Managing to find warmth in the fast-paced life of Mumbai is often a cumbersome feat. But, Aisa Yeh Jahaan presents you with the story of a young Assamese couple who overcome the perils of Mumbai’s metropolitan culture and revives love, familial bond and companionship that was fast eroding from their lives. As the story shifts between its central characters Rajib and Ananya, they are depicted as young parents who are reeling under the staple pressures of raising a child in a big city and paying multiple loans to in order to support themselves too. Rajib has on his platter the pressing needs of his overambitious wife, whose materialistic demands are difficult for him to fulfill.
Director Biswajeet Bora’s characters are largely uni-dimensional, restricting themselves to just being black and white. The film’s narrative is inclined towards the beauty of India’s villages and small towns, but takes up a cliched method of slamming big cities like Mumbai to establish this dichotomy. Thus, Bora’s judgment of the small-town-versus-big-city view lacks balance and that comes through in the film.
The movie has its heartfelt peaks but suffers from inconsistent writing. It toys with too many ideas – there is the impact of modernization on families, the monetary compulsions on city parents, bias towards people from North-East India, parents pushing their young kids into glamour for big bucks and mostly the pivotal idea of loving nature. Despite so much heart in it, it’s the lack of coherence that makes the film feel half-baked.
Both Palash and Ira play their characters to the tee, with utmost earnestness. The child artistes Prisha Dabas and Kymsleen Kholie play their parts wonderfully too. However, Bora’s plot is weakly brewed, often sloppily written and mostly lacks impact. The film will touch you surely, but the overall effect doesn’t suffice as anything much to write home about.
STORY: A young Assamese couple – Rajib (Dr Palash Sen) and Ananya (Ira Dubey) revive their love and seek to rectify their fast-growing detachment from family, their cultural roots and nature.