The prickly experiences dealing with caste-ism leaves us with are unforgettable. They either help you question the world around you or leave you believing that this is the way the world is and we shouldn't rock the boat. One is significantly worse than the other.
And I definitely agree with you. The film is trying to balance social commentary with a mystery and shortchanges the mystery element big time. Because it shortchanges the mystery so much, the film has no rewatch value. It is one and most definitely done. It is so intent on letting people know the right thing that it doesn't do right by itself.
If it weren't for the way it looked and the performances this might have become as poor a cinema watching experience as an after-school special.
Before we discuss the highs and lows of Anubhav Sinha's newest film, I would like to share a couple of personal anecdotes. Nearly 15 years ago, my family and I were returning home after a week-long stay at our native village. As we began our journey, the village's local Brahmin crossed our way. My uncle made it a point to halt all further proceeding for 15 minutes as it was a bad omen to have a lone Brahmin cross one's path when one was embarking upon a journey. A man who routinely questioned the existence of the big man in the sky was the one harbouring this superstition.