Stellar cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Neena Gupta, Rashmika Mandanna, Pavail Gulati, Ashish Vidyarthi, Abhishekh Khan and ensemble.
Director: Vika Bahl.
What’s good: A story so personal that everyone will reconnect with it. It’s a reminder of the pain you’ve brushed under the rug or the pain you fear you’ll have to go through someday.
What’s wrong: There is a lack of hygiene between humor and emotions in some parts which does not blend the two very well.
Loo Break: If you feel emotions to the core and can’t cry in public.
Look or not ?: Look, because even with flaws Vikas Bahl brings unfiltered emotions and touches the right chord.
Tongue: Hindi (with subtitles).
Available on: In theaters near you.
Execution time: 146 minutes.
A family unit with parents and four children is scattered in different parts of the world. Her mother dies suddenly and now the whole camp needs to come together under one roof to say goodbye to her one last time. Stories unfold, dynamics are tested, and ways to cope with loss are explored.
Goodbye movie review: script analysis
Hindi cinema for the past couple of years with films like Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi, Pagglait and a couple more has explored the idea of how to deal with life’s greatest fear, the death of someone close to you. Which circus does it lead to and do we really need to do the things we have been conditioned to for centuries now? Vikas Bahl with his writing of him brings another, slightly more contemporary addition to the table, and before anything else he lets someone question his idea of him, he hits them with extreme emotions. It’s a good thing, at least for him.
Written by Vikas, Goodbye is about a family coping with the loss of their matriarch and one that has been the glue of this dysfunctional, yet still united, borderline family. So when these characters meet and talk to each other with no connection to the beautiful flashbacks, Bahl makes it clear that he wants a tsunami of emotion and nostalgia to hit his audience because that’s how his story will navigate. By opening the film to tragedy and then slowly going back in time to let you meet what was missing between the characters until now, he connects the audience to his cinema of him. And as soon as Neena Gupta’s first glimpse fills the void, you as an audience have already shed at least a few tears.
Be patient if I use the word “emotion” too many times, but this is the power of a word that Goodbye thrives on. The clear idea is to make you see the world without a mother figure and this could be subjective for everyone, but the bond and its absence remain the same. Vikas also manages to do it magnificently. Because he’s not just focusing on what’s gone, but how life without her looks and will continue to be in the future.
In his desire to create real people and conflict, he also adds humor to the script and most of which is situational. But he also realizes that his motive for him is to make people cry, so he doesn’t invest much time in leading to cremation. And you allow yourself to hold back those tears, because even with some flaws, the feeling of an emptiness that we all fear pierces our hearts and shatters it. Even a lifeless Neena Gupta lying on a block of ice is enough to make you feel all sad and, in addition, bring the maximum of warmth as the story enters the flashbacks.
The idea of how to suffer and who decides is explored quite well. A father who is angry with everything around him because he has lost his anger, a son who makes him understand that it is not only he who has lost someone, a daughter who has differences with the aforementioned father and who now has to go through the conditioned rituals for his mother to obtain salvation. Everything lands at home.
Not that the film is as flawless as Bahl’s Queen, which is another example of how well she can handle emotions. (We don’t talk about Shaandaar here). But Goodbye lacks transition skills in parts. Mainly in the scenes between humor and emotional twist, it looks abrupt and you can feel the bump. The bump can also be felt when a new scene begins. Mainly because of the aforementioned passage, but also when Vikas decides to open them with some unlikely notes. Like when the father catches his son having sex on the night of his mother’s cremation and there is a reason, the maximum to highlight the present day problem, but how it starts is a bit strange.
Goodbye Movie Review: Star Performance
Amitabh Bachchan as an actor is evolving even at the age of 80 and with megastar status he just makes me respect him more with each passing day. He as the father of this field must be strong. Especially in two scenes where he is preparing for the funeral with no room to cry and another where he finally has a moment and talks to his wife’s ashes, my heart broke in each of them. You see the actor who doesn’t take his status for granted and, my God, makes you feel every single emotion he puts on. Whether it’s his dilemma, insecurities, anger, love, everything.
Neena Gupta is what we are exploring while shooting the film. She is the epitome of all that is good in life and so pretty you can’t imagine someone like her lying on a pyre. There is warmth in her performance of hers and every time she falls in love with Big B, she lives her dream of being the heroine she always deserved to be.
Rashmika Mandanna delivers a serious performance and is a difficult place because she shares most of the screen time with Bachchan. The actor cries convincingly and you are involved in Tara because most of the conflict is about her. With a lot of responsibilities, the actor walks the path quite well. Full marks to the producers for allowing her to dub her lines. But whenever someone points out that the family is Punjabi and Tara is the real child and not adopted, the accent is a bit disturbing.
All the others, including Pavail Gulati, Sahil Mehta, Elli Avram, Ashish Vidyarthi, Abhishekh Khan, play their part with conviction and conviction. Sunil Grover impresses in a cameo. Think of it as Vikas Bahl explaining to you what exactly the film is about without becoming much of a preacher. The idea works because it makes it very smooth and enjoyable. He says what we are if not stories and it works well.
Review of the film goodbye: direction, music
Vikas Bahl understands his audience and satisfies what they need. I have a critical eye, but a normal viewer will walk past the flaws to hear the story and come out crying.
There are obvious loopholes in the story that could have been rectified in the screen translation. Like when Mudassar says I’ll come to the funeral, you go to Tara and land there the next morning makes no sense. Or Nakul’s storyline is so fast and then he gets off a train to charge the phone while we all know that particular train has electrical outlets.
Amit Trivedi after a long time brings an album that conquers hearts. Of course, Jaikal Mahakal and Chann Pardesi are the winners, there are other good ones and you have to listen.
Goodbye Movie Review: The Last Word
Goodbye is a film that does what it wants regardless of the flaws that are obscured by emotions. It is also an art if you observe. If you can ignore them too, go for it and feel the pain of loss and the way to mend your heart.
Until we meet again released on 07 October 2022.
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