Verdict: A magical romance in the digital age.
Onir, the National Award winning film director known for films like My Brother Nikhil (2005) and I Am (2010), gives us a fairy-tale romance this February, the month of love. Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz starring the National Award winning actress Geetanjali Thapa and debutante actor Zain Khan Durrani releases this Friday. The story, screenplay, and dialogues have been done by Abhishek Chatterjee.
What is Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz About:
Onir's film is about a romantic drama revolving around RJ Alfaaz (Zain Khan), a loner, an anti-social poet and Archie aka Archana (Geetanjali Thapa), a professional meme artist, dealing with leucoderma or vitiligo. Mind you, she deals with her condition in her own beautiful way. These two wounded individuals meet in a digital age, with the beautiful city of Kolkata as the backdrop. They form a special bond and it is an emotional ride from thereon.
The tools of expressing love may have changed over the years but the essence remains the same, this is what Onir shows us throughout the film. The film is slow-paced at times but you need it all to slow down to enjoy the charm of two individuals falling in love with the help of words, beautiful, beautiful words. The main leads – Geetanjali Thapa and Zain Khan are perfect in their roles. The film industry has definitely found a treasure in actor Zain who is simply brilliant in emoting the pain of his character's past which he tries to hide from the world. His good looks help too. Their chemistry keeps you hooked on to the big screen. But it is the actor's intensity and voice as RJ Alfaaz who brings new and unheard love stories from Kolkata to his listeners that makes him stand-out.
What Could've Been Better:
The film stays true to its theme – a modern-day romance but is slow-paced in parts. Albeit that adds to the charm, a few moments could've used some pace. The film will be best enjoyed on a big screen. We hope the magic is still retained while watching it on another medium.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz for the beautiful story and narrative, for the performances, the direction and dialogues. A complete package directed by one of the best directors of our country – Onir, this film is a must watch for those who still believe in true love.