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Movie Review: Unpaused

December 18th, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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Movie: Unpaused
Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Saiyami, Richa, Sumeet Vyas, Abhishek Banerjee, Geetika, Ratna, Lillete Dubey, Rinku, Ishwak
Writer: Devika Bhagat (Story & Screenplay),
Director: Raj & DK, Nikhhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun, Nitya Mehra
Our rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a half stars)
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXGfGV2v6GE

Unpaused is a story that is about bonds and revolves around your heart, some are deep connections and some are hurtful. The acting/scene quota throughout the film is too high!

Running just a little under two hours, this covers five different stories with the backdrop of coronavirus and lockdown. All these people are not connected, but audience can relate to many. It is also how we’ve been dealing with things in the past ten months. Ahan (Gulshan Devaiah) & Ayesha’s (Saiyami Kher) story ‘Glitch’ is set in the future in which ‘viruses are the new terrorists’. Despite Ahan being Awasthi and Ayesha being Hussain, it’s not the religious difference they’re dealing with. Ahan is paranoid, Ayesha is a warrior who is a scientist working on the vaccine and this story is between their glitchy meet.

Second story ‘Apartment’ resides the story of a hotshot couple of Devika & his #MeToo accused husband Sahil (Sumeet Vyas). They run a magazine together & all these accusations on Sahil push her into the dark well of self-blame as she attempts to end her life. But, nature has something else in plan for her. Archana (Lillete Dubey) and Priyanka’s (Rinku Rajguru) ‘Rat-A-Tat’ is a solid conversation between two very contrasting people. While Archana is dealing with the final phase of her life with all the experience, Priyanka is just starting as a production designer.

Manish (Abishek Banerjee) and Seema (Geetika Vidya Ohlyan) are a migrant family in ‘Vishaanu’ staying at their boss’ plush Mumbai flat without anyone’s knowledge. With the hope of not getting caught, they seek the resumption of railways so they can return to where they’re from. Last story ‘Chand Mubarak’ is about the bonding between a middle-aged woman Uma (Ratna Pathak Shah) and an auto-rickshaw driver Rafique (Shardul Bharadwaj). Both of the characters work to fill each other’s vacant emotional gaps.

This also follows the tried and tested formula of anthologies in India but comes the closest to perfection. From an optimum usage of the backdrop of coronavirus in every story to building every character within a limited scope of time, this is a team effort. Every story complements other, and the way they’ve been placed is ingenious. The first story, you’re given all this ‘futuristic vibes’ which offers you hope that would be the case in future stories too. But, then to surprise you, the makers drop a story tackling today’s harsh reality (#MeToo & suicide) with a similar setting but current time. Gulshan Devaiah chooses yet another character and plays it so well we can’t even imagine anyone else touching that. Lillete Dubey manages to spread joy with her presence. Ratna Pathak Shah plays a lonely Maya Sarabhai in the film.

Unpaused allows audience to take out a couple of hours and engage. These phenomenal performances is worthy more as a whole package.

Unpaused releases on 18 December, 2020.

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