Movie Name: Liar’s Dice
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa
Story: Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, embark on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband.
My Take: Awestruck.
Thats one word I can think for the movie. The movie was released in Oct 2013 and has bagged the awards National Film Award for Best Actress, National Film Award for Best Cinematography. Directed and written by Geetu Mohandas is her debut work. The movie is very slow paced but then I like slow paced plots that opens up eventually just like the cabbage leaves. Lol.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, I am already in love with him, gave a terrific performance as an army deserter from the Border Guard but the surprise package in the movie was Kamala, enacted by Geetanjali Thapa, this was her first movie I watched, and her 3-year old daughter Manya, Manya Gupta, a bundle of cuteness. And making the family complete is their pet goat kid.
Kamala sets out with the two to look out for her husband who had stopped responding to their calls past couple of months. Nawaz helps them in the journey which turns out to be his soul discovery too. From being a creep he changes into a bread winner and helps find out the truth for the distressed woman.
A journey that starts from a small village along the snowy rugged mountains of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh to the dingy hotel room at Chandi Chowk in New Delhi is to watch out for. You can embark on this journey in the toy train in Shimla, or HPDT bus plying from Palam to Chandigarh or the deserted roads of Shimla at night or the crowded lane of Chandni Chowk. Feel the cold waves of the mountains and the heat waves of the plains as you travel along.
Another best part I loved about the movie was the relationship of trust that culminates between the lead pairs even under odd circumstance which is very brilliantly plotted. The movie is purely realistic and unfolds according to the circumstances.
Sad such movies don’t get commercially released but gain a lot of fame in festivals. Wish we had a theater dedicated for off beat movies only.
Watch the movie if you enjoy road journeys.
Directed and written by Geetu Mohandas