A Monsoon Date: Short Film Review
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Chittaranjan Tripathy, Priyanshu Painyuli, Prasad Reddy.
Director: Tanuja Chandra.
Channel: Eros Now.
Release Date: 5th June 2019.
A young woman is set to meet her date in a café for the evening, in the torrential rain. As the storm brews in the atmosphere around her, there’s an even bigger one brewing in her mind en route to the café. As she shares the cab with various passengers, she can’t help but think of her childhood, a time when she waited for adulthood to have the love and acceptance she craved. Now that she has reached it, will she get what she wants?
- A Monsoon Date is a sublimely beautiful and profound film that puts across the intended message loud and clear, in a minimalistic manner.
- LGBTQ+ as its core theme, the story is about a young woman, who is on the inevitable journey of confrontation about her identity to the guy she has been seeing for the past one month. As she rides to the destination of their meeting, she encounters various people that denote different phases of love and acceptance- be it the cab driver, the old couple or the teenage girl whom she shares the cab with, or the rickshaw driver- two things she has been craving for as long as she can remember.
- Konkona Sen Sharma is a vision. She transcends the beauty of the film with her impeccable performance. A Monsoon Date is a play of emotions and feelings, with rare dialogues, and Konkona astutely justifies it, through her expressions and behavior.
- Written by Gazal Dhaliwal, the film is a fine piece of communication that speaks with fewer words and greater dialogues. Konkona’s character is a woman who is at peace with herself, but struggling to find her place in the society. Through the montages of flashbacks, the film showcases her experiences with people finding out about her identity, a weary hopefulness in it. Even after all the negative responses, she never becomes bitter, holding on to hope from her childhood, that it will take time, but it will happen.
- A Monsoon Date is great reflection of our society when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. The iconic decision of Supreme Court in 2018 decriminalizing the colonial law paved a beginning towards change, but we have a long a way to go towards changing the society’s perception. Films such as A Monsoon Date remind us that they are normal human beings like you and me, that there shouldn’t not be an ‘us’ and ‘them’.
- The soothing, lilting background music is an indication of the conflicting nature of the plot. It reflects the young woman’s longing, contrasting with the down-pouring, silent rain. The visual shots of Konkona accompanying the rolling credits at the end, further enhances the essence of the film.
- Not a thing.
A Monsoon Date is utter beauty in subtlety, speaking directly to your heart without words. A must, must watch.
- A Monsoon Date has achieved various prestigious accolades, and was premiered at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
- Tanuja Chandra marks her directorial debut on digital with A Monsoon Date.
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