Good Night, Good Morning
Cast: Manu Narayan, Seema Rahmani, Vasanth Santosh, Raja Sen
Director: Sudhish Kamat
Stars: *** (Out of 5)
An independent film comes with many constraints, financial being the chief one. But thankfully they also come with a lot of creative liberty and freedom.
A movie boldly shot in black and white, Good Night, Good Morning is about a scintillating night spent between a young man, Turia (Manu Narayanan) and Moira (Seema Rahmani), not with each other but talking on the phone to each other. Turia, along with his friends JC and Husain spots Moira in a hotel bar and having noticed her room number in the hotel, decides to call her. What follows is a long conversation between the two strangers and by morning they end up revealing a lot more to each other and to themselves.
Outwardly drastically different people, Turia is the softie who believes in unconditional love while Moira has hardcore practical views about relationships. But as the night unravels, the two realise a lot many things common about them, including the ideas of love and the emotional baggage that is holding them back. 'Clear your inbox' must be one of the best metaphors used in modern times for getting rid of the pain and hurt of past relationships. There are many such gems, making it a really well written film. Both the lead actors have easy camera presence.
This brave film takes yet another risk and is filmed in black and white. While other movies get into black and white while in flashback mode, this one interestingly has flashes of colour when Moira revisits her nightmare.
However, there are bits and parts of this film, especially ones where Moira talks about her painful past, which seemed long drawn and interfering with the flow of the otherwise flawless conversation.
I am one of those who think a stimulating conversation can be as wonderful as physical intimacy. If you agree, this film is targeted at you. Watch it because it is a smart film.
Also, we need to encourage independent cinema to make sure that creative freedom continues to abound.