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The Great Indian Butterfly
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
1.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.0
2.0
6.0
6.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
Yes
It's hard to imagine why audiences would pay to watch a couple bicker for 2 hours. It's not novel, it's not happy, and it's not funny. The Great Indian Butterfly is a movie that aims to tell you where to find real happiness in life, but for the first two hours, aims to showcase the nuances of a marital fracas.

Krish (Aamir Bashir) and Meera (Sandhya Mridul) are this yuppie couple who have just missed their flight to their annual vacation, and so decide to drive down to Goa for their 1-week holiday. The first half-an-hour of their ride tells us how caught up both of them have been at their respective workplaces and how much of a well-deserved break from the rat race this whole vacation thing is supposed to be.

Now Krish has this ambition to find a mythical butterfly that promises to deliver peace and happiness, and while in Goa, the couple set out to find the Cardiguez Valley, the home of the fabled creature.

However, throughout the rest of the film, they continue to blow hot and cold, mostly thanks to the volatile Meera who can't seem to handle the pressures of work and the ripple effect that her office has on the rest of her life. She's insecure about her career, there's no intimacy between the couple, there's pressure from parents to have kids, and to tighten the knot of discord further, she suspects Krish of still carrying on with his ex-girlfriend Liza (Koel Purie).

You cannot fault the film for its realism of concept. The everydayness of the fights and the issues has been portrayed pretty well, even though the wickedness of Meera's office politics is caricaturish. However, despite the magical butterfly angle that hints at a fairy-tale wrap-up to the whole story, there's no element of fantasy or warmth in the movie. Like we said earlier, this film is all about a husband and a wife who are, most of the time, unable to sort things and be adult about their issues.

Then, even when the butterfly secret is finally revealed - with the film saying that happiness is right under your own nose, thereby enlightening the audience with an unprecedented level of wisdom - there's absolutely nothing to make you feel any better after having gone through a war zone for so long.

The dialogues are in English, and unfortunately the lines don't seem like real conversation - they just seem as contrived as they were being read out from an English textbook in a high-school play. The actors put in a good job, though. All the three - Aamir Bashir, Mridual and Purie - are spontaneous and energetic, making their characters completely believable.

It'd be nice to watch Sandhya Mridul do something less surly in the future, though. Her character, though real, is the single-most tiresome feature in the film, and if it means she's doing a great job, then it's actually backfiring.

Some arty background music and well-shot visuals keep this flick from being a complete downer. There are a few detailed smooches to complete the "marital" effect, too.

Watch this one only if you miss being depressed.
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  • Cast
    Aamir Bashir, Sandhya Mridul, Koel Purie
  • Music
    Deepak Pandit, Gourov Dasgupta, Shibani Kashyap, Vivek Philip
  • Director
    Sarthak Dasgupta
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Sesh on 3rd Apr 2010, 10:30pm | Permalink
A sincere attempt by a mature screenwriter/filmmaker to portray a phase in an Indian yuppie couple's post marital relationship, showing attempts being made by each (rather insincerely, one would feel on initial observation) to resolve the issues inherent within. A poor start to a well-planned vacation instantly sets the tone at the beginning of the movie, establishing the strained nature of the couple's relationship right at the onset. The rest of the movie plays out like a road movie for most of its running time, taking some diversions into each issue that is plaguing the couple, with a few flashbacks thrown in for good measure, but more about those later.
No sides are taken, and I felt that was the best part in the screenplay (though a plot point later in the movie made me reflect on that interpretation), among other things (cinematography, performances), about this movie. The office politics scenario in Sandhya's character's ongoing career-plot could have been portrayed with fewer clichés, as mentioned in the review, but still plays out like it could have happened in real life as well. However, where I differ with the reviewer is my opinion that this aspect does not detract from the main movie, which plays out thereafter with the director in full control of where he wants the audience. In addition to the dual-pronged theme, there are also consistent, yet subtle attempts in certain scenes lead the audience to form multiple interpretations from those, which has a very interesting denouement, and worth the price of admission for it alone.
The diversions taken to explain and account for the mythical nature of the title are jarring, along with the choices made in the soundtrack. Surprisingly, Kashyap's hindi number (without subtitles, surprisingly, though other hindi dialogues are all subtitled) seemed to belend in (though its not her best), and the choices of English pop stick out, and if you close your eyes, you might feel that you are watching an 80's english drama. Dated.
It is an art-house movie, and has been marketed and produced as such, and in my opinion, should be supported so that similar attempts are encouraged to have their own multiplex releases. In Hyderabad, Inox, with its digital projection, offers the best viewing experience. Obscure parts of Goa have never looked this good. Plenty of beautiful sunset shots on-location as well, made me yearn for a quick Goa trip to escape the Hyderabad heat. :-)
Side note: - Strange coincidence that the same company is releasing 2 indie movies in the same week, the other one being 'Pankh', and even that during the cricket season - it smacks of the powers-that-be having no confidence in their own products. Hope they have better runs on DVD at least, though the company has done whatever it could to torpedo their own earnings.

Pros: Performances, Cinematography, Interplay between the mythical and real plot threads
Cons: soundtrack, the 'searches' for the mythical insect in the title,
RATING
8
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