers and challenges he will face. The girl’s parents hire him after their previous lawyer is exposed trying to take a bribe from Baba’s allies. Solanki faces bribery, witness intimidation, and even murder. But he never gives up. He fights for the girl and eventually wins her case.
How he wins the case against the odds, is what makes it interesting.
Outside the courtroom, Solanki, a devout Shiva worshipper, provides emotional and moral support to the victim, reinforcing her faith in justice. His firm belief in righteousness and his dedication to his profession helps him combat the threats that come his way.
P.C Solanki is a well-written character, you will understand that from the beginning itself.
The film “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” showcases the tenacity of the common man and salutes the resilience of survivors of sexual abuse.
“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” is inspired by the infamous 2013 case involving Asaram Bapu, a self-proclaimed godman in India. Asaram Bapu was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor girl studying in one of his educational institutions. The character P.C. Solanki, played by Manoj Bajpayee in the film, is based on the real-life lawyer who took on the formidable task of legally challenging the influential godman.
Indeed, a significant and tragic element of the real-life case that parallels the movie is the intimidation and violence faced by witnesses, including multiple murder attempts and successful assassinations.
The Asaram Bapu case saw key witnesses facing extreme threats and violence for their willingness to testify against the godman. At least three key witnesses met their untimely death, with others surviving attacks or receiving death threats. These incidents appeared as clear attempts to intimidate other potential witnesses and obstruct the course of justice.
Similarly, in “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai,” there are scenes showing the escalating violence against those associated with the case, including attacks on the lawyer P.C. Solanki, played by Manoj Bajpayee.
While the movie does not explicitly name Asaram, the narrative follows a similar trajectory, building towards a climactic courtroom judgement.
Cast & Performances
“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” showcases truly extraordinary performances, with standout acts by Manoj Bajpayee and Adrija Sinha significantly enhancing the film’s impact.
Manoj Bajpayee, playing the role of P.C. Solanki, personifies the heart and soul of the film. He is well-known for his intense roles, but in this film, he steps up his performance even more. His depiction of a small-town lawyer who dares to challenge the powerful godman is an eye-pleasing performance.
Manoj Bajpayee infuses authenticity and a quiet dignity into P.C. Solanki’s character, anchoring the film with his nuanced and heartfelt act. His exceptional talent illuminates every scene, further strengthening his status as one of India’s finest actors.
Playing the role of the young victim, Nu, Adrija Sinha delivers a potent performance. Even as a newcomer in the industry, Adrija Sinha’s portrayal of Nu is touching and invites empathy. She convincingly depicts the character’s initial vulnerability and her subsequent evolution as she courageously confronts her trauma. Adrija Sinha’s sensitive performance leaves a deep impression on viewers and earmarks her as a promising talent for the future.
Furthermore, the entire cast of “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” excel in their roles, enriching the film with depth and complexity. Each character comes to life through dedicated portrayal, creating a believable world where the story unravels.
Writer Deepak Kingrani & Director Apoorv Singh Karki
Deepak Kingrani’s writing in “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” combines simplicity with depth and substance. He brilliantly exposes the complexities of a legal battle and the mental fortitude required for a victim to withstand such a dreadful experience.
His characters, from the firm lawyer, P.C. Solanki, to the brave young victim, exhibit a balance between strength and vulnerability.
These characters appear as highly respected legal minds in the film, their expertise and the respect they command depicted with striking authenticity.
Apoorv Singh Karki’s direction matches Kingrani’s writing perfectly. Karki treats the subject with great care, guaranteeing the film’s respectfulness and authenticity.
He doesn’t sensationalize the courtroom scenes; he paints them as crucial and intense, yet avoids excessive drama. Karki subtly enhances the atmosphere of danger and fear surrounding the main character. The scene where two men on a motorcycle follow P.C. Solanki illustrates this – it creates suspense and fear without relying on over-the-top action or dialogue.
Is It Worth Watching?
Powerful Performances from our very own Family Man & Adrija Sinha
Intriguing Storyline: How a common man ace against the odds, How a 16 year old set the mindset for fighting against the evil minds in the society, how a lawyer setting victim’s mindset.
Trust me, it’s worth watching this.
Social Relevance: The film tackles important social issues, focusing on the real struggles faced by victims of sexual assault, their fight for justice, and societal prejudices.
Especially, there is a conversation between Manoj Bajpayee & Victim’s father during their first meeting at his office. It’s an eye-opening narration for every parent.
Some small disappointments are: Though the storytelling is quite compelling, the film could benefit from more dynamic cinematography.
Using more varied camera angles and innovative lighting techniques could add visual layers to the narrative, making certain scenes more impactful.
Similalrly, more investment in the set design and understanding the nuances of court proceedings could have helped build a stronger environment.
