Star cast: Sandhya Mridul, Amir Bashir, Koel Purie.
Plot: Sandhya and Amir, are married but not happy. They go to a valley to rediscover love. Koel Purie is Amir’s ex.
What’s Good: Performances of Sandhya and Amir.
What’s Bad: The dull screenplay, at times, childish as ever; the philosophical spiel.
Verdict: There’s nothing even average about The Great Indian Butterfly, leave alone great! Disaster.
Loo break: Anytime after interval.
Next Gen Films, White Feather Arthouse Films and Fundamental Films’ The Great Indian Butterfly (A) is the story of a married couple.
Meera (Sandhya Mridul) and Krish (Amir Bashir) are not a happily-married couple. They take a break from work and are on their way to Goa on a holiday where they want to check out a valley and see an elusive legendary butterfly there.
The couple is constantly bickering. Meera is bogged down by work pressures. To add to it, she is informed that she has lost out to her junior in the rat race at work.
Meera is aware that before marrying her, Krish was in a live-in relationship with Liza (Koel Purie). While in Goa, Meera and Krish rediscover love. Just when things seem to be working out for the couple, Meera realises that all is not over between Krish and Liza although Krish had been claiming so. She learns that they are still in touch with each other. Obviously, all hell breaks loose when Meera sees red, and she, therefore, leaves Krish. Does Krish unite with Liza or Meera? Do Krish and Meera get to see the butterfly which is said to bring happiness, luck, money, etc. to whoever can catch it? Answers to these questions are given in the climax.
There is hardly any novelty in Sarthak Dasgupta’s basic story about love, suspicion, infidelity etc. The screenplay (Sarthak Dasgupta), too, is boring and often childish. The film moves on a single track, that too, with just two main characters and three-four other characters, which makes it monotonous. The philosophical part in the climax makes the drama highly class-appealing.
Sandhya Mridul is as natural as can be. Her facial expressions are very realistic. Amir Bashir acts well. Koel Purie is average in a small role. Shibani Kashyap (in an item number) impresses. Barry John, as the philosophical anchor, is so-so. The character he plays is uninteresting.
The director (Sarthak Dasgupta) has failed to make the film a lively fare. The proceedings are quite dull and slow. Had he made the drama more all-encompassing, the film would’ve turned out to be better. Music (Shibani Kashyap, Deepak Pandit, Gourav Dasgupta and Vivek Philip) is ordinary. The film, inEnglish, has a couple of songs in Hindi. Cinematography (Shankar Raman) is nice. Production values are ordinary. Technically, okay.
On the whole, The Great Indian Butterfly is an elitist fare. Being in English, its appeal will be even more limited. At the box-office, it will go almost unnoticed due to the above reasons and also because of its non-saleable star cast.