Article 370 Review: Yami Gautam, Priyamani Get Left Behind As Politicians Walk Away With Most Seeti-Maar Dialogues!

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Article 370 Review: Yami Gautam, Priyamani Get Left Behind As Politicians Walk Away With Most Seeti-Maar Dialogues!
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Article 370 is a political drama that takes the audience through the intricacies that happened during the time. Most people are still unaware or wrongly aware of the things that happened when Article 370 was abrogated. Considering that, Aditya Jambhale has done a great job when it comes to the direction of the movie.

Storyline

Breaking down the movie, Article 370 sheds light on the covert decision-making process behind the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, transforming it into a Union Territory. The film revolves around key characters, including a Kashmiri intelligence agent played by Yami Gautam and a diplomat from the PMO Office portrayed by Priyamani, as they navigate the intricate political landscape and security challenges before, during and after the decision. It explores historical events such as the rise of terrorist figures, antisocial elements and the subsequent security operations, providing a gripping narrative of patriotism and resilience in the face of adversity.

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Screenplay

Article 370 features a compelling screenplay that balances historical accuracy with dramatic tension, ensuring that the narrative remains engaging and informative. The dialogues are crisp and evocative, driving the plot forward while offering insights into the characters’ motivations and ideologies. The film’s runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes occasionally felt excessive, particularly in certain extended political scenes. The pacing in the first half was slow, bordering on overcooked, despite being informative and well-researched. However, the second half was a swift and thrilling ride, punctuated by moments of intense emotion.

 

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Cinematography

From the intense action sequences to the quieter moments of reflection, the cinematography in Article 370 truly shines. The depiction of the political landscape adds depth and richness to the film, giving it a distinct character. Importantly, the action scenes strike a perfect balance, never overshadowing the film’s broader themes. Article 370 beautifully captures the essence of the Kashmir Valley, blending its stunning landscapes with the tension of its troubled history. The cinematography pulls viewers into the narrative, enhancing its emotional impact and visual appeal.

Performances

Yami Gautam delivers a commendable performance as Zooni Haksar, showcasing dedication and reaping deserving rewards, while Priyamani embodies the role of Rajeshwari Swaminathan convincingly. Yami excels in her role as a Kashmiri Intelligence Agent, delivering powerful performances in both action-packed sequences as well as intense monologues. Priyamani shines as she skillfully portrays the political dynamics within the film. Vaibhav Tatwawadi, Kiran Karmarkar, Raj Zutshi, and Sumit Kaul, along with others, excel in their roles delivering noteworthy performances.

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What impressed me most about the movie was its thorough research and accurate portrayal of historical events. Of course, the film adds fictional instances to add drama to the screenplay which is perfectly blended with facts that were presented skillfully. The movie effectively balances the sequences of political turmoil with the ground realities, offering a nuanced perspective on the situation. The sound and visuals of the film were exceptional, providing an immersive experience for the viewers. The background score in the action sequences added to the overall impact.

 

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Verdict: Yami Gautam, Priyamani’s Film Romances Politics

Article 370 presents a thoroughly detailed narrative on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale. The screenplay effectively blends historical accuracy with dramatic tension, although the film’s lengthy runtime may feel excessive at times. The cinematography shines, capturing the beauty of the Kashmir Valley and enhancing the emotional impact of the narrative.

 

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Strong performances from actors like Yami Gautam and Priyamani add depth to the characters, supported by a talented ensemble cast. Aditya Dhar made it clear that the film aimed to empower women (his words, not mine), with Yami Gautam and Priyamani at its heart. However, it seemed like the script got too tangled up in politics rather than focusing on their stories. While Yami Gautam and Priymani’s characters play an important role in the abrogation of Article 370 in the movie, in the end, it’s the politicians who shine rather than the actresses who are supposed to be the heroes of the film.

 

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There’s no doubt that the lead actresses had some hard-hitting dialogues and important roles to play, their role in the film was diluted by the politics of the Kashmir matter. Particularly, the scenes in the Rajya Sabha felt overly politicized, and I couldn’t help but wish for more moments with Priyamani. At the end of the day, it’s the funny and hard-hitting dialogues delivered by the politicians that trigger desh bhakti. The timing of the film doesn’t help either. The lack of weightage given to the lead actresses weakened the film in the second half as the script romances politics while reminding us that a politician delivered on his promise 30 years later.

Overall, while the script had its strengths, it sometimes lost sight of its central message amidst the lengthy political sequences. It’s important to strike a balance between storytelling and conveying a powerful message without getting bogged down in political intricacies.

Article 370 is currently in theatres.

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