Movie: Salt Bridge
Country of Origin: India (Bengali & Hindi)
Languages: Hindi (Mainly) Bengali, English (Many Dialogues)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Salt Bridge Movie Review:
Salt Bridge is not a typical movie that one expects to be. It has a completely different taste from a normal Indian movie. Salt Bridge Movie as the name suggests is based in a small town of Australia. It is a story of an Indian man who has left his country for a better future abroad. Basant (Rajeev Khandelwal) is a researcher who lives a happy life with his wife Lipi (Usha Jadhav) and a school going son. His life goes on smoothly till he meets Madhurima (Chelsie Preston Crayford) whom he contacts for “driving classes”. Madhurima is a married Australian white woman, her husband is an Indian and she too knows a bit of Hindi. Soon, while taking driving classes Basant and Madhurima becomes close to each other and their relationship becomes “questionable” to the Indian community living in Salt Bridge. Madhu’s brother-in-law Shubro even goes on the extent of beating Basant for having relations with his sister-in-law.
After this incident Madhu stops talking to Basant, he tries many times to clarify himself to her, but she doesn’t reply or meets him. This makes Basant feel very low and he finally after consulting his wife decides to leave the town for Sydney. It’s years and Madhu has a daughter, Basant too is living a happy life again. But, in his heart Basant still remembers Madhu and writes his feelings on his Blog (Which is apparently in Hindi) which she doesn’t know to read. One day Madhurima thinks of searching Basant and reads his Blog (as now she is well versed in Hindi both reading and speaking). After reading everything Basant has wrote for her on his Blog Madhu feels very shameful and is very anxious to meet him and ask forgiveness as well as to say sorry to him. She finally, meets him in a temple in Sydney and Madhu invites Basant to a celebration party. Basant is back again in Salt Bridge after many years, people have forgotten everything that happened. In a twist it was revealed in the film that Basant had a friend or sister named Madhu in his childhood who died in an accident. Since then, Basant has been searching for his Madhu whom he finally found in Salt Bridge. Unfortunately, the people took his relation with Madhurima in a different way. The Salt Bridge Movie ends with Lipi reading a book saying that it was his (Basant’s) story with few “additional” characters and now he is no more among us…
What To Watch in Salt Bridge Movie:
Abhijit Deonath has directed the Salt Bridge very well and there is nothing that is out of context in this film. This film is a drama movie, but at many places it has some hilarious punches of comedy. This makes Salt Bridge a delight to watch. The Hindi conversation between Basant and Madhu is surely going to make you laugh. All the cast has performed excellently Rajeev Khandelwal is a seasoned actor and he has given is absolute best in this film. For me the big surprise was Chelsie, she has really done an awesome job her acting as well as body language is really a treat to watch. Salt Bridge Movie’s music too is very good and feels nice and soothing to listen. The music has a distinct Bengali flavor to it which adds to its beauty.
My Rating & Verdict of Salt Bridge Movie:
I have rated Salt Bridge movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its “out of the league” story line as well as some seriously good acting by the cast. In my view humor was one of the best parts of this flick. So, if you want to see something serious which is little humorous in its narration then go for this movie…
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