Select your region
Sign in
Hamburger Menu
Mantra: Film Review – Rajat Kapoor’s Requiem for a Dream

Mantra: Film Review – Rajat Kapoor’s Requiem for a Dream

By Delnaz Divecha16 March, 2017 3 min read

Verdict: Better than your average family drama.

Filmmakers of today are becoming more aware of the kind of content in their films. In this day and age, making lewd sexist remarks or racist jokes is just not okay anymore. Sure, movies like Mastizaade still continue to exist, but many prominent filmmakers are more careful about this matter. Movies of today are more relevant and rebellious than ever. Women are given equal importance as men, stories have more connect with the audience, traditional customs are challenged, and family dramas are devoid of the melodrama. One such film that leaves a mark is Mantra.

Written and directed by debutant Nicholas Kharkongor, Mantra portrays the struggle of a man trying to save his company from going bankrupt. Kapil Kapoor (Rajat Kapoor), more commonly known as KK by his friends, owns the potato snack brand King Chips. With the market takeover of his competitor Kipper Chips, KK’s business is swiftly running into losses. His concerns turn to anhedonia, but KK refuses to share his burden with his family. Meanwhile, the Kapoor household has its own issues. The eldest son Viraj (Shiv Pandit) is trying to keep his own business afloat, as he struggles with local political parties. Piya (Kalki Koechlin) is trying to adjust to life in Delhi, after almost getting raped at a party. Vir, the youngest, finds himself in a relationship with a much older woman he met online. And Kapil’s wife Minna (Lushin Dubey) wants a divorce.

Mantra movie still - BookMyShow

An indie film with a unique plot and no star cast, Mantra took two years to release through crowdfunding. Like in the industry, where commercial films rule, indie films like Mantra generally struggle. And this was the theme of Mantra too. It is set in a time when the Indian economy is becoming more liberal and small businesses are overrun by multinationals. The country is progressing and yet the standard of living is still at its worse – this notion runs parallel with the plot, manifesting itself in unusual ways. Hence, the film becomes highly relevant because even today, our country is making strides globally, but still remains one of the most unsafe places to live in.

In terms of performances, Rajat Kapoor was at his best. Very similar to the role he played in Kapoor and Sons last year, Kapoor is not the ideal husband or father, but the average Indian man. The one who struggles to keep his business and family afloat. He suffers but he doesn’t show it. And Kapoor encompasses all this perfectly. Others who shone were Lushin Dubey and Kalki Koechlin. Kalki was the ideal choice for her role and no one could do it better. But Lushin blows your mind, even though she plays the wealthy housewife you have seen in practically every Bollywood movie. Lushin’s character is closer to home and her side of the story touches you the most.  

Mantra movie set - BookMyShow

Realistically speaking, Mantra cannot compete against the average Bollywood movies running in the theatres right now. It’s niche, it’s indie, and it’s not to everyone’s liking. Yet, movies like this cannot be ignored. Where it lacks in masala, it makes up with emotional connect. Even without its superstar quotient, Mantra delivers some outstanding performances. There’s no hit gaana but musical elements still exist, which blend in well with the narrative. There are various instances of smoking, and even a slight drug use, but the movie is not meant for children anyway. However, if you are above 15 years of age, you mustn’t miss this film.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

fantastic cast brought together by an exceptional script, Mantra is highly relevant in today’s times. Learn more about the onset of liberalization in 1991 and see how the narrative strikes a chord even today. Mantra is unique and it leaves you with something to think about.

 

Tags: #Adil Hussain #English movies #family drama #film review #Kalki Koechlin #Lushin Dubey #Mantra #movie review #Nicholas Kharkongor #Rajat Kapoor #Shiv Pandit
Delnaz Divecha
Written by

Delnaz Divecha

Writer. Editor. Critic.

Trending articles

Read This Before You Watch The Telugu Drama ‘Akhanda’

Read This Before You Watch The Telugu Drama ‘Akhanda’

Starring Nandamuri Balakrishna and directed by Boyapati Srinu, ‘Akhanda’ is all set to hit theatres this Thursday, December 2. This i their third movie together after the blockbuster hits, ‘Simha’ and ‘Legend’.
By Srilakshmi Mudunuri < 1 min read
Video: Why Salman Khan’s ‘Antim: The Final Truth’ Is Gold

Video: Why Salman Khan’s ‘Antim: The Final Truth’ Is Gold

Bhai’s latest movie ‘Antim: The Final Truth’ is a real treat for fans. Not only does it have all the things you want from a Salman Khan film – mad action, shots of his bare torso – the movie has a solid story. Plus Aayush Sharma, who is Khan’s brother-in-law in real life, proves that he can act. Watch this video to hear what we thought about the film.
By BMS Editor < 1 min read
All You Need To Know About The Malayalam Epic ‘Marakkar’

All You Need To Know About The Malayalam Epic ‘Marakkar’

Directed by Priyadarshan, the period film ‘Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea’ will be out on December 2. It’s titled ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ in Malayalam and ‘Maraikayar: Arabikadalin Singam’ in Tamil. The film is based on Kunjali Marakkar IV, the admiral of the Samoothiri navy, and is set in 16th century Kozhikode.
By Srilakshmi Mudunuri < 1 min read
See more articles
Privacy Note
By using www.bookmyshow.com(our website), you are fully accepting the Privacy Policy available at https://bookmyshow.com/privacy governing your access to Bookmyshow and provision of services by Bookmyshow to you. If you do not accept terms mentioned in the Privacy Policy, you must not share any of your personal information and immediately exit Bookmyshow.
hut
List your Show
Got a show, event, activity or a great experience? Partner with us & get listed on BookMyShow
Contact today!
bookmyshow
Copyright 2021 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
The content and images used on this site are copyright protected and copyrights vests with the respective owners. The usage of the content and images on this website is intended to promote the works and no endorsement of the artist shall be implied. Unauthorized use is prohibited and punishable by law.