P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar Movie Review: This Film on Honour Killing is Hardhitting

P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar Movie Review: This Film on Honour Killing is Hardhitting

P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar Movie Review: Manoj Tiwari’s film takes inspiration from Sairat but has a language of its own
P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar Movie Review: This Film on Honour Killing is Hardhitting
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Movie NameP Se Pyaar F Se Faraar
DirectorManoj Tiwari
ActorBhavesh Kumar, Jyoti Kapoor, Kumud Mishra, Jimmy Sheirgil, Girish Shukla, Pankaj Jha
Ratings

Ratings: *** ½ (3 and a half stars)

There is something sinisterly dishonourable about honour killing. Films on the theme, notably Nagraj Manjule’s Sairat (which does appear overrated in hindsight and which serves as the current film’s main source of inspiration) and its poor remake Dhadak have attempted to capture the sheer barbarism of the act of killing love by butchering lovers.

I think this oddly entitled  film (the title comes from the ever-wry Sanjay Mishra  who in a relevant cameo, notices  the young couple on the run pretending to be what they are not) succeeds in putting across  the  theme with a  shudder  of  disgust  and  dismay.  There is a sense  of dread running through the narrative as  the privileged upper-class  girl  Janhvi (newcomer  Jyoti Kapoor) elopes with  the  underprivileged  sugarcane juice  vendor  Sonu (debutant Bhavesh Kumar).

The lovers are callow, clumsy and short-sighted. There is  a  fantastic  sequence post-interval where  a sexually  experienced woman (played  with  gusto by Neha Joshi)  wonders why  the young lovers  haven’t  done it yet. All this is done without a trace of vulgarity. Though the characters are roughnecks there is no torrent abuses in the dialogues.

Without  wasting time,  the  narrative, buoyed by  a sense  of  social  purpose that  it wears unabashedly on its sleeve,  embarks  on a tense,  gripping journey bathed  in blood and  swathed  in  doom. We follow the two   naïve lovers through  some of the harshest  hinterland  from Mathura to Delhi , none as  harsh as  the  unrelenting patriarchs’ mindsets which  occupy and  invade  the film’s  rugged spaces with patriarchal  arrogance.

Playing brothers in arms, Kumud Mishra and Jimmy Sheirgil turn in resonant redemptive performances that go a long way in camouflaging the young inexperienced lead pair’s awkwardness (a quality that suits the script’s purposes). Both Mishra and Sheirgil fill every frame with fire and fury.

The second-half  of the narrative pauses  from the elopement  to  pursue some  pertinent  questions on  the   subject  of  caste  and  class discrimination.  Veteran  Girish Kulkarni  puts in an outstanding  performance as  a relative  who helps the couple at the risk of his own life and  introduces them to  a peculiar nomadic existence where caste seizes  to  matter and where moral  values are  benignly blurred.

There  is  also  a very pointed reference  to  cricket being given  undue  importance  in  all sports  discussions of India. The young hero is a javelin thrower with dreams of escaping his social backwardness by competing in the national games.

Director Manoj Tiwari negotiates these tricky transitions in the plot without tripping on his sense of social responsibility. Till the end P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar remains a crisply written, judiciously performed film on love on the run. Well done.

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