Aisa Yeh Jahan
Direction: Biswajeet Bora
Actors: Palash Sen, Ira Dubey
Aisa Yeh Jahaan is a film with good intentions that totally fails to deliver. Palash Sen (the front man of Euphoria) is Rajib, a suburban office-goer juggling the pressures of work and a rather materialistic wife, Ananya (played by Ira Dubey). Rajib and Ananya have northeastern, pahadi roots, and are pretty unhappy with their hectic lives amid the bustle of Mumbai. A live-in maid, Pakhi (Kymsleen Kholie), attempts to make their lives a bit easier.
Once the family is established, the film lobs conflicts and issues at them like grenades. It veers off into a tangent about how northeasterners are treated with disdain and stereotyped as ‘Nepalis’, and how that is unfair and psychologically damaging to them.
When you least expect it, Rajib and Ananya begin fighting about whether their daughter should take up a career as a child artist on television, leading to a debate on the consequences of early stardom.
The family then takes a trip to their ancestral village and reminisces about the good old days versus the apocalyptic urban present. Even the subplots have social messages shoehorned in — such as the one involving the maid’s crush on a newspaper delivery boy, who goes missing, thereby introducing the pressing issue of child labour. The film essentially is a series of half-baked attempts at exploring a bouquet of unconnected themes. Social commentary needs mature filmmaking, and Aisa Yeh Jahaan falls far short.