Review of Chaurahen
Chaurahen (Crossroads) a Bollywood Hindi romantic film by director Rajshree Ojha and producer Pramod Ojha. Starring Soha Ali Khan, Ankur Khanna, Victor Banerjee, Kiera Chaplin, Roopa Ganguly, Zeenat Aman, Shayan Munshi, Karthik Kumar and Arundhati Nag.
Chaurahen which released on 16thMarch, 2012 is an evocative and poignant film consisting of three separate stories set in three different cities in contemporary India – Mumbai, Kochi, and Kolkata – that eventually converge, or are at least meant to.
The first story is about a girl called Ira, (Soha Ali Khan) who is caught in a relationship with Farooq (Ankur Khanna), a grief-stricken man grappling with the memories of his dead parents. Weirdly, this depressed soul even preserves his dead daddy’s dentures, with the ‘last crumbs of bread’ still stuck in those teeth (Yuks!!). Farooq appears incapable of fully living in the present, to the extent to which he proves powerless in responding to the possibility of sharing true love with Ira.
Second story is about mid-age couple Victor Banerjee and Roopa Ganguly, play the estranged married couple with a strong, silent dignity. Dr. Siddharth Bose (Victor Banerjee), a wealthy Calcutta surgeon in his fifties. Dr. Bose’s is stuck in the rut of a loveless, pitiful, and seemingly pointless marriage which he attempts to rattle by embarking on a quick, nervous and uncomfortable affair with a much younger woman. His lover, Lea (Keira Chaplin), is a German on her own journey to discover India, and to some extent herself. Their passionate yet tormented romance lays the groundwork for Dr. Bose and his wife (Roopa Ganguly) to repair their relationship while Dr. Bose simultaneously self-destructs his nascent, doomed affair.
The third and final story occurs in the south Indian city of Kochi where the Nair family confronts the sudden loss of a nuclear family member who died serving in the Indian military. One of the Nair children, Naveen (Karthik Kumar), returns from Vienna to try and reconcile the harsh, lonely reality of his brother Keshi’s (Shayan Munshi) death with his own inability to connect with his personal and familial history in India and his present predicament of having to feign a relationship with a woman to conceal his love for a man in Europe.
A film must watch for art lovers. You will not love the film but you will surely not hate it.