Verdict: A concept that is novel yet tad underwhelming
When 11 directors come together to make one film by dividing segments of one story within themselves, each segment stands out to be evidently different, like a river with several tributaries, each with a turn and expression of its own.
One can either go wrong with such a film and make an eyesore of a movie that the audience will constantly find themselves struggling to adapt to because of the constantly changing dynamics and style of the film or make something as unique as X: Past Is Present.
From the makers of Masaan and Aakhon Dekhi, comes this experimental, path-breaking film. Made by 11 directors from different cinemas affiliated to different genres, the film presents to you one story – a story of Mr. K (Rajat Kapoor). The film is a visual insight into his past, his present, his fears, his needs, and of course, his women.
A 100 years after the birth of Indian cinema and a lot of us still find ourselves struggling to accept lesser known vernacular movies. This movie attempts to bridge that gap; thanks to the contribution of filmmakers such as Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Sudhish Kamath among others.
Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Huma Qureshi, Swara Bhaskar, Radhika Apte; all only add to the vigor of the film.
Mr. K meets a young mysterious girl (Piaa Bajpai) at a film festival one night and is initially attracted to her. She soon begins to remind him of each woman that he was ever romantically attracted to and K tries to pull away from her not very successfully. The film revolves around who this mysterious woman is while delving into K’s past.
The film tries to question faith, morality, relationships, needs, fears and ambitions through these 11 chapters but loses direction along the way as it attempts to balance the complicated characters of the film. The film could have ran a tad longer to cover certain loopholes that arise due to its short running time. Along with those are the not-so-successful attempts at symbolism. Nevertheless, the visual treats that the diverse crew offers definitely make up for it.
X: Past Is Present is a cinematic kaleidoscope full of diverse genres, styles, and cast that all come together to fit perfectly and form a colorful film full of expression.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch X: Past Is Present to witness an art house, experimental film that exhibits the work of several acclaimed directors, actors, and editors.
The likes of Swara Bhaskar, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte portray some really outstanding characters, which will leave you asking for more.
– By Hiral Parekh