Two of my favourite actors, Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi act in Irada and that was the sole reason for my deciding to see it.

I am glad that I did.

It is not anything like the other films where these two actors have paired,  It is far more serious.  Arshad tries to bring in some humour without much success as the story does not allow for any humour except of the dark variety like when the Chief Minister’s mother asks her to eat with her mouth closed!

The subject matter is contamination of underground water sources and resultant cancer in one particular geographic area. Collusion between Corporate interests and politicians, murder, hear break, suicide etc all come together in a fast paced presentation to make it a worthwhile experience.

Excellent direction and cinematography makes it technically very sound.  All the other actors produce professional performances  and if you can get to see it, please do not miss the opportunity.

What Could Have Been.

The inspiration for this post came from a remarkable 12 minute short film which is shown at the end of the post. Actors, Naseeruddin Shah and Shernaz Patel have produced remarkable performances and I am sure that my readers will enjoy watching the short film as much as I did.

Why I want to write about this film is due to two true stories in my life. The first is about my first kiss about which I had written two blog posts here and here.

The other is one about which I have not written before. My first great romance was with TK which lasted for all of three and a half years between my 18th and 22nd years. We broke up because her religion came in the way of a long term relationship and she went her way and I mine.

Like Sharada came back into my life, TK too did just two years ago. She was asked by a mutual friend who had been in touch with both of us without letting each other know about the other all these years. TK rang me up to inform me about the death of another mutual friend in the USA. TK too got married the same year as I did and after all these years we got to know all about what had happened to each other during the interim.

In both the cases, I used to wonder after the parting of ways as to what had happened to them. I used to imagine all kinds of scenarios in moments of wistful dreaming but the truth when it came to be known, was totally different.

In the film, the hero is shown at the reunion, but not about his wistful dreaming days if he had had any and that is what made me write this post.