Initial release: 17 October 2019
Music by: Sagar Desai
- Naseeruddin Shah as Ramprasad (Bauji)
- Supriya Pathak as Amma (Ramprasad’s wife)
- Konkona Sen Sharma as Seema (Nishant’s wife)
- Parambrata Chattopadhyay as Nishant aka Neetu (Ramprasad’s youngest son)/ Young Ramprasad
- Vikrant Massey as Rahul (Gajraj’s son)
- Manoj Pahwa as Gajraj (Ramprasad’s eldest son)
- Vinay Pathak as Pankaj (Ramprasad’s third son)
- Vineet Kumar as Mamaji (Amma’s brother)
- Deepika Amin as Sushma (Gajraj’s wife)
- Ninad Kamat as Manoj (Ramprasad’s second son)
- Brijendra Kala as Prakash (Rani’s husband)
- Alka Kaushal as Sheila (neighbour)
- Sadiya Siddiqui as Pratibha (Pankaj’s wife)
- Rajendra Gupta as Tauji (Ramprasad’s elder brother)
- Divya Jagdale as Sulekha (Manoj’s wife)
- Anubha Fatehpura as Rani (Ramprasad’s elder daughter)
- Sarika Singh as Dhaani (Ramprasad’s younger daughter)
- Manukriti Pahwa as Bitto (Sheila’s daughter)
- Sawan Tank as Samay (Manoj’s son)
- Neivan Ahuja as Saksham
- Shrikant Verma as Basant (Dhaani’s husband)
- Yamini Das as Mamiji
- Mahesh Sharma as Vinod (Tauji’s driver)
- Pushpa Joshi as Bua Ji (Ramprasad’s elder sister)
- Sanah Kapur as Young Amma
Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language family drama film directed by Seema Pahwa and produced by Jio Studios and Drishyam Films. It features an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Vikrant Massey, Konkona Sen Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Vinay Pathak, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, and Vineet Kumar.The film also marks the directorial debut for actress Seema Pahwa, who also wrote the film, based on her own play, Pind Daan.
In the opening scenes of the film, the Bhargava family’s patriarch, Ram Prasad Bhargava (Naseeruddin Shah) dies suddenly which brings his large family back into their old bungalow where his wife Savitri (Supriya Pathak Kapur) now lives alone. Then the arrival of six children and various other relatives adds to the chaos. What’s more – old contentions are brought into limelight and the family struggles to make it through the 13 days of mourning. They struggle with managing their family responsibilities, since they are married and have their own kids. And the topic of conversation veers towards how to take care of their mother, now that their father has passed away.
Seema Pahwa makes her directorial debut (she has also written the film) with ‘Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi’. But she manages to give a realistic portrayal of familial relationships in an Indian setting. However, her writing looks like a half-hearted effort as this family drama is neither funny nor emotional enough to keep you engaged throughout. In fact only some of the exchanges between the daughters-in-law are crafted but Sagar Desai’s compositions and Neeraj Pandey’s lyrics, blend with the situations in the story and add meaning to the matter. Overall, the concept feels close to life, is relatable, too, but given its extremely slow pace, it ends up being a bit of a dreary watch.
Above all, the cast makes it real with their fine performances. Undoubtedly, Manoj Pahwa, as the oldest in the kin brings in some laughs. Both Vinay Pathak and Ninad Kamat help in pushing the narrative forward in their own ways. Parambrata Chattopadhyay stands out as the youngest and most responsible brother. Also, his strained relationship with his on-screen spouse, Konkana Sen Sharma, is well portrayed. Supriya Pathak Kapur depicts the torment her character Savitri goes through. In fact there are too many characters in the film, yet, Pathak makes her presence felt within the limited screen time. Prasad’s grandchildren, especially Rahul played by Vikrant Massey, and the romantic angle with a neighbourhood girl adds some humour element to the intense drama.
In a nutshell, despite all the good intentions and a talented cast, ‘Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi’ fails to make the desired impact and eventually turns out to be an average family entertainer.
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