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Trishna 2012 R CC

Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan. She works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay is the wealthy son of a property developer. When the two move to Mumbai, Jay's deep family bond threaten the young lovers' bliss.

Starring:
Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Michael Winterbottom
Starring Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Supporting actors Mita Vasisht, Harish Khanna, Roshan Seth, Leela Madhauram, Pratiksha Singh, Neet Mohan, Sam Hastings, Marc Richardson, Anurag Kashyap, Kalki Koechlin, Amit Trivedi, Meenakshi Singh, Chanchal Sharma, Shweta Tripathi, Manisha Kakran, Shahin Mapker, Poonam Kasekar, Agnes Sonkar
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I agree with another reviewer who points out that this film is only remotely inspired by Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Even so, it highlights the continuing inequalities between class and gender.

Riz Ahmed (of Four Lions) is impressive as the sweet yet entitled Jay. His besotted lover changes believably when he finds out that Trishna had an abortion after their first encounter. That he is also called back to London to be with his ailing father contributes to the emotional distance between himself and Trishna. When he returns to India and, reluctantly, to his father's hotel business, he and Trishna are socially separated: he to the high class position of hotel proprietor and she to being a servant. This additional separation, in addition to the emotional separation and his father's illness and death, turns Jay into a brutal and dominating sexual predator.

Freida Pinto, as Trishna, has been criticized for not having enough of an emotional palette in this movie. However, Trishna would have been used to hiding her emotions. Her father is also domineering, requiring her to bring him water, tend to the children, accompany him to market. Therefore, she is used to doing as she is told. We know that she may have been spirited as a child since her younger brother and sister are delightfully open, fun-loving and mischievous. On reaching adolescence, we can assume that all this changed since Trishna's compliance reveals the extent to which many Indian women are still forced into subservience.

Trishna's shyness with Jay is as credible as is her frightened complicity in their first sexual encounter. He is a male. He has rescued her from the Eve-teasers, therefore she owes him.
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To claim that TRISHNA is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's `Tess of the D'Urbervilles' is really stretching the imagination. This is an engrossing film about caste differences in India: the screenwriters are not mentioned - only the fact that director Michael Winterbottom based his story on Hardy's famous novel seems to be more of a PR draw than reality. But the film is well acted and the aromas and atmospheres of India are well captured.

TRISHNA reveals the life of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto, beautiful and sensitive) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed, inordinately handsome and polished) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialization, urbanization and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her: the sexual double standard to which Tess falls victim despite being a truly good woman makes her despised by society after losing her virginity before marriage. Trishna has choices after she receives an education, but she instead chooses to follow her passion for Jay. Jay truly loves Trishna but his social class demands that he keep Trishna as an employee, making his physical love affair with her a private matter due to the rules of the caste system.
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Gritty, gripping, and disturbing. With captivating slices of Indian life, rural and urban. However, the story seems a bit farfetched at times. And the main characters were written a little too thin and plot lines too pat in spots. That notwithstanding, there are moments of subtle, piercing drama and social comment as well.
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Set in contemporary Mumbai, TRISHNA is the tragic tale of a young woman (Freida Pinto) plucked from a village by a rich entrepreneur (Riz Ahmed) to live the high life, but finds herself very much at his beck and call with very little opportunity for self-determination. The story is an object lesson in how to understand the phrase "all that glisters is not gold," while pointing out the evils of capitalism in the newly-rich world of the Indian bourgeoisie.

Michael Winterbottom's film has a fine sense of place, stressing the contrasts between the young woman Trishna's rural origins, her new life in Mumbai and her subsequent decampment to Rajasthan, where she is expected to work as a servant to Jay - the entrepreneur - while being a lover at the same time. The combination of roles proves too much for her, leading to a violent denouement. Jay is portrayed as a superficial character for whom money has far more importance than love; on many occasions the two concepts are deliberately conflated so that he can achieve his ends. Riz Ahmed turns in a fine performance, his facial expressions seldom changing as he returns to India from a prosperous life in London and expects the local people to act at his beck and call.

Stylistically speaking, however, TRISHNA is rather irritating. Winterbottom's camera finds it difficult to focus on one particular object or person at a time; the shooting style is jerky, with several fast cuts between one thing and another. This serves a thematic purpose - to underline the superficialities of Jay's existence - but becomes rather difficult to watch. Consequently we find it difficult to sympathize with the protagonists - especially Trishna, even though she is very much the victim of a patriarchal society.
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