Diganta Guha

Film: Mirch
Director: Vinay Shukla
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Boman Irani, Shreyas Talpade, Raima Sen, Arunoday Singh, Shahana Goswami, Sushant Singh, Tisca Chopra, Rajpal Yadav
Rating: Good
Watching a film, first day first show has its own charm, but this was surely different. Venue: INOX, Swabhumi. Time: 9.30 am. The man at the ticket counter said “Sorry sir, you are the only one. And if no one else turns up, then we will have to cancel the show.” Had the Mirch director been a witness to that pathetic scene, he would have died in shame. Fortunately, a few joined the queue and I managed to get inside the theatre. Absence of a big name and lack of publicity were the reasons behind the lukewarm response. But was the film that bad?
Well, director Vinay Shukla has dealt with the topic of infidelity through four separate stories. Each story highlights infidelity in its own way. If one story has a wife cheating on her hubby, the other has the husband finding his pleasure outside marriage. There is a touch of humour in all the stories which makes the film an interesting watch. Shukla has tried his hands at dealing with a film within a film and has done well.
Performance-wise, everyone does well. But Konkona deserves a special mention. One of the stories has Konkona as a young queen deprived of sexual pleasures and in the other she plays a sex worker who catches her husband (Boman Irani) redhanded. One can’t miss Arunoday, who is comfortable in the role of a struggling director and looks dashing. Shahana Goswami and Raima Sen too have done their parts well. Raima as the seductive wife of Rajpal Yadav in one of the stories is brilliant.
In a way Mirch is an experiment and Shukla deserves kudos for it. The film may not have stars, but the way Shukla has focussed on the script and screenplay, is what makes it special. Overall, the film doesn’t bore you at all. Mirch is an example of what a unique vision can do to a film. There have been umpteen number of films on infidelity like Pati Patni Aur Woh, Arth, Ankahee et al, but Mirch stands out. It’s evident from the treatment of the film that Shukla has targetted the metro audience.  It is not an easy job to connect four stories seamlessly, but Shukla manages it with perfection.
There are some loopholes in the script but a director, who gave us Godmother and has done screenplays of Aitbaar (Suresh Oberoi, Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar) and Viraasat, (Anil Kapoor and Tabu) somehow manages to salvage it.
So, will the film work at the box office? Let’s hope the for the best.