All of us are very particular about the way we look, especially while growing up. And it just throws us off if our outer appearance is not according to what we call as ‘good looking’. Whether it is a pimple that comes up, or if we need to put on glasses for the first time due to a weak vision, or if we are losing hair or issues with our weight or height, we all have(or have been through) our share of insecurities related to our looks. I for one had a thing about losing hair and putting on glasses, I just thought it was a compromise on my looks till the point that it began to affect me. Until one day, that I realised that nothing really matters in the larger picture, I still love myself even with these flaws. These are the flaws that define me and make me who I am today(and I still look good by the way unlike what I thought earlier😉). So based on this, I have just finished watching Imago, the Marathi flick on Netflix. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Imago is the story of a teenage girl suffering from Vitiligo(occurs when pigment producing cells die causing patches on affected areas of your skin) which leads to low self esteem until a teacher helps her out. The story is warm and endearing. The screenplay does take time to unfold but it organically makes its way to your heart. The bond between the girl and her teacher is so beautifully depicted that you can’t help but think it is pure. And slowly as you witness her gain her confidence back, it just melts your heart. So well written!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are minimal yet effective, the journey is an internal one with silence as a virtue. Directors Karan Chavan and Vikram Patil have done an outstanding job in handling such a delicate subject and they bring out the beauty with utmost poise.
The story revolves around two characters. Amol Deshmukh as Anand Sir, the teacher is a heart warming character. A friend, philosopher and a guide that wants his students to shine, it is a teacher we all want. Aishwarya Ghaydar as Namrata, the girl suffering from Vitiligo is such a find. She is a non actor for starters who actually is suffering from Vitiligo in real life too. She beautifully internalizes her performance and takes you with her on this wonderful journey of hers.
Imago(a scientific term of transforming into a butterfly and used as a metaphor here for blooming) is an outstanding watch and teaches you a vital lesson in life- to accept and love yourself for the person that you are despite your flaws. This is one movie you should totally watch this weekend. Available on Netflix and highly highly recommended.
PS : Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder!