Movie – Unpaused (Movie Review – Spoiler ahead!)
Directors – Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha ,
Cast – Gulshan Dev, Saiyami Kher, Richa Chadda, Ishwak Singh, Sumeet Vyas, Lillete Dubey, Rinku Rajguru, Abhishek Banerjee,
Duration – 1 hr 53 min
Release date – 18 December 2020
Language – Hindi
“Unpaused” is an anthology of five short stories, each segment directed by different directors. Stories of love, new beginnings, second chances, and a glimmer of hope. Set against the background of Covid 19, this is a tribute to the trials and tribulations of the people during these hard times.
The world stopped all of a sudden and five new stories began.
Each story is woven keeping the background of pandemic which is unique in their own way kept together by a common thread of struggle.
The first story ‘ Glitch’ starring Gulshan Dev and Saiyami Kher, is dystopian. The storyline is set in 2030 where the virus is the new terrorist who brought humans to their knees and yet the instinct to survive continues. Due to a glitch in the system, the two meet on a virtual date. The story weaves around how they both crave companionship but are unable to meet because Gulshan is a paranoid citizen while Saiyami is a “ frontline warrior”.
The second story, “ Apartment” is based upon the mental health of people living in isolation. Devika, played by Richa Chadda suffers from depression after separating from her husband, a celebrated journalist, played by Sumit Vyas accused of sexual assault. At the onset of Janata Curfew, she decided to end her life by hanging from the ceiling. She is rescued by her neighbor, Ishwak Singh. This bittersweet story can make you feel her pain.
The third one “ RAT – A – TAT”, is weaved around a 65-year-old lady, Archana, played by Lillete Dubey. The lady who is easily annoyed reluctantly allows a young girl Priyanka, played by Rinku Rajguru to stay in her apartment till the mice which haunted her apartment leaves. This funny yet heartwarming story and the bond between a cranky lady and a cheerful girl will leave you mesmerized.
The fourth story, “Vishaanu”, focuses on the issue of migrant workers. Geeta and her husband cleverly found a spot in an empty expensive apartment as they try to find a train back to their hometown during the lockdown. Perfectly executed, this will spellbind your mind.
The fifth story, Chaand Mubarak”, is based on the threatened life of senior citizens buying groceries and medicines during the lockdown. Uma, played by the legendary Ratna Pathak Shah, finds solace in Rafiq, an auto driver who goes out of his way to help her.
The stories bind together emotions of love, pain, loneliness, companionship, and above all, hope.
This movie is highly recommended to watch.
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You can watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video
Written by – Nandita Samanta
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