In the list of the most awaited films of 2015, M Cream has to feature on it. The movie had won the best feature film award in the Rhode Island Film Festival recently. There are many reasons why this movie might be one of the most colorful and vibrant movies of the year.
In spite of the movie being low budgeted, it serves a feast for the senses. Directed by a young and independent filmmaker, Agneya Singh, who is just out of the Film school in New York, has put his thoughts, into the movie.
The movie stars Imaad Shah and Ira Dubey. The movie focuses on the urban youth of the country. The story is about four youngsters; Figs (Imaad), Jay (Ira Dubey), Maggie (Auritra Ghosh) and Niz (Raaghav Chanana). They go on a road trip to Himachal. The movie is about the journey and the whole account of the journey. Imaad is a private poet who has a whole world inside his brain. There are beautiful verses, scattered throughout the movie, in the form of monologues.
The scenic beauty of the movie
The movie raises its head to many socio-political issues, including religion, politics, region and nativity. It also raises the concern of the present generation being passive and neutral, when we need to be Inqalabi; to fight for a good cause.
The two most captivating aspects of the movie are its Cinematography, which is surreal and dreamlike.The whole movie looks like a painting. In fact, one the dreamlike sequence is inspired by, Manet’s “Picnic in the Grass”. The movie also has a lot of metaphors which are left open to interpretation, including the ending. The second is its music. We started with electronic and plugged in music when the movie’s plot was in Delhi, then there is a transition; the movie picks the acoustic parts and becomes more folk-like, as the journey slowly moves forward.
The movie is full of wit and has a robust sense of humor. It also has instances where Figs and Jay quote poets like Rabindranath Tagore and music legends like Jimi Hendrix. One striking feature apart from the music and the cinematography is the contrast in the characters and the dialogues. There is a lot of interesting wordplay in the movie, which would entertain the logophiles.
There are a lot of layers to the movie, which one can delve into.
“The movie has many subtle takeaways and subthemes. One of the best aspects of the movie is that it tries to break stereotypes. Stereotypes, that overseas audience have about Indian Cinema. This movie presents another side of India; the side that people abroad are not aware of. People associate Bollywood to Dancing numbers, but it’s all too funny for them, because these movies are far from reality.” says Agneya.
On the portrayal of drug usage, he adds, “I have had mixed responses, with the portrayal of the youth using hallucinogens and drugs. Some people were scandalized, while others thanked me to make them aware of the thought processes and the social and psychological aspects of the current generation.
The Trip that was trippy
They have to understand, that it is real and it is happening, whether we like it or not. It’s time that we addressed it. This movie, in no way promotes the usage of drugs, but it states talis qualis” says Agneya.
The movie will be shown in theatres with an “A” certificate; hence all the things portrayed in the movie, are for adults, and have been left to a mature mind’s discretion.
The movie, with all its sub-themes, cinematography, thoughts, acting and music, deserves 4 and a half stars.