Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Neena Gupta, Rashmika Mandanna, Pavail Gulati, Ashish Vidyarthi and the ensemble cast.
the director: Vikas Bahl.
What’s good: A story so personal that everyone will relate to it. It is a reminder of the pain you brushed under the carpet or the pain you are afraid to face someday.
What’s worse: Cleanliness is missing between the humor and the emotions that don’t mix very well.
Lou Break: If you have feelings deeply and cannot cry in public.
See or not?: Look, because even with the flaws, Vikas Bahl brings unfiltered emotions and he strikes the right chord.
Language: Hindi (with subtitles).
Available at: in cinemas near you.
Runtime: 146 minutes.
A nuclear family consisting of parents and four children is scattered in different parts of the world. Mother passes away suddenly and now the entire camp needs to come under one roof to send her one last time. Stories unfold, dynamics are tested and a way to grieve the loss is discovered.
Goodbye Movie Review: Script Analysis
Hindi cinema in the last two years with films like Ramprasad’s Tehrvik, Paget and a few others have explored the idea of how to deal with one of life’s biggest fears, someone close to you has passed away. What circus does this lead to, and do we really need to do the things we’ve been doing for ages? Vikas Bahl brings another addition to his writing, a little more contemporary to the table, and he hits them with final sentiments before anyone else questions his idea. That’s a good thing, at least for him.
Written by Vikas, Alvida is about a family grappling with the loss of their parents, and the one that was the glue for this family, which is borderline dysfunctional, but still together. So while these characters meet and talk to each other without much connection than in delightful flashbacks, Bahl makes it very clear that he wants his audience to be a tsunami of emotions and nostalgia as his story progresses. . By opening the film up to tragedy and then slowly going back in time to make you meet what the characters have so far lacked, he connects the audience to his cinema. And as the first glimpse of Neena Gupta fills the void, you as a viewer have already shed at least a few tears.
Bear with me if I use the word ’emotion’ too many times, but that’s the power of one word on which goodbye thrives. The obvious idea is to see the world without a mother figure and this may be subjective to everyone, but the bondage and its absence remain the same. Vikas also manages to do so beautifully. Because he is focused not only on what has happened, but also on what life looks like without him and will continue in the future.
In his insistence on creating real people and conflicts, he also adds humor to the script, much of which is situational. But he also learns that his motive is to make people cry, so he doesn’t spend much time even going to the cremation ground. And dare to hold back those tears, because even with a few imperfections, the feeling of a void we all dread pierces and shatters our hearts. There is even a lifeless Neena Gupta lying on a snowflake, which is enough to make you sad, and moreover she brings out the warmest as the story moves into flashbacks.
There is a well thought out way of how one should grieve and who makes the decisions. A father who is angry with everything around him because he has lost his temper, a son who makes him realize that it is not just he who has lost someone, a daughter who has differences with said father And now he has to undergo conditional rituals so that his mother can attain salvation. Everything reaches home.
Not that this movie is as innocent as Bahl Ki Rani which is another example of how well she knows how to handle emotions. (We’re not talking about fabulous here). But goodbye some parts lack transition skills. Mainly in scenes between comic and emotional twists, it feels sudden and you can feel the bump. The bump can also be felt when a new scene is started. Mostly because of the above transitions, but also when Vikas decides to open them up with some unexpected notes. Like when a father sees his son having sex on the night of his mother’s cremation and there’s some logic to it, full marks for highlighting a modern-day problem, but how it starts is a little weird.
Goodbye Movie Review: Star Performance
As an actor Amitabh Bachchan is growing even at the age of 80 and megastar status gives me more respect with every passing day. He has to be strong as the father of this camp. especially in the two scenes where he is preparing for a funeral with no room to grieve and another where he finally gets a moment so talks to his wife’s ashes, each of them in my heart broke. You see the actor doesn’t take his position lightly and my goodness he makes you feel every single emotion he plays. Be it his dilemma, insecurities, anger, love, everything.
Neena Gupta As the movie goes, that’s what we’re looking for. She is the epitome of doing everything well in one’s life and is so sweet that you cannot imagine someone like her lying on a pyre. There is warmth in her acting and every time she gets a chance to romance Big B, she lives up to her dream of becoming the heroine she deserved forever.
Rashmika Mandanna gives a stellar performance and this is a tough spot as she shares the most screen time with Bachchan. The actor cries in reassurance and you are invested in Tara as most of the conflict is around her. With a lot of responsibility, the actor treads the path very well. Full marks to the producers for letting them dub their lines. But every time someone points out that the family is Punjabi and that Tara is the real child and not adopted, the accent gets a little disturbing.
Pavail Gulati, Sahil Mehta, Elli Avram, Ashish Vidyarthi and everyone else play their roles with faith and confidence. Sunil Grover impresses in a cameo. Think of him like Vikas Bahl explaining to you what his film is really about without being too didactic. The idea works because he makes it very intuitive and likable. He says what we are but stories and it does the right thing.
Goodbye Movie Review: Direction, Music
Vikas Bahl understands his audience and caters to the needs. I have a critical eye, but a general audience will go out to feel the story and cry.
There are obvious flaws in the story that could have been corrected in the screen translation. Like Mudassar I will come to the funeral, you go to Tara and there is no point in landing there the next morning. Or the story of Nakul being so fast-paced and then he gets off the train to charge the phone while we all know that the special train has electrical sockets.
Amit Trivedi has come up with a heart-winning album after a long time. Of course, Jaykal Mahakal and Channa Pardesi are the winners, there are some even better ones and you must listen.
Goodbye Movie Review: The Last Word
Goodbye is a film that does what it intended to, regardless of the flaws covered by emotion. If seen, this is also an art. If you can ignore them too, then go for it and feel the pain of losing and the way your heart heals.
Bye Releasing on October 07, 2022.
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