Movie Review: Ribbon

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With realistic cinema taking over the reigns of Bollywood, Ribbon is one shining ammunition. The element of superficial masala drama is absent from the film which excites the hungry-for-good-cinema movie maniac in you. Ribbon doesn’t disappoint, for the most part at least.


The movie does a good job of grasping the attention of the viewer in the first few scenes itself, where Suhana Mehra (played by Kalki Koechlin) finds out that she is pregnant while in the golden period of her professional career. Mr. Husband – Karan Mehra (played by Sumeet Vyas) is rather happy about the baby-news.  While the scene depicts the dilemma of accepting parenthood or ‘aborting’ it, the movie cuts to when Suhana is 15 days away from her due date. The screenplay is understandably raw, but we’re not complaining. The relativity of the script and interest in discovering the plot of the movie keeps me going.


Talking about the plot of the movie, Rakhee Sandilya (director) has tried noticeably hard to fit in more than one message in the movie. Sadly, none seemed to be delivered clearly. The first half of the movie depicts the challenges that come alongside unplanned parenthood in the life of a modern couple. A struggling couple welcomes a baby girl in their life while that has seemed to shatter wifey’s upcoming promotion at work. The couple manages other unfortunate but very realistic problems that occur- down payments of the home loan, responsibilities of the family, expenses, nanny issues, etc. while struggling to take shape of a family. Mr. Husband never fails to stay by Suhana’s side on any occasion and would take a plunge for the family. The first half is nothing but a continuing story with unnecessary lapses in scenes which makes you lose the connection with the movie. However, amidst all this, I kept my eyes open for a possible hint at the main plot.


Come the second half, the film started to take shape. Just when you’d think that you’ve figured the main plot of the movie, there comes another aspect in the story which is either of two things: (1) A very late introduction of the main plot, (2) a very tragic facet that it forced to fit in a comparatively regular story. Kalki and Sumeet’s acting saves the movie’s grace clubbed with the honest script. The dialogues, set and scenes are kept relatable to match with the movie’s pragmatic theme.


The music doesn’t add to the film but neither does it take away from it. For the ones who crave closures, here’s a spoiler: the movie ends on an abrupt note. It’s not the ending that is disturbing, it’s the lack of a point. With such appalling events occurring in the last 30 minutes, you’d expect a fruitful climax. But alas! The truthful movie ends with a cliffhanger. Well, those are the perks of realistic cinema. There are not always happy endings.


Directed by debutant director Rakhee Sandilya, the movie raises your hope and doesn’t serve much to your expectations. The plot remains a mystery and the film is comparable to an extended webisode. If anything, the Kalki and Sumeet’s portrayal of roles remains lifelike and does justice to their much-loved-actors statuses. This was Sumeet Vyas’s debut movie in Bollywood and he has played his part excellently, keeping aside the basic flaw in the film. The child actor’s naivety adds to the movie immensely despite her age.


Sandilya has tried to strike a very untouched aspect of the incidents commoners face in their everyday life. However, in her attempt to enjoin various strands, she loses the chance to make a conclusion out of the film.


I rate this movie 3 shors out of 5.


Reviewed by: Mitali Semlaani

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