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Once Upon a Time in Bihar (2015) DM - Kranti Prakash Jha, Ajay Kumar, Aarti Puri


Rating: 1.8/5 (52 votes cast)


Two righteous Biharis believe that unlike people's perception, their state can progress if locals change their mindset. Sadly, buried under the weight of financial crisis, they find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Circumstances force them to abduct people in order to make quick money. What happens to their ideals? Though we were told that the film was simultaneously made in two languages, this looks like a Hindi dub of the original Bhojpuri film called Deswa (2011). The social drama intends to make people across the country empathize with the Bihari youth, because of the lack of opportunities in the state and the hurdles they must overcome to earn a dignified living. The idea is to tell why many end up migrating to other states and why the situation isn't changing. Rajiv Kumar (Kranti Prakash Jha) is a noble teacher, who wants to start coaching classes in order to gather sufficient money for his sister's wedding. His wish fails to fructify as the banks won't sanction his business loan. Shankar (Deepak Singh) is qualified to bag a government job but his inability to bribe the officers kills his opportunity. The two get exploited for being honest and hard-working. Disheartened and disillusioned, the two turn to abduction the supposedly common crime in Bihar. While the story is relevant, setting authentic and performances decent, the sluggish pace is sleep-inducing. Also, the second half looks like a different film in itself, with no connection to the beginning. Few of the scenes are daft. Why would three kidnappers tell their motive to the man they kidnapped! Unless it's a documentary, when a film raises a significant socio-political issue like this, one expects it to propose logical solutions as well. This one aspires to trigger a revolution by projecting its protagonists as crusaders of human rights. Sadly, all they do is preach and then commit an idiotic crime themselves, much against their own values and beliefs.

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