CAST & CREW
Wife against husband? We’ve seen it.
Wife against husband accusing him of rape? Mittal v/s Mittal.
The premise is as jaw-dropping as it sounds. Rape and husband-wife issues have been portrayed in court several times separately. But both together puts a different light on the issue, and that’s what the film is about.
The story revolves around the characters of Mitali and Karan. Mitali is a model, who is bold enough when it comes to her being a professional, but is equally a person altogether different from the professional when not working. Enters Karan Mittal, who tries to woo her, the moment he notices her. Though Karan’s intentions were far from subtle, the moth eventually got attracted to the flame. Mitali falls for him. The first half of the film is about the falling in love phase and the characterisation. The first half is the background set up for the second half; the film happens in the second half. It lifts the veil of the happily married impression, and there is an epiphany of what actually transpired.There is a flashback, the courtroom drama, the same old justice-injustice debate and the climax decision. What sets the story apart from other courtroom drama’s is the accusation on which the film is based.
The first half, thanks to all the actors looks far from genuine. Acting is slack and fails to connect with the audience, and this lack of performance affects the unique vibe of the film. The courtroom drama is interesting but apart from that the film doesn’t match the expectations of being an out of the box drama. The flashbacks are also very ill-placed as they create exactly opposite of what they are supposed to: chaos. The film could have been capricious, had the screenplay and cast been better.
The leads Rituparna Sengupta and Rohit Roy are raw and could’ve done better. The fact that they are acting is visible, and that’s the mark of over-acting. Lawyers Suchitra Krishnamoorthy and Gulshan Grover come across as a cold drink on a hot summer day.
A distinct drama, filled with sequences which highlight the subject of a woman claiming the right to her body against her husband. The awareness and women empowerment it generates is reverberating.
What’s not there?
A proper screenplay and an engaging cast could’ve taken the movie to another level.
For the thought that it provokes, it does qualify for a one-time watch.
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