Ramprasad ki Tehrvi
And it is finally here! For a change I am not talking about the weekend. Yes ofcourse the weekend is here but with it comes the much awaited Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi on Netflix. This movie had its theatrical run and eventually it wss scheduled to release on Netflix last month. But it was embroiled in a controversy wherein a movie Pagglait based on the same subject started getting rave reviews. This prompted Netflix to further delay its release. Well it is finally here and here I am with its review. So a movie with a central theme of a funeral just like Pagglait and the Malayalam film Ee Ma Yau, is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi follows the story of a family get together owing to the death of a family member followed by his funeral that lasts for 13 days. The story is one of the best dark comedies you will ever see. Since we are going to compare it with Pagglait, let me put this straight – this is a better product than Pagglait. Although Pagglait was excellent, there were slight pacing issues throughout. Here there is no such problems. Even though the screenplay is designed to be conversational, the subtle yet dark humour is evident and nicely elevates the drama. The social issues that are integrated are nicely implied along with the can of worms that usually open during a funeral. As they say apart from extremely close ones, no one really cares about a death and they just turn up to mark their attendance. This single point is beautifully portrayed. It is not told instead it is shown and implied. Things get slightly more serious in the second half but the humour is intact that is excellent pulled off by a stellar cast(more on them later). The screenplay is probably the finest that I have seen this year.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quirky and extremely well penned. They will make you chuckle throughout. The music is wonderful and blends extremely well with the drama. Director Seema Pahwa has done an excellent job here. Managing a tricky story with so many actors would not have been easy and her direction is one for the ages!
This is probably the best ensemble that I have seen in a while and they create magic together. There are memorable cameos from Naseeruddin Shah as Ramprasad, Sanah Kapur as the young Amma, Manukriti Pahwa as Bitto, Brijendra Kala as Prakash, Sawan Tank as Samay and Rajendra Gupta as Tauji. Each one of them stand out on their own. Sarita Singh as Dhaani is excellent, so is Deepika Amin Sushma, Sadia Siddique as Pratibha, Anubha Fatehpura as Rani and Alka Kaushal as Sheila. Vikrant Massey is yet again fantastic as Rahul. Konkona Sen Sharma is such a great actress and she shines again as Seema. Ninad Kamat as Manoj is an underrated actor and he is simply outstanding. Manoj Pahwa as Gajraj will tickle your funny bone more than once. Vinay Pathak as Pankaj and Vineet Kumar as Mamaji are a treat to watch. Parambrata Chattapadhyay as Nishant is charming as ever and I wish to watch more of him in Hindi films as well. Supriya Pathak as Ammaji delivers a heartfelt performance for the ages. As the only character who actually feels for the death of her husband, her role is layered and I was amazed with the ease with which she pulls it off. Minimal dialogues, maximum impact. These performances combine together for an almost 2 hour long acting masterclass of the highest order!
Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi is the finest black comedy you will ever watch and probably the best Hindi film out this year. I would probably have deducted half a star from Pagglait had I watcged this before that. This is one film you just cannot miss. Available on Netflix and Highly Highly Highly Recommended.