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Ribbon  : Strips Of Familiar Issues
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Friday, November 3, 2017
Raakhee Sandilya
Kalki Koechlin, Sumeet Vyas, Hitesh Malhan

It’s a valiant attempt by director Rakhee Sandilya to present an urban working couple and the many trying situations it must face to keep going as a family. For instance, must Sahana and Karan have a baby right now? Will it affect her thriving career? How do you handle the eternal nanny problem and worse, the male school employee you so blindly trust?How do you find closure, if there is one, when you discover a terrible truth about your little child?


The director and the many writers succeed in a few parts and slump at other moments.  


They succeed in scenes like Sahana at work as an efficient professional who rallies her staff together to keep performance levels high.


But they don’t quite succeed when Sahana returns to work like she’s never kept in touch with what’s been going on when she was on maternity leave.


The husband and wife showdown is very real when an emotional problem ends up with both flinging the blame on each other.


But the gender-balance is skewed as Sahana comes off as high-strung and unreasonable most of the time. For instance, Karan takes on an out-of-town assignment because they need the money. But Sahana makes an issue of it when they no longer need the extra income. How fair is that?


There’s delicacy in bringing out the child’s innocence where she doesn’t even realise that she’s a victim. It’s stark, yet subtle in spite of the foreboding background score. Also well-handled is the scene where the doctor coaxes a name out of the child without frightening her.


So, although it often seems like the film is going nowhere and offers no solutions, it is a good attempt at a slice-of-life story. A story that working couples in nuclear families are familiar with in a city. Kalki Koechlin as Sahana has an extremely mobile face that makes her turn in a believable performance once again. Sumeet Vyas partners her well as husband Karan.  


But there is a flatness in the narration.It’s like, there’s a story before you but you’re not sure how to go about telling it in a gripping manner.


For an important issue that needed to be told more effectively, Ribbon gets a 2.5* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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