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It’s A Wonderful Afterlife – Movie Review

May 8, 2010

This is where I talk about “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife”. Director – Gurinder Chadha. Starring – Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Screenshot of the movie

Screenshot of the movie

With more than one and a half million presence in United Kingdom, Indians form the largest minority. Gurinder Chadha in her movies have made very clear of her intentions to speak of that. It’s a … clearly caters to the Indian population living abroad. The script although is universal. A mother trying to marry off her a-little-heavy daughter is a simple yet endearing theme for every mother who has a daughter. I went to watch this movie with my Mom and found myself at the best seat to see how a mother sees her trauma being reflected on the big screen.

The story, is about a sikh family constituting a mother who loves cooking, her daughter who loves to fight for her fellow Indian’s rights and her brother who loves playing pranks on his mother and RJing with his Jew friend when not playing the fool. The film traces the story of how the mother goes to non-legal lengths to find her daughter a suitable match. She kills using weird means if that person rejects her daughter. Finally a police officer who is an old family friend comes within the mother’s radar and falls for the daughter while investigating the case of the weird murders.

The script concentrates too much on the mother and the ghosts of the murdered. There are some funny scenes like the tikka masala fountaining out of Sanjeev Bhaskar’s stomach, the engagement witchcraft etc, but nothing memorable enough. For me the funniest part was the song and dance routine by the crew members of the film during the end credits. I actually love those last bits and it retains a nice taste of a masala movie by Gurinder Chadha. But the film, I admit was weak.

The actors’ performances, although, were apt and good. Notable was Goldy Notay, the daughter and off course Shabana Azmi. I personally found Sendhil Ramamurthy charming and he was the reason why I wanted badly to see this movie. I follow Heroes because of him! His accent is just so amazing! Sanjeev Bhaskar was overweight and I expected more from his character. Jill Hawkins, the actress playing the daughter’s Indianized British best friend, gave a creepy performance which was apt for her characterisation.

So, the verdict is not that great, but I will not be trashing this movie. Gurinder Chadha has her flavour in place. Although not a path breaking “Bend It Like Bekham”, but “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife is a fine watch.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jason Logan permalink
    January 15, 2012 3:38 PM

    do you know whats the song name when they played the credit?

    • Pallavi SenGupta permalink*
      March 11, 2012 8:52 AM

      I think it was Cactus

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