By SAYAK BORAL
“Silver Linings Playbook” (A) well that’s a lot of words to remember for a movie title. But guess what this is a true romantic comedy Classic that none of you movie aficionados should miss out now that it has been released in India. To latecomers, Jennifer Lawrence recently won the Best Actress Oscar for her mind-blowing role as the socially inept nymphomaniac, Tiffany.
I’m glad I went to watch this film with very low expectations (wrongly believing it to be a sex comedy), and boy was I proved wrong what an epic performance by all actors! There were so many shades of grey no black and white; you’d actually feel the characters up, close and personal just the way we all are in real life. Chief protagonist Bradley Cooper delivered perfectly in his role as Pat, an asylum patient + bipolar disorder control freak + morally upright, ethical man. His father, played by none other than Robert de Niro has multiple avatars – possessive, crazy, superstitious but a character you’d love nonetheless.
Indian audience will love the presence of Anupam Kher as the psychiatrist friend of our main protagonist, Pat (Bradley Cooper).
Unlike other Indian actors who are wasted in Hollywood as sidekicks or villains, I think Anupam’s role was quite meaty and memorable.
Other significant characters include Pat’s best friend, Danny, played by Chris Tucker who in a dance sequence, funnily asks Pat to “black it up” a bit. There’s also Julia Stiles of Save the Last Dance fame in a cameo as the owner of a henpecked husband. I only realized towards the end that the movie was a star-studded affair with so many leading actors and actresses.
However, the real showstopper was Jennifer Lawrence; to say I was left speechless at her mind-blowing performance would be an understatement, I really felt like giving her a standing applause. I wouldn’t reveal more of her Oscar-winning performance or the plot details for you really must find out on your own.
And just one humble suggestion, don’t look this movie up on Television, Wikipedia, IMDb or Youtube trailers. Book your ticket in a nice multiplex like PVR or Big Cinemas for a Friday-Saturday night. Better still some kind of exclusive club class tickets which will weed out stupid, tone deaf co-audience members, have the company of a girlfriend or a group of like-minded friends and this will be your perfect way to end a well-planned evening.