Posham Pa Doesn’t Tempt Us To Invest In Its Scummy Characters

Posham Pa(Zee5)

Starring Mahie Gill, Sayani Gupta, Ragini Khanna, Imaad Shah, Shivani  Raghuvanshi

Directed  by Suman Mukhopadhyay

Rating: **(2 stars)

 It is heartbreaking to see how much Sayani Gupta and Mahie Gill have invested into her character  of  asociopathic  daughter brainwashed into life of  bloodied crime,  in a demoniacally  dysfunctional  family.

 In spite  of uniformly competent performance  Posham Pa  fails to  tempt us into investing   80 minutes in  characters who are so reprehensible that  there  should no attempt  to humanize them through  any  popular  media.Director Suman Mukhopadhyay and his  writer the  talented  Nimisha Misra do just that. They want us to feel sorry for this trio of  mother and  two daughters who  went on killing spree butchering innocent little street children with  a temerity that  should shake  us.

Here, it just revolts us. The moral ambiguity  in the narrative is far more disturbing than the  visuals  of actressMahie Gill , eyes  flashing bosom heaving, running with  a rock to  smash  little children’s bewildered faces.Gill  looks like  a woman who had just been denied  the benefits of  a discount sale at a shopping mall.

 I mean, yuck! We are  supposed  to feel  sorry for this  psychotic woman because  …well, we as  a society  failed her by not providing  Prajakta(Gill)  and her daughters Regha(Sayani Gupta) and  Shikha(Ragini) enough to eat. So they have the right  to  embark  on a  slaughtering spree?

Posham Pa is not  just  a hideously  misguided morality tale, it is  also a totally  unnecessary and uncalled-for  slice-of-life cinema. Why did we need a film on this twisted murderous  trio  who  seem to be motivated  not  by a desperate  poverty(much as  we are  persuaded into believing that  to be the  cause of their  criminal  activities)  but  a perverse pleasure in taking innocent  lives?  Kill them, I say. And  let’s move in  life hoping such scummy elements don’t come back to  slur our wounded civilization.

 The redeeming  quality in this  irredeemably aimless  crime drama are the performances specially by Sayani  Gupta whose  look of wretched  despair  haunted me even as I  spluttered  out of this claustrophobic  film. Mahie Gilldoes  her utmost  to  convince  us of  how   evil her character  is. Ragini Khanna as  Murder India’s   other daughter  is sufficiently somber, considering the  family her character belongs to.

Predictably there are a pair of  journalists  chasing the psychotic  family’s  story.The couple has a highly unconvincing  tension  built around its  relationship.The  talented  Imaad Khan who plays the Sikh investigative  journalist deserves better. So do we. As  for  the mother and daughters’ trio, hell , they deserve nothing except capital  punishment. Not even this  film.

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Posham Pa Doesn’t  Tempt Us To Invest In Its Scummy Characters

By  Subhash K Jha

Posham Pa(Zee5)

Starring Mahie Gill, Sayani Gupta, Ragini Khanna, Imaad Shah, Shivani  Raghuvanshi

Directed  by Suman Mukhopadhyay

Rating: **(2 stars)

 It is heartbreaking to see how much Sayani Gupta and Mahie Gill have invested into their characters  of  asociopathic  daughter and mother  brainwashed into a  life of  bloodied crime,  in a demoniacally  dysfunctional  family.

 In spite  of uniformly competent performance  Posham Pa  fails to  tempt us into investing   80 minutes in  characters who are so reprehensible that  there  should no attempt  to humanize them through  any  popular  media.Director Suman Mukhopadhyay and his  writer the  talented  Nimisha Misra do just that. They want us to feel sorry for this trio of  mother and  two daughters who  went on killing spree butchering innocent little street children with  a temerity that  should shake  us.

Here, it just revolts us. The moral ambiguity  in the narrative is far more disturbing than the  visuals  of actressMahie Gill , eyes  flashing bosom heaving, running with  a rock to  smash  little children’s bewildered faces.Gill  looks like  a woman who had just been denied  the benefits of  a discount sale at a shopping mall.

 I mean, yuck! We are  supposed  to feel  sorry for this  psychotic woman because  …well, we as  a society  failed her by not providing  Prajakta(Gill)  and her daughters Regha(Sayani Gupta) and  Shikha(Ragini) enough to eat. So they have the right  to  embark  on a  slaughtering spree?

Posham Pa is not  just  a hideously  misguided morality tale, it is  also a totally  unnecessary and uncalled-for  slice-of-life cinema. Why did we need a film on this twisted murderous  trio  who  seem to be motivated  not  by a desperate  poverty(much as  we are  persuaded into believing that  to be the  cause of their  criminal  activities)  but  a perverse pleasure in taking innocent  lives?  Kill them, I say. And  let’s move in  life hoping such scummy elements don’t come back to  slur our wounded civilization.

 The redeeming  quality in this  irredeemably aimless  crime drama are the performances specially by Sayani  Gupta whose  look of wretched  despair  haunted me even as I  spluttered  out of this claustrophobic  film. Mahie Gilldoes  her utmost  to  convince  us of  how   evil her character  is. Ragini Khanna as  Murder India’s   other daughter  is sufficiently somber, considering the  family her character belongs to.

Predictably there are a pair of  journalists  chasing the psychotic  family’s  story.The couple has a highly unconvincing  tension  built around its  relationship.The  talented  Imaad Khan who plays the Sikh investigative  journalist deserves better. So do we. As  for  the mother and daughters’ trio, hell , they deserve nothing except capital  punishment. Not even this  film.

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