Never have we come across a movie so wrongly named, but Bornila Chatterjee’s The Hungry will definitely make you lose your appetite for days to come. Screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival under the ‘Spotlight’ section, The Hungry stars Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra in titular roles. It is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, set around an Indian wedding. Like the movies of Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar, the film portrays the lives of the rich.
Background and Story:
Ankur Joshi (Suraj Sharma), son of business owner Tulsi Joshi (Tisca Chopra), commits suicide during the New Year party. Suspecting foul play, Tulsi vows to avenge her son’s killers. This leads her to Tathagat Ahuja (Naseeruddin Shah), who was her late husband’s business partner. To avenge her son’s death, Tulsi and Arun (Neeraj Kabi) – Ahuja’s business manager and Tulsi’s lover – concoct a plan, where Tulsi is to marry Tathagat’s eldest son, Sunny (Arjun Gupta) and kill him. She would then get his share in the company and take over, kicking Tathagat to the curb.
Meanwhile, things are brewing between Tulsi’s other son, Chirag (Antonio Aakeel), and Tathagat’s daughter, Loveleen (Sayani Gupta). Eventually, things don’t go as planned, the wrong people are killed, and Tathagat proves to be too smart for both Tulsi and Arun. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but this one is a piping hot 7-course meal that you simply cannot refuse.
Why You Should Watch:
The Hungry is an extraordinary adaptation of a Shakespearean tragedy. With so much family drama involved, we’d be surprised if it did not release in India, given that its content is the kind we would lap up. Yes, certain scenes towards the end were too gruesome to be shown on screen, and the violence was a bit much for the Censor Board to handle. But The Hungry is the perfect kind of rich family masala entertainer that we love to watch.
The film is certainly not the actors’ best piece of work. After impressing us in many films, this one seemed like a dull one for Naseeruddin Shah. Yet, he did make us chuckle with his funny antics throughout the film and the climax scene was one of his best. Tisca Chopra did not impress much, and Naseer took all the spotlight for this one. Neeraj Kabi was a surprise package and played his character to perfection. Even Sayani Gupta and Karan Pandit were decent in their roles.
While The Hungry was certainly no reviewer’s favorite this MAMI, we are sure that once it is screened in theatres, it will be pulling crowds from all over the country. Watch out for this one in theatres. It is crazy, entertaining, and twisted all at the same time.