TRISHNA

A Very Ugly Look at India

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Release Date: July 13, 2012

Starring: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed,
Anurag Kashyap, Roshan Seth,
Meeta Vasisht, Harish Khanna

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 117 minutes

Distributor: IFC Films

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Executive Producer: Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Shail
Shah

Producer: Sunil Bohra, Melissa Parmeter,
Michael Winterbottom

Writer: Michael Winterbottom

Address Comments To:

Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO, AMC Networks, Inc. (Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 324-8500
Website: www.amcnetworks.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, C, PCPC, AcapAcap, L, VV, SSS, NN, A, DD, MM) A predominantly pagan worldview with a seemingly out of place recital of the Lord’s Prayer at the end, plus a politically correct attack on wealth as the villain comes from a wealthy family; two obscenities and no profanities, vomiting by pregnant girl; strong violence includes an abortion scene, a murder, and a suicide; increasingly lewd sex scenes as the male observes an old book about sexual positions and forces his partner to accommodate him; partial nudity in sex scenes with discrete camera angles and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking and drug use; and, strong class discrimination, revenge, moral relativism, horrible role models, abortion, and family willing to accept bad behavior to keep money coming.

Summary:

TRISHNA is an absolutely depressing look at the life of a beautiful, poor girl in India being abused by a wealthy member of society. Rather than being entertainment, TRISHNA is a vivid, but depressing and unacceptable, tragedy about the horrors of emotional sex slavery.

Review:

TRISHNA is an absolutely depressing look at the life of a beautiful, poor girl in India being abused by a wealthy member of society. Rather than being entertainment, TRISHNA is a vivid exposé of the horrors of emotional sex slavery.

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.

In Brief:

TRISHNA is a depressing look at the life of a beautiful poor girl in India being abused by a wealthy man. Trishna, a decent, hard working 19-year-old, is injured when her father falls asleep at the wheel of his Jeep. Her father suffers even worse injuries. This causes financial disaster for her family. A wealthy young man spots Trishna and offers her a good job at his father’s hotel. At first, she’s well treated as an employee. However, as the story progresses, her benefactor begins to take advantage of her. He starts treating her more like his sex slave. 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. TRISHNA is an unrelenting tragedy with obnoxious music. The music makes the experience even more unbearable. Media-wise viewers will want to avoid TRISHNA.