Written by Manisha Lakhe on December 10, 2017
It’s In Assamese. But The Message Is Universal
We Hide Everything. ‘Take Her Inside!’, ‘What If People Get To Know?’
Jahnu Barua shows us a side of ourselves we do not wish to acknowledge. And the brilliant Seema Biswas is so perfect for the role, it made me watch again because the first time I watched it I could not see most of the film because I was bawling.
Now that’s something because most films numb you to any sort of feeling. The romances are trash, the action is on wire, the story a single liner, the humor is plain forgettable and central conflict? What conflict?
So back to This Gusty Morning. I don’t buy that title. Am disconnected. Maybe there is a Assamese language metaphor or story that I’m missing here…
The beginning intrigues. Why is this man erasing markings on what is clearly answer sheets of an exam.
The lighting, the setting is brilliant. Even the window clattering against the frame tells us that something is about to happen.
The father-daughter conversation about not everyone is alike made me pause the film and call my dad just to see how he was. He asked what film I was watching now that I had called ‘just like that’. Dads are smart. I waffled, and came back to the third watch of the film, determined that I would watch it without bawling as if tears were going out of style.
The Daughter Who Is Battling Demons Herself
How does a young woman who has an unwell mother and an older father fall in love and hope to get married? The young woman is a wonderful actor. Understated to boot. No nonsense like Hindi film heroines who need a soft focus lens on them at all times.
How many actors of today can do justice as this young girl has? I have not been able to think of one.
The Film Is Brilliant
I don’t think star rating will do this film any justice. Just watch it. The lumps in your throat should make you realise how much can be said in a short film.