The title of the movie Kathal (2023), which translates to ‘Jackfruit’ in English, is a curious choice.
It is this curiosity which makes me give a try for this comedy-thriller from Netflix this week. Maybe, we can consider it as an answer to Amazon Prime’s Dahaad, which released last week, considering the core plot.
Yashowardhan Mishra’s direction takes us through an eventful narrative, highlighting the socio-political dynamics, caste prejudices, and gender biases in an Indian semi-urban setting.
Plot of Kathal (2023)
The plot revolves around a bizarre case of missing jackfruits that propels the story into unexpected territory.
The jackfruits aren’t your regular type; they’re a rare breed from Malaysia, owned by a local MLA (Vijay Raaz) who values them highly, not for their taste, but for their role in his political ambitions.
These jackfruits, when pickled, are his secret recipe to win over political allies. One day, the jackfruits mysteriously vanish from his garden, throwing the town into a frenzy.
Here comes our heroine, Inspector Mahima Basor(Sanya Malhotra). She’s a dedicated and diligent police officer, driven by her commitment to solve crimes and bring justice.
When this peculiar case of the missing jackfruits falls into her lap, she doesn’t shy away. Instead, she dives right into the heart of the mystery, unafraid of the oddities and absurdities it brings.
But just as she begins to unravel the enigma of the missing jackfruits, she stumbles upon an even darker secret lurking beneath the town’s surface.
This unexpected twist takes her on a path that is far removed from her initial assignment.
Find The Answers by Watching Kathal(2023)
So, what does Inspector Mahima find?
What does the missing jackfruit case have to do with the darker mystery she uncovers?
And can she manage to solve these intertwined cases while dealing with the complexities of her personal life and the societal biases of her small town?
Well, to get these answers, you’ll have to dive into the vibrant world of “Kathal”
Trust me, it’s a ride filled with comedy, intrigue, and a dose of social satire you wouldn’t want to miss!
Perfect Casting With Poor Costumes
The performance of the “Kathal” cast is truly one of the highlights of the movie, bringing depth and authenticity to the storyline.
The lead role of Inspector Mahima Basor is played by the versatile Sanya Malhotra, who has already proven her acting prowess in several previous roles. I believe she is the new Radhika Apte of Netflix.
In “Kathal,” she continues to impress, beautifully balancing her character’s charm and firmness. She delivers a performance that’s both compelling and endearing, offering a fresh portrayal of a diligent police officer.
Supporting Sanya is the talented Anantvijay Joshi. His portrayal of a junior police officer brings a dynamic element to the film, contributing to its overall charm and depth.
Neha Saraf, known for her excellent comic timing, also joins the “Kathal” cast, portraying the challenges of a professional woman balancing work and domestic duties. Her performance adds another layer of relatability to the story.
Veteran actors Vijay Raaz and Rajpal Yadav bring their trademark humor and style to their roles as a manipulative MLA and an enthusiastic local journalist, respectively. Despite the peculiar choice of wigs for their characters, they manage to deliver performances that are both enjoyable and memorable.
Why Should You Watch Kathal Movie ?
The “Kathal” movie is a perfect blend of social commentary, humor, and excellent performances.
It sets itself apart by using a unique storyline – the mysterious disappearance of two prized jackfruits – to highlight deeper issues prevalent in society.
One of the key reasons to watch the “Kathal” movie is its successful portrayal of the socio-political landscape of small-town in North India.
It doesn’t resort to preaching or making lofty statements. Instead, it nudges viewers gently towards acknowledging and understanding the biases and loopholes in our society.
The nuanced performances of the “Kathal” cast further enrich the film. Sanya Malhotra’s character, Inspector Mahima, is particularly noteworthy. She is not just a police officer on a mission, but a woman striving for respect and equality in a male-dominated world.
The movie also benefits from its balance of serious themes with light-hearted moments. The injection of humor keeps the tone enjoyable, ensuring that the audience stays engaged while absorbing the film’s key messages.
In conclusion, if you appreciate cinema that makes you laugh while also making you think, the “Kathal” movie is a must-watch.
What is this japanese movie Departures about? Why it’s a must watch Japanese Movie?
Where can I watch this Departures (2008) with subtitles ?
What is the significance of the stone letter in departures or What are the symbolic elements in Departures?
In this post, we will cover all this.
What is the story of “Departures”
Daigo Kobayashi is a young man who has always dreamed of becoming a professional cellist. He works hard and eventually secures a spot in a prestigious orchestra. However, his dream shatters when financial difficulties lead to the disbanding of the orchestra.
Forced to move back to Daigo’s hometown in Yamagata, Daigo and his wife, Mika, struggle to make ends meet. Daigo stumbles upon an ad for a job he mistakes for a travel agency role. However, at the interview, he discovers the job is actually at a mortuary.
