Genre: Family, Drama
Duration: 120 minutes
India Release Date: 20-APR-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5
When on the run from the cops , Amir finds his estranged sister Tara, who in a bid to protect her brother lands up in jail. Their entire lives have been clouded by despair as unexpectedly the light shines on them from Beyond the Clouds.
Beyond The Clouds is a grown-up version of 1997 film: Children of Heaven set in Mumbai. Both films are directed by OSCAR nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi. The film story is centered around two central characters viz: Brother (Ishaan Khatter) who lives on the wrong side of the law and his sister (Malavika Mohanan) who finds herself imprisoned for attempted murder after she defends herself from a sexual assault. Further it focuses on the siblings’ bond: Human Relationships in general. Majid Majidi is one of those filmmaker who is inspired by the genius of Satyajit Ray and it is quite visible in his fondness towards his latest Indian Cinema. With Beyond The Clouds, Majidi seems to be in tough competition with Danny Boyle who celebrated the essence of Bollywood with his masterpiece: Slumdog Millionaire. The pitch perfect casting serves as the apt vehicle to convey the vision of Majidi. Debutant Ishaan Khatter has charismatic swag that demands attention and is bound to make his place in hearts of cinegoers in future beyond doubt. Malayalam actress Malavika Mohanan in his bollywood debut is intense, powerful and solid as the sister Tara. Tannishtha Chatterjee has limited appearance and is natural. Beyond The Clouds is technically masterly crafted piece of art. Attractively lensed by Anil Mehta, the ace Indian cinematographer, and filled with perceptive moments, film is an arresting visual experience. A. R. Rahman score adds momentum but lacks the take home quality. The climax set against the backdrop of the festival of Holi encapsulate the film’s vivid energy. Leaving few weak points in the area of screenplay, Beyond The Clouds is a must watch (as grown up version of Children of Heaven).
“Cinema is a Magical Medium that has the POWER to Unite” – Majid Majidi’s film is a pioneering effort to put an Indian story on the global map by virtue of its universal theme centered around hope and relationships that go beyond the bounds of blood. This film may possibly serve as a master class for an aspiring filmmaker in a lot of ways. Beyond The Clouds is indeed visually striking and surprisingly energetic.
Ratings: 3.75 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5