The canvas of the film stretches from a small village on the mountains called Chitkul, which borders China to the industrial land of big dreams, Delhi city. It’s about a young mother, Kamala and her 3-year-old daughter from a tribal community who embarks on a journey leaving their native land in search of her missing husband....more
The canvas of the film stretches from a small village on the mountains called Chitkul, which borders China to the industrial land of big dreams, Delhi city. It’s about a young mother, Kamala and her 3-year-old daughter from a tribal community who embarks on a journey leaving their native land in search of her missing husband. Along this journey she encounters an army deserter who realizing the perils of the journey ahead for them, decides to accompany them to their destination. This film talks about a sense of futility; anger against the system and also explores the dynamics of a man woman relationship. It’s a linear narrative travel story with a more alarming backdrop of the socio political conditions of India today less
In Geetu Mohandas' LIAR'S DICE, India's submission to this year's Oscars, Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) sets out on a journey to Delhi from her native village in Himachal Pradesh to seek out her husband, working as a labourer in the capital, whom she hasn't heard from in 5 months. On her way, she meets a mysterious wanderer (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) with a possible criminal background who agrees to help her on her way. The film alludes to several themes - it's ends with a title card that declares it's dedicated to the hundreds of faceless labourers striving to make a living in.the big bad world; there's a MR. & MRS. IYER-like relationship that develops between Kamala and Nawazuddin (he says that is his name but for all we know, he might as well be lying) where he assumes the role of a proxy husband and father, there's even a moment that recalls De Sica's UMBERTO D. involving the killing of an animal; but it's frustrating to see how none of these threads are done full justice to. There's no sense of history to these characters, and after a point, tedium sets in. There's probably a lot happening in the story regarding the interpersonal, complex relationships between these characters, but Mohandas leaves the slate so blank, her characters so devoid of any personality that it's hard to keep oneself invested in the film. I counted, and there's just one moment of genuine spunk in the movie, when the daughter tells her mother that she doesn't like the guy. The film moves at a glacial pace and the 104 minute runtime feels like a slog, because Mohandas' narration leaves these characters sir blank and vague that there's very little intrigue left in the story. The only aspect of the film that keeps you watching is Geetanjali Thapa's beautiful performance - she adds life to her character although the script doesn't do justice to her invested performance, and you want to identify with her even though the film doesn't give you a lot of reasons to do so. Siddiqui's performance, although not bad per se, doesn't really rise above the material at hand. It's blank, vague film that doesn't offer much except a noteworthy performance from its lead actress. I've seen Geetanjali Thapa in one more film other than this (Kamal KM's I.D.) and going by these two performances, I must say I'm pretty darned excited to see more of her.