Irada Film Review: Intentions Are Realistic

| February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

From the promos you cant make out what this film is actually about. It seems to be a case of murder case being investigated and the mystery behind it.You walk into the theatre and fifteen minutes down the screentime, you get an idea of what exactly is happening. It is one of those things that is all around us but we are unable to pay any attention to it or too preoccupied to even register it. Its about the environmental pollution generally, but specifically, it deals with a shocking subject of eco-terrorism.

Set in Punjab and based on some true facts, it deals with the brazen and blatant abuse by big pharma firms in contaminating the groundwater with dangerous cancer causing chemicals. Its brazen because the technique used is called reverse-boring whereby without treatment the chemicals are bored deep down into the terra firma and its poison spreads like cancerous growth through the underground arteries thus poisoning wells, cultivated lands and water-borne canals. it is blatant as all this happens, as usual, due to nexus between the big business and the political establishment that thrives on donations and funds from such big business empires.

The situation is so bad in certain parts of Punjab that a certain train taking patients for cancer treatment is called a cancer train. Its reality jolts you out of your stupor.

In this backdrop a decorated ex-army officer Parabjit Walia (Naserruddin Shah) loses his daughter Riya Walia (Rumana Molla,effective and sincere)to cancer.A social activist goes missing. Whether he was killed or committed suicide is another link to this mystery. Then a mysterious blast at the pharma factory sets the ball rolling. NIA officer Arjun Mishra (Arshad Warsi)is assigned the investigation to tie up all these lose threads together.

In the process,his face-off with Parabjit Walia and interaction with the Chief Minister Ramandeep Braitch (Divya Dutta) are the meat of the film.

Arshad Warsi is ever bankable and believable. Naserruddin Shah is restrained. Its Divya Dutta with her portrayal of a heavily punjabi accented hindi speaking dominating,self-centered leader who steals the show with her nuanced performance.

Sharad Kelkar as a devious,rapacious industrialist Paddy P Sharma is compelling. Sagarika Ghatge is underutilised. But overall it is terse and layered dialogues, sharp editing, coupled with varied subplots yet crisp screenplay, the writer-director Aparnaa Singh with her debut directorial venture makes you sit up and think and that’s quite an achievement.

It is not escapist cinema. Not entertaining in conventional sense. But definitely engaging and if you have an intention (irada) of  a meaningful outing its a better option to opt for.


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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema's keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema's chameleon like traits.

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