Sometimes lonely people seek happiness in things, materialistic things. If you’re at the comfort of your home, take a look around 'these things of yours’. Which one’s your favourite? Which one(s) you won’t let go of? What state of mind were you in when you saw something and the next moment, made it yours? *APPLIES TO NON LONELY PEOPLE TOO*
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Something similar happens to Biniya (Shriya Sharma) when she first rests her eyes on The (magnificent) Blue Umbrella. She feels protected. Maybe she feels the warmth of her father’s love which has been missing in her life. But little does she know about how this world works. Little does she know that there’s a price for everything in this world. She is just happy to have this new found love and she wants to take it home, a village nestled in the mountains of Himachal. It doesn’t take long before her dream bubble bursts and she has no choice but to give away the umbrella.
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Biniya is a smart girl though. She has a vague understanding about how there-are-no-free-lunches, so she gives up on her lucky charm for the Umbrella. She returns home with a smile so big, the entire village lights up! She has made a new relation to fill up the void that she isn’t even aware of.
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Enter Nandu Khatri (Pankaj Kapoor), a local Chai - Biscoot shop owner who is known to all the villagers. His shop is located right next to a beautiful meadow and makes for a great pitstop. The moment he sees Biniya with her new prop, he wants it. The greed takes over or should I say the urge to fill up some sort of a void!? Nandu, an old bearded Himachali, never had the time for women as he was busy looking after himself. Now that he is almost in the evening of his life, he has never felt so lonely. And when he rests his eyes on Biniya’s Blue Umbrella, he fails to differentiate between void and greed.
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Often times, the stories that simply seem to be a slice of life on the outside are so intricately knitted on the inside. The Blue Umbrella ( by Vishal Bharadwaj) is one such exhibit. With this film, I got a reason to revisit all the things that I have been carrying around and some that I have left far behind. They all had their time and eventually one moves on with or without them. Some grow out of it, some grow along with it.
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PS. This film is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s book under the same name and it’s got a beautiful cover. I am yet to read it.
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Mrunalini

Mrunalini

Not a single day goes by without people getting my name wrong.