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MASAAN revolves around four lives intersecting along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a young woman ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with a fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family- as they try to escape the moral constructs of small-town India.


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Masaan Credit & Casting

Richa Chadda


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    Masaan Audience Review

    A strong storyline, competent direction and good acting but only for some audiences

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    The film is daringly different in the treatment of the script and debut director Neeraj Ghaywan has done a good job. It is miles away from the conventional commercial Hindi film and hence will find appreciation only from a discriminating section of the audience.The effect of his mentors is clearly showing. It is primarily what one could call a festival film but it does have a simple story enacted well  But in any case it is not a Sunday entertainment by any stretch of imagination..

    Masaan is a term representing the area where bodies are burnt and the film's characters live in the surroundings of the  burning pyres at Benaras ghats. Richa Chaddha plays a young woman Devi an instructor in a coaching school who is caught having sex with a colleague in a hotel by the local policeman. While her partner commits suicide out of shame, the police inspector blackmails Richa's father ( Sanjay Mishra) for Rs 3 lakhs to keep the case under wraps 

    The father who is a retired Sanskrit Professor and now a small time shopkeeper ,loses track of his ethics and principles in his efforts to collect the amount to pay off. He starts encouraging a small boy to dive into the Ganga to retrieve coins thrown by devotees,which includes a type of gambling which he had earlier objected to. 

    There is a parallel love story of the lower caste boy( Vicky Kaushal) and a girl ( Shweta Tripathi) from a higher caste.The film captures  the problems of these tormented souls as they navigate their way through life. So we have Richa feeling suffocated in the gloomy environment and the narrow-mindedness of the people of this small town. Also young Vicky, a civil engineering student, finds his budding romance leading to a dead end since he is the son of a dom ( one who burns dead bodies). His love interest Shweta on the other hand is more open to the alliance but cruel fate comes in between. 

    The script and the dialogue are strong pillars of the film and give it an impressive dimension.The scenes are sensitively handled and artistically photographed,This is a different Benaras and the focus is on the lives of people directly connected to burning bodies on the ghats.This is their livelihood and they are trapped in it for years.It is the younger educated generation influenced by facebook and general progress which is wanting to break free and venture out into the modern world.

    Sanjay Mishra and Richa Chaddha give excellent performances as usual.There are certain tender moments in the father daughter relationship and one wishes the director could have focused more on it. Both Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi give a good account of themselves in their awkward moments and also in their friendly banter.

    Photography and music are used effectively to depict the sober and gloomy mood of the film.


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