Tribhanga - movie review


Tribhang is the story of three generations of women. Nayan, is a very talented writer. She has a great love for writing, which sometimes takes precedence over family. She has won many prestigious awards but she did not get the love or approval of her mother-in-law at home. Because she does not accept that there is such a thing as being a writer and writing. Nayan, however, is so passionate about writing, that she is not conscious of anything while writing. 

Things such as grumbling, squabbling and cat fights become a daily routine in the family. Finally Nayan chooses writing over the house and leaves home with her two children. While watching the film, one can see and feel the clear thinking and strong vision of the lady.

Nayan leaves home for her dream and passion, but she doesn't realize the psychological damage it causes to her children. As she has an independent persona Nayan marries for the second time. Unfortunately, her second husband sexually abuses Anuradha, her daughter, which Nayan does not notice. Because such people always have two faces. 

Teenaged Anu tries to commit suicide due to sexual abuse and mental pressure from the society as her mother has left home and started another marriage. And that's when Nayan realizes something is wrong. She tries to mend everything but an unbridgeable chasm between both.

 Anu becomes very rebellious. She later becomes an accomplished actress and dancer. She hates her own mother, even calling her Nayan because she strongly believes that Nayan's decisions ruined Anu's childhood. 

Anuradha falls in love with a Russian man and Masha is born. But before her birth, Anu and Demitri get separated because he goes on a drinking spree and beats Anu etc. The relationship is based on a different assumption. In one such fight, Anu beats Dimitri for protecting her unborn child. After feeling lonely at that particular moment, Anu's anguished cry is heart touching. 

A person takes decisions of his life based on past experience. Anu has paid a heavy price for my mother's strong will or passion . She thinks that my mother fell short of protecting me . So Anu is adamant that she will not make the same mistake. 

While raising Masha, she unknowingly shows her rebellious personality while juggling between single motherhood and professional career as an actor and dancer. The way Anu stands behind Masha at her wedding meeting, one can surely say that she is a good mother . Anu, who learned Odissi dance after the birth of a daughter and made dance to her life's goal, does not marry. But she is open-minded, openly admitting to having many boyfriends, even when discussing Masha's marriage.

Then Masha comes into view. A completely different woman than Nayan and Anu. Nayan and Anu prioritized their careers rather than marriage. On the contrary Masha is not career oriented. She wants a family, which she never got with her father or mother. So, after getting married, she became the daughter-in-law of a joint family. Where daughters in law are supposed to have pallu on their head, always. But Masha is happy. Masha is pregnant and while talking to her mother-in-law, Anu suddenly realizes that Masha has done fetal diagnosis. Annoyed, Anu asks Masha for answers and is shaken inside after hearing her answer. 

Masha says, yes I live with such a  family where such things happen. But here at least my baby will get a family, bonding and love which I never got. The society always treated me as a basterd child. At least my baby will not have to bear that burden.

  After her encounter with Masha , Anu realizes that she too has unknowingly behaved exactly like Nayan. Like Nayan, she has also taken the decisions of the girl's life without considering her opinions.  Or we can say that while making decisions about one's own life, one does not think about the effect it will have on the children's life, future or mind, whether it is Nayan's decision to remarry or Anu's decision not to marry.

Currently Nayan is in a coma. The movie is revealed from the conversations between Anuradha, her brother, Masha and a writer who is helping Nayan in writing her autobiography. (She is suffering from a disease in which she can't hold anything in hand) In fact, Nayan wants her children to express themselves in her autobiography. She regrets that she imposed her decisions on them. But what is the use of this remorse?

There are a few more characters in the film but the film revolves around these three main characters. 

The women in this film get what they want but at a cost. Nayan had to leave the family and  Anu with not being able to have family. But why should this happen? Why can't both goals and family be achieved? Why do women have to compromise? At the back of the mind a thought came, if Nayan's mother-in-law had accepted her being a writer or if the husband had supported the wife  in the argument between wife and mother.....

There is a mention in the movie that Tribhang is basically an Odissi dance posture which is very difficult to achieve. Tribhang means crooked or quirky maybe... 

While watching many scenes in the movie, I was reminded of Protima Bedi. Recently read her autobiography'. The episodes that show Anuradha's rebellious personality in this movie are reminiscent of that autobiography. In fact, both Nayan and Anuradha have similar personalities as Protima. But the photo of Nayantara, Anuradha and Masha at the end of the movie is really great.

I really loved it, three generations, three thoughts together...

In short, this story of three generations is definitely worth watching.

This movie is available on Netflix.

#Netflix #Tribhang #Kajol #movie review #Mithila Palkar #Vaibhav Tatwavadi 

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