Nandana Sen in THE FOREST (2012) - An Unconventional Bollywood Thriller: WBRi Movie Review
Kolkata, May 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Not many directors deal with environmental concerns and interlinked problems of marriage and ecological depredation which the world is increasingly witnessing. The director of The Forest, Ashwin Kumar, has tried to draw an analogy between these two disparate issues plaguing our society.
Trailer: The Forest (Hindi/English, 2012)
The incongruent relation between Nandana Sen as Radha and Ankur Vikal as Pritam has turned their marriage into a powder keg. Taking recourse in the secluded forest away from the hustle bustle of the daily life, the couple hoped to rekindle their lost passion.
But childlessness has already created an unbridgeable gap between them. On top of that, Radha encounters her long lost friend and lover Abhishek (played by Javed Jeffrey) who is working as a forest cop and is a widower. Thus, with the entrance of a third person, the triad becomes more involved into the complicacies of life revealing their untamed and fierce sides.
At the same time the forest is dealing with the problem of a man-eater big cat who is on a prowl after being injured by a poacher. The leopard preys on vulnerable human beings because of the diminution of the forest resources while we prey on the forest for our selfish desire to extract maximum benefits from the environment without a second thought of paying back.
The movie contains some remarkable scenes, especially whenever the characters portray their fears of being attacked or consumed by the man-eater. Some of the scenes, like the one where the leopard preyed on a young village boy, send chills down your spine, especially due to the way the scene has been shot.
Javed Jeffrey was a respite in the otherwise loose pace of the story. Nandana Sen acts fine but she has been roped in the movie to entertain the audience with her glamor quotient. The other actors were able to put across a decent job. The German cameraman Markus Hursch has beautifully captured the pristine and yet the wild side of the forest. The director and the cameraman have worked earlier in movies like Road to Ladakh and later, The Little Terrorist.
The film is by no means a letdown given its limited publicity and small number of prints. The implicit message about the need to safeguard human race and ourselves in order to work competently for the betterment of the nature is somewhat vaguely put across in the movie. The deception, malice and hostility depicted in the marital relationship of the two protagonists might have audiences sympathize with them.