Ribbon – Film Review – An Honest Look At Achieving Work-Life Balance

Verdict: A relatable take on modern-day marriages.

The directorial debut of Rakhee Sandilya, Ribbon, highlights the struggles of a modern-day marriage. Starring Kalki Koechlin and Sumeet Vyas, best known as Mickey a.k.a. Mikesh from the popular web-series, Permanent Roommates, the story is extremely relatable to any career-oriented couple living in a metro city. While this sounds familiar to a few movies you may have seen in the past, the performances here do manage to touch your heart.

What’s Ribbon About:

Sahana Mehra (Kalki Koechlin) and Karan Mehra (Sumeet Vyas) are happily married and extremely focused on their respective careers. Things take a turn when Sahana, who has her career path well-planned, finds out that she is pregnant. After some convincing by hubby dearest and a lot of thought, she decides to go ahead with the pregnancy.

They become parents to a little girl, Aashi, and soon face the brunt of raising a family. The post-natal period is what makes this story relatable to every other working couple. The movie also goes on to subtly display the corporate sexism that Sahana faces post-pregnancy. After dealing with constant work pressure and a demotion from a strategist to an analyst, Sahana later gets fired from her job.

Ribbon: Film Review- BookMyShowWhile the couple is trying hard to live the life they always dreamt of, the story suddenly shifts to their 3-year old daughter being molested. How the couple deals with this situation is something you to find out in cinemas.

What Works:

As we said before, the film is extremely relatable to the gen-next who wish to achieve their goals as well as raise a family at the same time. However, to achieve that perfect work-life balance, you have to make sacrifices – a concept beautifully captured in this movie.

Kalki has proved her acting prowess time and again and it goes without saying that her performance was flawless. Sumeet is also a talented actor and has delivered a spectacular performance. Despite being shot in 24 days, the team has put in an immense amount of efforts.

What Could Have Been Better:

Post-interval, the film diverts from the plot and there is a sudden change in the tone, which makes you lose that connection with the story. While Ribbon is a film that is throbbing with realism, there is nothing really new that makes you want to stick through the end.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

Filled with great performances and a significant storyline, Ribbon is a must-watch for all those who love going to the theatre for some real cinema. With Bollywood being filled with brainless masala entertainers, films like Ribbon are more than welcome. So don’t miss out on this movie and book your ticket here.

P.S. Do check out our write-up on Everything You Need To Know About Ribbon before heading for the movie.

Release Date: 03 Nov, 2017
Language: Hindi
Director: Rakhee Sandilya
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast & Crew: Sumeet Vyas, Kalki Koechlin, Neha Iyer, Rakhee Sandilya, Kiearra Soni, Sagar Desai
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