Opening in theatres from director/writer Michael Winterbottom comes the story of a tragic life of TRISHNA.
This film tells the story of Trishna (Freida Pinto), a young girl living in Rajasthan with her family who all work hard to take care of one another. At one of her jobs she meets Jay (Riz Ahmed), a wealthy young businessman who works for his father’s hotel business.
Helping her father with his work they are both in a truck accident leaving Trishna’s father without a truck and without work. Jay finds out and offers Trishna work at his father’s hotel. While at the hotel the couple fall in love but there is a cultural difference that cannot be denied. Jay uses Trisha’s naiveté to break her heart.
Trishna is torn between her home life and culture and the changes that have occurred in a world she never knew existed.
FINAL WORD: Pinto is such a lovely actress. She has proven herself with SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, MIRAL and IMMORTALS. Pinto takes the role of a girl who is well aware of her status and although tries to shed it, cannot.
Ahmed as Jay manages to make everyone dislike him immensely, which is the point. That being said his charm works and his true colors come out quickly and completely. This versatile actor has shown he has the ability to do a serious piece as I truly enjoyed his work in FOUR LIONS.
The film was an Official Selection at the Toronto Film, Tribeca and San Francisco Film Festivals. Also, nominations from the London Film Festival for Best Film and the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Other cast include: Roshan Seth as Jay’s father, Neet Mohan as Sandeep, Harish Khanna as Vijay, Aakash Dahiya as Avit, Meeta Vashisht as Trisha’s mother, Anurag Kashyap, and Kalki Koechlin.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRISHNA three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is an interesting interpretation of the story surrounded by a beautiful country and an intense people. Pinto brings the character of Trishna to life but all through what she doesn’t say as opposed to what she does.
There are scenes that seem to be lengthy for no reason, which loses me for a moment or two but its not enough to not be seen. Based on the Thomas Hardy classic novel TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES it is a sad, emotional and intense look at love, culture and society.
In the end – sometimes love is a tragedy.