Review: ‘For Real’ is the story of a shrinking family

Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 14:13 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

‘For Real’ accounts a heart-wrenching tale of a six-year old kid marred by the marital discord of her parents. The film encompasses the problems of countless modern nuclear families through the eyes of a child.

Director Sona Jain makes a remarkable debut with a sensitively crafted film which revolves around the tumultuous life of little Shruti Shukla (Zoya S Hassan). The girl has been an innocent witness of her parents’ quarrel that resulted in a bitter separation. So, in order to cope up with the stress, she weaves her own fantasy believing the fact that her mother has left and is never going to come home ‘for real’. The only way she can meet her is through her dreams!

However, her reverie is broken as her mother returns back in the household convincing the child that her mother is an alien.

Fuelled by her brother`s bedtime stories on aliens, she believes her real mom`s been hijacked to the Orion galaxy and the new lady with her new short hair is an alien from a different planet.

Even more perplexed by the turn of events, young Zoya now seems hell bent to find her mom and rescue home before this new lady harms anyone in the household.

The film is but a refreshing take on domestic discord and the happy-unhappy family syndrome that has regularly featured as Bollywood`s favourite plot. But, unlike the traditional narrative of typical Hindi cinema, ‘For Real’ steers clear of all clichés and creates a recognizable urbane world that can be actually taken for real.

High point though remains Zoya, who won the best actress award at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore last year, a well-deserved honour for a character who speaks through her eyes and displays naïve yet elaborate emotions.

The film moves at a sluggish pace, probably an attempt to signify the sensitive issue it talks about. Music in the film is given tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and besides the central character in the film, he is the only saving grace.

Rating: Three cheers for this one.