A Very Ugly Look at India
Release Date: July 13, 2012
Starring: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed,
Anurag Kashyap, Roshan Seth,
Meeta Vasisht, Harish Khanna
Runtime: 117 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Executive Producer: Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Shail
Producer: Sunil Bohra, Melissa Parmeter,
Writer: Michael Winterbottom
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The movie opens with Trishna, a decent, hard working 19-year-old being injured when her father falls asleep at the wheel of his Jeep carrying produce. Her father suffers even worse injuries, as well the loss of the Jeep he still owes money on. This causes financial disaster for Trishna’s family.
One day, a wealthy young man named Jay spots Trishna. He offers her a good paying job at his father’s hotel many miles away. She takes it to save the family.
At first, Jay behaves as a noble benefactor. He even offers to get Trishna into hotel management classes. When she attends the wedding of a classmate, Trishna leaves the wedding party alone and almost falls prey to some men on the street. Jay rescues her, only to seduce her when they return to the hotel.
Feeling violated, Trishna returns home the next day, only to learn she’s pregnant. The family can’t make it without the money she was sending. Her father gets her to have an abortion, and she’s sent off to her uncle’s place to work in a factory.
Jay finds Trishna and convinces her to come live with him in Bombay. She gives up the grueling factory work and goes with him. They live like a couple in the nicest living accommodations she’s ever experienced and she becomes friends with people making movies. Jay’s father becomes ill in London. He leaves to see him. While he’s gone, Trishna’s evicted from the apartment and again reduced to poverty.
Jay returns and apologizes about the apartment but says he must return to managing one of the family’s hotels. He tells Trishna they can’t live together there. However, she can work at the hotel, and they can continue their sexual relationship whenever she brings his food. This degrades into a very ugly and pornographic situation where Jay treats Trishna more like a sex slave than a partner. Tragedy ensues.
Many Hollywood movies make America look like a place you wouldn’t want to live. Watch TRISHNA, and you’ll never want to even visit India. The picture it paints of life in India is wretched. The movie contains drugs, smoking, explicit fornication, partial nudity, abortion, murder, and suicide. Ironically, at the end, some school children recite the Lord’s Prayer before going into a sort of pledge to India. Whatever the purpose of this scene, the movie itself isn’t redemptive. It’s pure, unrelenting tragedy with obnoxious music to make the experience even more unbearable.
Many Hollywood movies make America look like a place you wouldn’t want to live. Watch TRISHNA, and you’ll never want to even visit India. The picture it paints of life in India is wretched. The movie contains drugs, smoking, explicit fornication, partial nudity, abortion, murder, and suicide. TRISHNA is an unrelenting tragedy with obnoxious music. The music makes the experience even more unbearable. Media-wise viewers will want to avoid TRISHNA.