CINEMASCOPE

Sanjoy Ray

Director: Renuka Shahane Cast: Kajol, Mithila Palker, Tanvi Azmi, etc.

In Tribhanga, actor-turned director Renuka Shahane tries to draw an unerring picture of women from three generations and their tryst with societal prejudices at different stages of their lives, not to speak of the inner dilemmas that they encounter in their pursuit to create their own personal space and identity.

On one hand, while the director takes a subtle dig at the undefined moral boundaries for women, on the other hand, she tries to analyse the inner conflict that women so often face from within, irrespective of their financial and social backgrounds.

However, despite Tribhanga being a movie which seems to have its heart in the right place, it, unfortunately, fails to make a connection with its target audience, largely due to a rather sluggish narrative, which tends to fall apart every now and then.

In her second stint as a director, Shahane tries hard to give the audience a leeway into the unspoken resentment that lives inside a woman, but, in the bargain, the run of play becomes quite tardy.

Although the movie primarily deals with an interesting subject and aspires to reflect the state of women in our society, the storytelling process fails to hold the interest of the audience or leave the desired impact.

In fact, the story which revolves around Anuradha, a celebrated actor, Odissi dancer and a single mother (Kajol), her daughter Masha (Mithila Palker), and Nayantara Apte (Tanvi Azmi), hardly gets the audience emotionally invested or, for that matter, identify with the characters, barring a couple of scenes in the second half of the story. But then, it eventually becomes the case of too little too late. Another chink in the armour in the project is that even the lead characters are not fleshed out very well, making the film one-dimensional.

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