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Movie – ‘Anarkali of Arrah’
Director & Writer– Avinash Das
Producer Priya and Sandiip Kapur
Genre – Masala, Drama
Star cast – Swara Bhaskar, Sanjay Mishra
Rating – 3.0
The film ‘Anarkali of Arrah’ is the story of an erotic singer played by Swara Bhaskar who comes from Arrah in Bihar and is popular for her songs that make you read between the lines. She is the star performer of her troupe and is confident of her success. However, her life takes a twist when she has a confrontation with a very powerful man of the region, followed by a serious conflict. How she fights the misogynist beliefs of the society, forms the crux of the film.
Anarkali of Aarah Review :
Anarkali of Aarah by debutant director Avinash Das and starring Swara Bhaskar — in an engaging, riveting portrayal of the ups and downs of a folksy, raunchy singer from the boondocks of Bihar, which has an interesting genre “masala realism”. By no means is this the first in the genre but marks a new milestone in the way it has taken on a theme challenging to portray for multiplex sensibilities. The actress Swara Bhaskar is all set to return in a never-seen-before avatar in ‘Anarkali of Arrah’.
Talking about the movie, it is a relevant and topical film, it is when the entitled policeman (Sanjai Mishra) crosses the line that things go horribly wrong. The feisty Anar is forced to go on the run, fetching up in the national capital, but will Delhi be more than a brief refuge? As the eponymous Anaarkali, whose name appears to be a deliberate hark back to that one who also sang and danced at the pleasure of emperors in Mughal times, Swara Bhaskar is stellar.
She’s always done well as the girl who knows her mind ; here, she gets in heart as well, and lets us in into the heartbreak of a woman like her, who is no innocent, and who clearly has made sexual choices in her past, but who draws the line at being pawed and groped without her consent. She may be laying it out in public, surrounded by mostly lusty men, but at no point is she putting out.
Last Word Anarkali of Aarah
The payoff seems to have been created for an upbeat ending, but we can’t help cheering when Anar rises, refuses to be cowed: whatever kind of labor it may be— which includes women who strut their stuff– dignity is paramount. Anarkali manages to hit many marks. Bhaskar gets a lead role worthy of her. Das is a new director to watch out for. And more than anything else, it is a ladies-oriented film. Enough and more, in these dismal times.