Tribhanga – Tedhi Medhi Crazy

Tribhanga- Tedhi Medhi Crazy

 Directed and written by Renuka Shahane

Cast- Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, Mithila Palkar, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Vaibhav Tatwaadi, Manav Gohil, Kanwaljeet Singh.

Duration- 95mins

Release date- 15th January 2021

Language- Hindi

Ratings- 4.5/5

Review-

 Can we forgive our parents before it’s too late?

We often believe that whatever our parents decide for us it’s for our welfare. But we forget that at the end of the day they are humans, they too can make mistakes and we might face its consequences, forever. So, the question is- Will we start hating them and never speak to them again? Well in that case a movie can make this concept clear! Tribhanga is the new Netflix Original release that will keep you hooked up till the end and you won’t regret watching it. It throws light on the lives of three characters represented as three dance postures of Indian classical dance form.

 Abhanga

The slightly bend posture but the splendid one just like Nayantara Apte (Played by Tanvi Azmi.) A flourished writer who was so devoted to her writing that she kept her personal life as the last priority. Hence her relationship with her husband and children got damaged beyond repair.

 Tribhanga

The curved and twisted posture but the graceful one like Anuradha Apte (Played by Kajol.) A renowned actress and Odissi dancer leading a messed up life whose credit she gives to her mother.

 Samabhanga

The balanced and attained posture completely reflects Masha Mehra( Played by Mithila Palkar.) A well-settled family woman, gone through a lot but still calm and poised.

If we do something wrong to others we expect their forgiveness and if the person is close to our heart we tend to forgive them but sometimes asking for forgiveness and forgiving someone seems next to impossible as their deeds are pathetic enough to ruin lives. Nayan’s passion for her writing was too deep and she couldn’t bear anything coming in  her way. As a result, her family fell apart. Later on, she could focus on her work in a better way but Anu and her brother had to pay for it. They were the broken branch that needed support that they never got. Due to Nayan’s inappropriate choice, Anu had to suffer through hell and got a dark past to remember. She couldn’t forget the taunting she had to face by her teacher and classmates, the abusive nature of her stepfather and for all these and held her mother responsible for it. We have the right to make decisions about our life but some of our decisions may affect the lives of our children which can change their way of observing life. As the film proceeds other important characters show up which adds up to the story. Renuka Shahane did a marvelous job by portraying a simple story in a serious, dramatic and artistic way that every family could more or less relate to that on-screen dysfunctional family. You will get to taste every spice of family drama- sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. Every actor has added different layers and shades to their respective characters. It’s the second time Kajol and Tanvi Azmi are working together after the 1997 film ‘Dushman’ where they played mother and daughter. This time, while marking their debut on Netflix, they left no leaves unturned in portraying the ‘Perfect’ imperfect mother and daughter duo. Mithila Palkar’s performance is surely eye-catching where her role is quite different than her previous ones. Kunal Roy Kapoor comes as the surprise-package and steals the show. But undoubtedly it’s Kajol whose charismatic performance would once again make you believe that she’s one of the best actresses in Indian cinema. The way she brings different colours to her character is definitely praiseworthy. Tribhanga is surely a treat to watch that Netflix has to offer at the beginning of the year. 

Impact of Films on Society

What image do we exactly have about a hero?

That he’s the most successful man, never fails in any mission, got all the superpowers to fight all the super-strong villains and ultimately wins the heroine’s heart and the battle. All this seems so natural for us but to be honest, all these are ‘Portrayed’ natural for us. How can one man fight ten goons at a time, how can he convince the heroine to fall in love with him even if she’s not interested, no matter how much he pressurized her. He needs to have all the good qualities, nothing bad like he’s some kind of a God. He needs to be tall, handsome, fair and masculine only then he can perfectly fit into the role of a hero. This isn’t only limited to the heroes but the heroines too have certain categories to fulfill. For many eras, actresses are used as props in films where all they have to do is become the hero’s love interest and the reason to fight for. Yes, there are many movies too where the female characters are as important as the hero’s but when her role becomes the main focus the popular actors refuse to act beside them. She needs to be portrayed as a helpless and weak woman but beautiful, if not, then how the hero will fall for her? Especially in Indian movies, there are times when you will watch the female protagonists worshipping their husbands like God, no matter how badly she has been treated. What makes her ‘Sanskaari’ is when she wears traditional clothes, when she speaks less in front of her in-laws. All these serve in influencing the stereotypical thoughts of society and promote issues like gender biases, rape, abusing females, colour discrimination, body shaming and many more. Often in the movies, the male protagonist is shown loitering around the girl despite her strict denial, he gets attracted to her if she wears short clothes which gives wrong signals to the youth that girls dress for men. Even if she says, ‘No’ the actor will keep lagging by performing baseless acts and in the end, he succeeds in winning her heart showing it’s that easy to get a ‘Yes.’ The lyrics of certain songs are so immoral that it describes the woman as a sex symbol. Not only the plot but also the music of films are becoming unjustified. Movies highly influence the society as a means of entertainment but it also leaves a great impact on the audience and manipulates their way of thinking. If we talk about teenagers they are the fastest ones in noticing the actors’ actions, dressing sense, attitude and trying to imitate that in real life. There are certain films which depict violence, aggression, flaunting upper-class standards which many of them try to adopt going out of their comfort zone, they try to imitate the film’s characters in real life endorsing their good as well as bad qualities which takes them beyond being normal.

Our responsibilities

Where we blame the films for the portrayal of inappropriate things it’s also our responsibility to understand the fine line between the virtual and the real world. Whatever the film shows it’s just for entertainment. However, it’s true that the film industry must follow certain guidelines by regulating the content of the films with respect to the different age groups of audience watching those fims. We should know whatever shown in the movies is for entertainment purposes and we can’t enact that in actual life which might affect us personally and the people around us. The romantic, seemed to be real stories are lovely to fantasize but it also kind of distracts us from the practical world making us unrealistic and escapist. When a hero wins hearts by playing versatile characters, girls tend to fall for him, embracing his charm and giving him the tag of their ‘Prince-charming.’ Sometimes the obsession becomes so extreme that some people start worshipping him which has a term in psychological science called the ‘Celebrity Worship Syndrome’ (CWS). The person becomes extremely addicted to the celebrity that he or she gets involved with their life so much that they begin claiming the actor to be the love of their life leading to serious mental illness like depression or anxiety. The truth is, the things over which we fantasize about the actor in the film are all fictional. A film called Guddi by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, released in the year 1971 was picturized on this issue.

Let’s accept the fact that generation is changing and so are the film scripts that the audience is more concerned about the plot rather than the actors no matter how they look or what they wear. Films are trying to be realistic, actors are ready to play grey-shaded characters instead of being flawless, and it’s ok to lose a battle at the end, the hero need not be a handsome, dashing, well-dressed man but a simple one. There are movies like ‘Chhoti Si Baat,’ ‘Saath Saath,’ and ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ where the heroes are not a hardcore, fighter but a simple, leaned figure boy. Love stories might not have a happy, united ending where the protagonist may lose the love of his life but can sensibly embrace the fact about leading a better life without someone. Films must show what’s believable as well as legitimate and the audience too should keep in mind the difference between the theatrical and real-world, learning and getting motivated by the positive aspects of the film. Our society can thrive if they start changing the taboos by accepting the change with open arms that the coming-of-age films are trying to bring with their distinguished and revolutionary plots.