Directed and written by Anvita Dutt Guptan, Qala stars Tripti Dimri, Swastika Mukherjee, Varun Grover, Swananad Kirkire, Neer Raao. Siddharth Diwan has worked on its cinematography. The film released on the OTT platform Netflix yesterday.
Tripti Dimri plays Qala Manjushree, a prominent singer, looks like 1930s and 1940s India. The narrative shifts to Urmila (Swastika Mukherjee) who loathes her for, as she witnessed it, slaying her twin brother in the womb. Babil Khan plays Jagan, the son of the late Irrfan Khan with a keen talent to Qala at least in Urmila’s perspective, he soon became the son she never had.
Her childhood went in unproductive attempts at making her mother happy by practicing her vocal skills for hours on end without realising that no matter how much she attempts to be a good singer, she would never be what her mother wishes: a son who could continue her legacy in classical music. Qala didn’t find pleasure and her mental breakdown didn’t let her decide what’s real and what’s just in her mind.
Dutt’s direction is strong and the script is powerful. Dimri performs according to the character in a refreshing and rare way. Babil’s acting skill as a young talent is applaudable as he exits from the darkness like a phoenix in it but doesn’t get much dialogues to deliver, while Swastika acts fine.
The film has shown a great transformation from a toxic and rude relationship between a mother and duo to the artist’s pursuit for expression and identity. The 120-minute film showcases it’s solitary for women who get into a particular situation at some personal and emotional cost. The artwork is worth watching for an audio-visual combination of parenting and music industry.