Initially hesitant, Daigo eventually accepts the position out of financial necessity.
This decision marks the turning point of the film and the beginning of Act 2.
What challenges await him, and how will he overcome them?
Will this job, so starkly different from his dreams, become a burden or an unexpected blessing?
Will Daigo find his true calling in life? Or will he regret his decision to work at the mortuary?
How does the film challenge traditional views of death and dying?
How does it demonstrate the ways we can support each other through difficult times?
Find the answers by watching the film.
Where to Watch Departures With Subtitles?
If you live in the USA, Tubi allows you to watch this movie freely. If you live outside the USA, consider using a VPN to access it, or alternatively, click here to watch it on m4uhd.
6 Reasons Why Japanese Movie ‘Departures’ is a Must Watch!
1. Balance of Humor and Drama
Despite the serious theme of death, the movie cleverly incorporates humour to prevent it from becoming too dark. It successfully blends whimsy and irony, providing a warm-hearted viewing experience.
All its events encourage viewers to think about their relationships, the significance of family, and societal values, making it an intellectually stimulating watch.
2. Wonderful Acting
The main actors in “Departures” do an excellent job. Masahiro Motoki, who plays Daigo, makes you believe in his character’s inner struggle as he adjusts to his new job.
Tsutomu Yamazaki, as Sasaki, portrays a man who’s seen a lot in life but still has a sense of humour. Their performances make the movie feel real and engaging.
3. Beautiful Music
Joe Hisaishi‘s music in the movie is like a character itself. It’s peaceful and hopeful, and when Daigo plays his cello, it adds another layer of emotion to the story.
4. Amazing Cinematography
The movie shows us beautiful scenes ofYamagata’s countryside. The stunning mountains and rivers make you feel like you’re right there in Japan.
5. Detailing in Rituals & Culture
Departures provide a unique insight into Japanese culture. The detailed depiction of traditional Japanese death rituals, such as the encoffining ceremony, offers a rich cultural experience for the audience.
6. Deep Symbolism
The film employs powerful symbols such as the cherry blossom, representing the transience of life. The strategic use of the colour white, classical music, and ritualised hand gestures further emphasise the sacredness and purity of death ceremonies.
The best one is (might be a spoiler so please skip the next information) the stone letter in this movie plays a significant symbolic role.
What is the significance of the stone letter in Departures
It is a medium through which Daigo communicates with his late father, and it symbolises the unspoken love, forgiveness, and reconciliation between them.
Daigo’s father had left him and his mother when Daigo was a child. For years, Daigo held resentment towards his father. When he finds the stone letter among his father’s possessions, it allows him to understand that his father always cared for him and thought about him, even if he was not present physically.
The stone letter is also a representation of Daigo’s father’s wish to communicate his love and apologies to his son. This stone, given to Daigo when he was a baby and returned to him upon his father’s death, symbolises the cyclical nature of life and death, and the continuity of love and memories.
The stone letter, thus, aids in Daigo’s personal transformation. It helps him come to terms with his father’s absence and fuels his empathy towards the bereaved families he serves as an encoffineer. This understanding of his father’s love, albeit posthumous, helps Daigo find closure and enables him to forgive his father, representing a reconciliation even after death.
6. Emotional Impact
“Departures” is a movie that stays with you after you watch it. It explores big ideas like the meaning of life and death, and it makes you think about your own relationships and the people you care about.
It’s a movie that can make you laugh, cry, and think, all at the same time.
Why Should You Skip This Movie?
This Japanese movie “Departures” is a deeply emotional and thought-provoking film that deals with mature themes such as death, grief, societal prejudice, and personal growth.
Therefore, it may not be suitable for all types of audiences.
Pacing: The film is paced deliberately, taking time to develop its characters and explore its themes. Those who prefer fast-paced action or thriller movies may find it slow.
Mature Themes: The film delves into mature themes such as death, societal prejudice, and personal transformation. It may not be suitable for younger viewers who might not be able to fully understand or process these themes.
Emotional Intensity: Those in search of lighter, more uplifting entertainment might find it overwhelmingly intense.
In this post, we will see why ‘Memories of Murder‘ a must watch Korean thriller, where to watch “Memories of Murder” & then I will share 6 More Thrillers similar to “Memories of Murder” in the end.
“Memories of Murder”, originally titled “Salinui chueok”, is a spellbinding film that takes you on a journey into the heart of a real-life mystery.
Language: Korean Director: Bong Joon Ho (Director of Parasite) Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
What is the story of ‘Memories of Murder’
The story unfolds in 1986 in the provincial town of Hwaseong, South Korea.
