AS RIGHT AS RAIN
Two estranged siblings in Mumbai face dire circumstances after their lives change when one of them lands up in jail.
Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi captures your attention with a stunning opening shot that draws you into his version of Mumbai. Majidi’s perspective isn’t bound by the cliché to merely highlight the city’s wretched poverty. ‘Beyond the Clouds’ looks at how challenges can bring about a ray of silver lining amidst all the darkness in people’s lives.
Majidi also induces evocative performances from actors making their Bollywood debut. Ishaan Khattar pushes himself well outside of nepotism’s comfort zone in his first acting role. Malavika Mohanan is captivating in her honest portrayal of Amir’s sister Tara. Veteran South Indian actress GV Sharada uses her impressive repertoire to bring another mesmerising performance to life. Tannishtha Chatterjee continues to solidify her status as a reliable actress in her small, yet effective role.
Anil Mehta’s cinematography is equally delightful as he breathes life into Majidi’s vision in some stunning visuals that leave a lasting impression. He presents a different look at some familiar locations in Mumbai while highlighting some new ones. Majidi’s subject matter might seem to be repetitive, but the famed director’s take on redemption is fleshed out by strong performances to make ‘Beyond the Clouds’ another notable entry in his filmography.
Times Of India – 3.5/5.0
Deccan Herald – 3.0/5.0