The other release this week is debutante Rakhee Sandilya’s ‘slice of young urban life’ film Ribbon which stars Sumeet Vyas and Kalki Koechlin. Told at a languid pace so at odds with today’s frenetic style of filmmaking, it is a story of a young urban couple who work at time consuming jobs while trying to find time for themselves and negotiate all the pitfalls that come from urban living.
Though Sahana, that is Kalki and Karan, played by Sumeet are in a warm loving relationship all their plans of working for four years to build their savings before having a baby, go for a toss when Kalki discovers that she is pregnant. They go back and forth debating whether they should keep the baby till Karan convinces Sahana to go ahead with the pregnancy. Sahana who is an illustrious and hard worker in a demanding corporate job works almost till she is ready to pop and when a little girl who they call Arshi is born they are over the moon.
Then reality sets in and in a scene that every young mother will identify with they try to find a nanny for Arshi as Sahana has to get back to work after three months. But another blow awaits her as she discovers that the boss has decided to not wait for her and has given away her prized job to a junior and she has been demoted. Life goes on in this chaotic manner till she is sacked and is unsuccessful in finding another job. Evidently the world has moved on without her in three months. Welcome to real life folks.
Life, as it is wont to do, keeps throwing challenges at the young couple and they struggle to cope. Without giving away the plot line, I can only say that the most serious challenge they face almost fractures their relationship.
The strength of Rakhee Sandilya’s Ribbon is her deft handling of her characters and the scenes in which they are placed though there are some scenes that don’t quite connect. Everything about the couple as they go through the good times and bad, including a slanging match, will resonate with the urban young. Because she is in no hurry to cut and go to close-ups, she allows the viewer to be part of the scene and be involved in the emotions her characters are going through. It certainly helps that both Kalki and Sumeet and the little girl who plays their daughter are at the top of their game making this 106 minute film a pleasure to watch. I would give it three point five stars.