The tranquility of the town is shattered when the bodies of two raped and murdered women are discovered.
Local detectives, Park and Cho Yong Koo, had to figure out who did it.
As they grapple with the mounting pressure, the investigation reveals a chilling pattern – all the murders occur in the rain, and the same haunting melody seems to echo in the background each time.
They first thought a man named Baek, who had a mental disability, could be the one behind the bad things. But then, Detective So Tae from Seoul came to help. He thought differently, which made the investigation more complicated. Right and wrong seemed to mix up.
Could they find the bad guy, or was he hiding among them?
As the story went on, they started to suspect a factory worker named Pak Hyun-gyu. He fit the pattern of the crimes. But they had to try something new and unsure to prove it – DNA testing, something not common in Korean investigations back then.
But, I won’t ruin the surprise for you.
Let’s just say things aren’t always what they seem, and sometimes the truth is harder to find than you’d think.
Why it’s a Must WatchKorean Thriller
“Memories of Murder” is a great example of storytelling.
It mixes real-life events and made-up stories to create a movie that you won’t forget even after it’s over.
This movie is not just about solving a crime. It also talks about society and the times when the crime happened. Movie shows the fear and confusion people feltwhen a psycho was hurting others and nobody could catch him. It also shows how the law was struggling to stop him.
The movie’s realistic portrayal of the investigative process, the nuanced performances, and the meticulous attention to detail make “Memories of Murder” a standout film in the crime thriller genre.
The narrative skillfully maintains a balance between fact and fiction, providing an immersive experience that both educates and entertains the viewer.
The cinematic techniques employed in the film, such as the use of weather and music to set the mood and pace, further enhance the storytelling.
Where to watch “Memories of Murder” ?
Unfortunately, this movie is not availaible in any streaming sites in India. If you couldn’t find any streaming site from your country.
If you have seen this movie, let me help you with some questions.
What is “memories of murder” based on? What case is memories of murder based on?
“Memories of Murder” is based on the real-life case of the Hwaseong serial murders, which occurred in South Korea between 1986 and 1991.The Hwaseong serial murders is the first recorded case of serial killings in South Korea, with ten women being brutally raped and murdered over a period of five years.
Is “Memories of murder” a true story? How much of “Memories of murder” is true?
The movie is a fictionalized version of these events, and while it follows the overarching narrative of the investigation, it includes fictional characters and dramatized events for cinematic purposes.
As such, it’s not a documentary-style retelling, and it takes creative liberties for storytelling. Therefore, it’s not entirely accurate to say that “Memories of Murder” is completely true, but it’s based on true events.
Over 13 years after the movie came out, there was a big update. On September 18, 2019, police named a suspect in the Hwaseong serial murders. This man, Lee Choon-jae, was in his 50s. DNA evidence tied him to the crimes.
They found a match between his DNA and DNA from a victim’s underwear. Tests also linked him to four other unsolved murders. The film didn’t reveal the killer’s identity, but in reality, they found the answer after more than 30 years.
This fact adds a scary endnote to “Memories of Murder”.
Which are some movies like “Memories of murder” ?
If you’re looking for movies that are similar to “Memories of Murder,” you might be interested in films that combine elements of crime, mystery, and suspense with strong storytelling and character development.
Here are a few suggestions:
“Zodiac” (2007): Directed by David Fincher, this movie is based on the true story of the hunt for the Zodiac Killer in San Francisco during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like “Memories of Murder,” it’s a procedural thriller that focuses on the investigators and journalists obsessed with the case.
The Chaser (2008)
“The Chaser” (2008): This is a South Korean action thriller about a former detective turned pimp who is on a desperate search to find some of his missing girls. As he unravels the truth, he finds himself up against a brutal serial killer.
“Prisoners” (2013): Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film is about the search for two young girls who go missing in a small town, and the lengths one of the fathers (played by Hugh Jackman) is willing to go to find them.
“Children” (2011, South Korea): This chilling movie is based on true events. In 1991, five children left their homes to catch frogs and never returned. The search for them unravels a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Memories of a Killer (2017)
“Memories of a Killer” (2017, South Korea): This film tells the story of a serial killer who stopped his murderous spree 17 years ago. Now, he lives with his adult daughter and is battling the early stages of Alzheimer’s. But when he stumbles upon a car with blood leaking from the trunk, his past comes rushing back.
“Montage” (2013, South Korea): This film jumps between the past and the present. 15 years ago, a girl was kidnapped and neither she nor her kidnapper were ever found. Now, someone is leaving flowers at the original crime scene and another person goes missing, reigniting the investigation.
These movies, like “Memories of Murder,” deliver suspenseful narratives that revolve around crime, justice, and the human capacity for both good and evil. They will surely keep you engaged and invested in their stories.