Aditya Mehta’s Review: Antardwand Will Leave You Stunned

Every once in a blue moon comes a film that reinstalls my faith in Indian cinema, a film that tells a story without boorish subplots, bad acting and embarrassing attempts at humour. Based on a true story, Antardwand has come at the right time, when movies are being made mostly for the purpose of making the filmmaker and the already overpaid actors (sorry, I meant superstars) richer, irrespective of how poor the film may be.

Raghuvir (Raj Singh Chaudhury), who studies in Delhi, wants to marry his pregnant girlfriend, and comes home to a village in Bihar to inform his mother and seek his father’s permission. The father (Vinay Pathak, superb) has other plans; he has already found a suitable bride for his only son and is busy turning down other offers. He pooh-poohs Raghuvir’s wish, and the angry son leaves for Delhi early next morning.

But Raghuvir doesn’t reach Delhi; he gets abducted by Akhilendra Singh’s goons and is confined in a small house temporarily, where he is beaten up and tortured in other ways at regular intervals till he agrees to marry Akhilendra Singh’s daughter.

Are you shocked? You better be. This isn’t a funny movie, it’s dead serious. Raghuvir is forced to get drunk on local liquor on his wedding night, which he fumbles through in the stupor. Refusing to accept Akhilendra Singh’s daughter Janki as his wife, he remains upset and makes his young bride miserable. Heavily pressurized to consummate the marriage, Raghuvir gets very drunk one night…

Antardwand does not seek to entertain; it is a drama that will leave you stunned. Antardwand is one of those rare films in which the script and actors do complete justice to each other. It is not a commercial movie, but it isn’t even a boring artsy flick; it may not have a point to make but it has a great story to tell.


At last, some real cinema… and really good cinema.


11 Responses to “Aditya Mehta’s Review: Antardwand Will Leave You Stunned”

  1. 1 Stunned
    August 28, 2010 at 02:59

    Wow… astonishingly amazing are the things that go on in our country…


  2. 2 Guru
    August 28, 2010 at 05:49

    Hey, great new look to the page dude!


  3. 4 Quasar
    August 28, 2010 at 06:01

    great review, mate…will go for this


  4. 5 blacksheep
    August 28, 2010 at 07:41

    read the mumbai mirror review too.. gonna watch this… also its based on a true story bro…


  5. 6 Vicky
    August 28, 2010 at 15:03

    Now i know which movie my gal went.


  6. 7 Shivam
    August 30, 2010 at 03:47

    I went and saw this film because of your review. Thank you.


  7. 8 hyper_falli
    August 30, 2010 at 13:01

    Good review for a good movie!


  8. 9 Janak
    September 5, 2010 at 03:56

    I enjoyed this film. Also, its got a great film cover.


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