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'X: Past is Present' - Movie Review By 'G9 Divya Solgama' (*ing - Rajat Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Swara Bhaskar, Aditi Chengappa, Anshuman Jha, Bidita Bag, Pia Bajpai, Parno Mitra, Gabriella Schmidt)

'X: Past is Present'

Movie Review By 'G9 Divya Solgama'

'Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth..'


Director Hrihiskesh Mukherjee’s debut film ‘Musafir’ (1957) could be termed as one of the earliest films to have multiple episodic stories attached to it. Decades later this national award winning film, inspired many film makers including Ram Gopal Varma, who after attempting something similar in ‘Darna Mana Hai’ (2003), ventured into a new style of film making with its sequel ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’ (2006). This movie had seven different directors narrating their spooky tales. Though, these attempts failed to register at the box office but, still kept inspiring film makers to make films (Dus Kahaniyaan, Bombay Talkies, etc) in similar style. The latest to join these style of films is ‘X: Past is Present’, which has eleven film makers directing their part of the same film. The promos looks exciting so let’s find out whether ‘X: Past is Present’, will deliver us a fine film due to so many talented names attached to it or might end up joining the list of failed films from this genre.


‘X: Past is Present’ is a story of a film maker K (Rajat Kapoor), who meets a mysterious girl (Aditi Chengappa) in a party. K’s every interaction with this girl reminds him of his past lovers (Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi, Swara Bhaskar, Bidita Bag, Pia Bajpai, Parno Mitra, Pooja Ruparel, etc). The memories starts to disturb him and adds on to his curiosity related to the identity of this girl. What happens next, is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story idea on papers looks interesting but, when it comes to executing, it fails to match up with the required standards. There are couple of interesting chapters featuring Parno Mitra (one of the best track), Swara Bhaskar & Gabriella Schmidt, but the rest of them only caters to the pseudo intellectuals due to its repetitive and absurd narrative part. Rii Sen’s track is one of the worst track from the film. There are many abrupt and uninteresting tracks which could have been omitted from the film. The narrative part between Rajat Kapoor and Aditi Chengappa is the only decent part of the film which could have been much better. The connectivity in the film is not up to the mark due to the non-linear screenplay. There are lots of abstract camera shots which dilutes the flow of the film. Editing fails to work in the favour of the film.

Music & Direction:

Background music by Sudeep Swaroop is good but fails to enhance the level of the film.
The talented team of multiple young directors (Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath & Suparn Verma) fail to create something interesting and engaging. There are few good moments and tracks, but, the grey tracks overtakes the mild positivity of the film, in a big way. One can easily see the high influence of world cinema style of film making in couple of the directors, who ends up giving us the worst tracks in the film.


Rajat Kapoor is fine in his part and has been decently supported by Aditi Chengappa. Besides them, Anshuman Jha (as young Rajat Kapoor), Swara Bhaskar, Radika Apte, Bidita Bag, Parno Mitra, Gabriella Schmidh, Pia Bajpai and few more are good in their small part. Huma Qureshi’s track needed more depth. Neha Mahajan, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen, Usha Uthop and others are wasted.

So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, the movie has a decent plot line but, fails badly over its execution and confused arty style of writing. The connectivity and engaging factor is highly missing due to which the movie seems boring and dis-interesting at many points. It’s often said that too many cooks spoil the broth and one can see that happening in case of ‘X: Past is Present’.

Ratings - 1.5*/5


Vishal said...

Radhika Apte ka naam kaise mis-spell kar sakte ho Sir ?

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