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21 Apr, 2017
1 hrs 44 mins
242 votes
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Aparna Sen is ready with her latest directorial venture Sonata, based on the play by the same name by Mahesh Elkunchwar. Sonata is the psychological exploration of three unmarried women namely Aruna Chaturvedi (Professor), Dolon Sen (Banker) and Subhadra Parekh (journalist) played by Aparna Sen, Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubey respectively. Set in the recent contemporary past, it is about three friends, their lives, ups and downs, the men in their lives and a twist in the tale. It is a subtle, cosmopolitan, contemporary, film on women and the uncertainties of life, based in an urban scape.
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However, it is rare for unapologetic narratives about older single women (who "aren`t even feminists!") to find their way to the screen. This is the kind of movie that you need to sip and savour. It wont go well with popcorn and soda, but its worth a visit to the theatre anyway. ...Read full review
The most obvious gripe regarding Aparna Sen`s Sonata, an English-language chamber drama that unfolds in a single living room in the span of a few hours, would relate to its cinematic sparseness. Adapted from the play of the same title by Mahesh Elkunchwar, the film is never far away from tripping on its cramped stagey-ness. But there is so much to like in Sonata that it isn`t difficult at all to ignore some of the film`s failings and focus on its brighter sides. Nothing is brighter in this film than the presence of Shabana Azmi, who uses the limited physical space of the set to produce an air of free-spirited abandonment that plays off perfectly well against strait-lacedness of the professorial character played by the director. ...Read full review
When a middle-aged spinster settles down with her knitting yarn, she`s barely bothered by her roommate`s jibes who finds the activity to be boring. As if seeking validation, she breaks into a monologue about the numerous benefits of interlocking wool to create fabric. "I find it to be therapeutic, you begin to organise your thoughts, your mind becomes clearer and things tend to fall in place..." Based on a play by the same name by Mahesh Elkunchwar, Sonata is an overdose of prose, a vomit of words, a lethargic and laboured attempt at communication. ...Read full review
When you walk into a theatre to watch a film directed by Aparna Sen, starring herself, Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubey, you expect the film to be exceptional. When you learn that it is adapted from a play written by Mahesh Eklunchwar, you are intrigued to know how the story will play out on the big screen. Sadly, Sonata is just not as impactful as one expects. ...Read full review
Three women, freed from the preening-pouting shackles of mainstream cinema. These are women of a certain age, who have grown into their skin, comfortable being themselves. Such women are almost never seen on our screens, unless they are appendages a principal characters mother or aunt or `saas or `bhabhi. ...Read full review