Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi movie is a gripping drama: The Tribune India
In this Seema Pahwa’s first film, Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi, Ramprasad (Naseeruddin Shah), a music teacher dies in the opening scene, leaving his widow Savitri (Supriya Pathak Kapur) alone in their ancestral home in Lucknow. Their four sons and two daughters return with their spouses and children to mourn the death of their father.
Movie: Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi
Director: Seema Pahwa
Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya PathakKapur, Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Parambrata Chattopadhyaya, Manoj Pahwa, Vikrant Massey, Deepika Amin
As part of the death rites, they all have to live together in the house for 13 days. In no time the tears died down and family politics began. Skeletons tumble from the closet. If the sons complain, the daughters-in-law plot and bicker about the family. As loved ones flock, the chaos deepens. Almost all of the characters have an ax to grind. As if their personal resentments weren’t enough, they realize that their father owes a huge loan to a bank. The burden of “who will pay the loan” now becomes the focal point of discussions between these brothers and sisters who are anything but sad about their father’s disappearance. Soon take care of the question ‘who will keep amma’ now that she is all alone in the big house. Busy with their life and family responsibilities, the three older brothers, played by Manoj Pahwa, Ninad Kamat and Vinay Pathak, have every reason to shirk this responsibility and all the others.
The youngest played by Parambrata Chattopadhyaya is ready to shoulder his responsibilities, but his strained relationship with his wife Seema (Konkona Sen) is another complication. When Savitiri witnesses what is going on in the house, she tells her brother how lonely she feels even when the family is finally reunited.
This tragicomic film is the completely realistic portrait of a large Indian family.
Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi has a strong script and even the script is sharp, but where it is weak is the incompleteness of so many situations. Seema Pahwa has a lot to pass on and maybe she hasn’t been able to relate them. There are messages, but they are more to be perceived than to be clear.
Performance wise, this film is a top scorer with such a consummate array of actors. Even with so many characters, almost everyone makes their presence felt.