The Great Indian Kitchen Review
When the first look of this film was unveiled, it eventually great an impression of a happily wed couple embarking on their journey together to explore and unleash their interests to savour the tastebud, maybe a restaurant together. With the trailer, it was pretty evident that it’s going to be a non-glamorous kitchen and housewife (so-called advertisements often project women like a princess or queen in the luxurious modular kitchens).
While watching this 90-minute movie, there are few places where you tend to see the shots of the housewife (Nimisha Sajayan) cleaning the vessel cleaning sink, the husband and father-in-law throwing away the chewed junk on the table leaving it for the women in the house to clear it. Although they look repeated, it does give a blow in mind to every men and boy about the reflections of their moms, spouses and sisters going through similar situations in homes. So, whenever we get irritated with the shots repeated now and then, it does throws the piece of enlightenment within to relook on the situations in our places.
Hats off to Suraj for taking up a role that might even earn him the wrath of audiences, but he has done great justice to the character. Nimisha is spellbinding with her performance. While we come across the voguish transformations of women in the urban backdrops, there are still the ones, who are no different from the prisoners of solitary confinement during the time of their monthly periods. The innocent girl (Nimisha) here doesn’t get the freedom to sniff the basil leaves during this phase as her father-in-law labels it as a sin and the extremeness of cruelty is sharing a Facebook video that creates wrath within her community. On the flip side, the writing could have been little effective as most of the scenes give an impression of montages, which are usually used in short film mediums. Or else, everything is perfect in the movie.
On the whole, The Great Indian Kitchen brings out a strong throw of domestic cruelty upon the women (Cruelty here isn’t about verbal or physical violence, but it happens in the name of religious traditions and myth that women are bound to be labors in-home).