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Review: Aamras

movie reviews Updated: Sep 12, 2009 16:24 IST
Mayank Shekhar
Mayank Shekhar
Hindustan Times
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Cast: Vega Tamotia, Ntasha Bhardwaj
Direction: Rupali Guha
Rating: *

Back in the day, there used to be a Bollywood sub-genre that concerned a group of girls, out on a campus vacation together. One of the short-skirts would either be out to hook up with the teacher accompanying the class, a boy from another school, the local guide, or the guest-house caretaker.

Bindu could play that short-skirt. She’s played the warden in her later years too.

For whatever it’s worth, Reema Lagoo is poor replacement for Bindu. Lagoo is the teacher, looking after, among others, a giggle of four girls, who can’t have enough of each other.

The kids, in their 12th grade at a posh Mumbai school, share different income backgrounds. They’re at Mahableshwar, Mumbai’s idea of a hill-station. The leading girl (Vega, sufficiently natural) is the Betty of this band: Plain Jane with no money. The Veronica, who talks of herself in third-person, is the psycho who develops jealousy pangs, because she can’t handle her best-friend receiving love-letters from a Raju-guide they met on the trip. Two other friends bum around in banalities.

Segregation between sexes is a ’70s thing. Yet, these girls in a co-ed school have no friends for boys. Males are essentially rowdy maniacs from a bolster home. Times have changed. The only way the film reflects it is through SMS on the cellphone. Most filmmakers, out of sync with the young, attempt wannabe for cool. One recent such, Satish Kaushik’s ‘Juno’ — Teree Sang — argued for consensual sex between 14-year-olds.

The lingos here are outdated. The story of course is. The buddies coo — “No sorry, no thank you in friendship” — together. This is when they aren’t posing in bikinis or dancing in songs to excite pedophiles.

Frankly, I don’t understand who these frikin’ children are. The director, I am told, is the daughter of Basu Chatterjee (Baaton Baaton Mein, Chhoti Si Baat, Rajnigandha). Oh. Well.