Watched “Chandni Bar” (2001) as a Friday night movie pick. Chose this film because I was not familiar with any of the Indian actors or actresses. As far as the acting, the script, etc. … it was fine. I say “fine”? But according to Wikipedia: “The film was a critically acclaimed hit and it won four National Film Awards.”
Well! I don’t want to spoil it for others who have not seen the film. Don’t get me wrong. The performances were award-worthy. It’s just that … if I were to use one word to describe the storyline, that word would be “hopeless”.
Throughout the movie, I kept hoping. But my hope was never fulfilled. I was very moved by the characters and the harsh realities of life they faced daily; especially as the threads of their daily lives were sewn into the fabric of the criminal underworld. Definitely not a Cinderella fairy tale.
It was a very sad ending.
Review: Chandni Bar | @variety https://t.co/KzQwbpiTW0 ~ "Chandni Bar" — the tragedy of characters doomed never to break free of their social caste. In this variation, the heroine's family is killed and she is forced to work in a beer bar as a dancer. Her life is not pretty. pic.twitter.com/KhoYkKboft— My Fox Nooze (aka Joie de Vivre Magazine) (@FoxMarks_ATX) January 10, 2020