The mundane can hold so much more than you would think at first sight. Neeraj Ghaywan takes two seemingly separate stories – both conspiring in Banares – and converges them very gracefully in his climax scene. The ghats of Banares see a lot more then birth and death.

The first story explores the facets of a father-daughter relationship after the daughter is caught with her boyfriend and blackmailed by a police officer. You cannot help but have your heart go out for the father but also for the daughter to some extent.

The second story is that of a young aspiring engineer trying to escape his fate as a corpse burner who falls hopelessly in love with an upper cast girl.

Fine filmmaking with characters that could be real. (9/10)



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