Friday, May 14, 2021
Home Entertainment Chaitanya Tamhane’s Film, "The Disciple" Hits The Notes Of Excellence

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Film, “The Disciple” Hits The Notes Of Excellence

"The Disciple" celebrates the craft of filmmaking as few films do. It is a harmony of cinematic excellence in every department

Chaitanya Tamhane’s new film intricately weaves diverse threads. It talks of the state of Hindustani Classical music and its ‘Guru-Shishya parampara’. There is an adequate reference to the blatant commercializing of music, as well as how myths are created around icons in the world of art. Importantly, in a sublime final scene, the film leaves a lingering question. What really is the mark of purity in art — does it lie in rigorous learning, or is it about a simplistic rendition that communicates to all with sincerity?

Tamhane’s new film, which boasts of Oscar-winner Afonso Cuaronl as an executive producer, is exceptional for the way it reiterates the value of the musical as a cinematic genre. Richly laced with remarkable classical recitals, the narrative uses its music quotient to do more than merely move the story forward. Here, music is a character in the plot.

Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn to know what’s happening around the world.

“The Disciple” marks Tamhane’s return to direction after his globally acclaimed 2014 debut directorial feature “Court”. While his new film has a similar nuanced portrayal of characters and a keen introspection of reality, the varied plot lends to a different approach in storytelling. “Court” unfolded as caustic satire, using an unflinching gaze at judiciary and caste discrimination. While the film conveyed quiet anger over societal imbalance and corruption in the system, Tamhane’s new effort looks within, into the protagonist’s psyche in search of angst. “The Disciple” is a difficult coming-of-age saga, tracing a journey from youth to resignation, and encompassing elements of doubt and confusion in its wake.

The right casting accounts for a big part of the authenticity. Twitter

Tamhane’s triumph here is not just about brilliant writing and execution. A large part of the authenticity is because of the perfect casting. The protagonist Sharad Nerulkar is essayed by Aditya Modak, a trained classical singer. As Sharad’s guru Pandit Vinayak Pradhan, Tamhane casts Arun Dravid, a classical exponent, and Kishori Amonkar’s disciple.

The film traces Sharad’s story through three phases of his life. The narrative begins in his twenties, and shifts time frames between his past as a child, with a focus on his father who was also a classical singer. There is also Sharad of the late thirties and beyond.

Sharad of the mid-twenties is devoted to his pursuit of excellence. He fails to win at a classical music competition somewhere around the start of the story and accepts with fact betraying no sadness. It is a temperament he maintains through much of what unfolds. Sharad’s anguish is more private — he is racked by a streak of self-doubt that, among other things, often hampers his ability to perform on stage. Much later, he is plagued by a sense of confusion and disillusionment when he realizes certain truths about ideals.

ALSO READ: Ranikhet Express: Role Of Fate In A Love Story

An important aspect of the story is Sharad’s relationship with his guru, Pandit Vinayak. Sharad worships Vinayak who, in turn, was a disciple of his mother, or Maai. We never see Maai in the narrative, but Sharad’s silent deifying of his mother is conveyed in the narrative by the way he values the audiotapes she left behind, of lectures on music and the musician’s code (voiced impressively by Sumitra Bhave).

“The Disciple” celebrates the craft of filmmaking as few films do. It is a harmony of cinematic excellence in every department. Tamhane’s vision as a writer, director, and editor is brought to life by the entire cast, and also gets exquisite expression in the cinematography of Michal Sobocinski and the efforts of the music team, led by Aneesh Pradhan and Naren Chandavarkar. The film demands your interest if you truly value the aesthetics of cinema. (IANS/KB)



Most Popular

Rani Abbakka: The First Woman Freedom Fighter Of India

By- Khushi Bisht Rani Abbakka who is also known as Abbakka Mahadevi was the first queen of Ullal. Known for her unwavering bravery, she was...

5 Tips For Getting Through A Long-Haul Flight

By Carol Trehearn A holiday in the sun! Travel and fun have been in limited supply during the past year, so it’s understandable that many...

The Most Stylish Hollywood Mother Of The Bride Dresses

By John Miller Mothers of the bride have always held great importance in the wedding. She is always by the side of the bride, and...

Is Dental Checkup In Pandemic Safe?

Want to go for a dental checkup but afraid due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic? Take heart, according to a small study SARS-CoV-2 infection...

Here’s How A Man Turned Covid19 Crisis Into An Opportunity

Even as the Covid pandemic has battered many lives across India, some have turned this crisis into an opportunity. One such person is Farooq...

Namdhari Sect Providing Education To Slum Children

An open-air school set up by the Namdhari sect of Sikhism led by spiritual head Thakur Dalip Singh in a street of Jalandhar city...

Diets Don’t Work In The Long-term, But Lifestyle Changes Do

For decades, diet conversations globally have ranged from the simple and straightforward to elaborate and convoluted, the latter sometimes even bordering on crazy. In...

How To Choose The Right SPF

SPF known as Sun Protection Factor is an indicator of how effectively it can protect the skin from harmful sun rays. We need to...

Recent Comments