Blue Mountains – A Sensitive Subject Brought Down by Insensitive Execution
Movie Review by Vineetha Saikumar (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Reality shows have been around long enough to lend us an insight into the pomp and show that goes behind the process of selecting and awarding one finalist. The Blue Mountains is penned with the intention of showcasing the side of the story that deals with defeat and humiliation. What could have been a great story with path-breaking performances turns out to be a combination of worst soap opera acting, unbearable exaggeration and unsolvable confusion.
Written and directed by Suman Ganguli, the film revolves around the story of Som Mehra (Yatharth Ratnum), a small town boy from Himachal Pradesh who accidentally gets to audition at a national level singing reality show. Soon after he gets shortlisted, his performances face the tail end of elimination. Not being able to accept defeat, Suman Ganguli landslides into depression. What follows is his irrevocable journey in the cuckoo’s nest.
Depression is a topic that has to be taken very seriously at our time and age. The story of Blue Mountains needs to get its due credit for trying to put forth a story revolving around teenage depression and its alarming effects.
Unfortunately, the film loses its meaning and purpose because of the poor direction and unbearable overacting. At one point, it seems like Ranvir Shorey and Rajpal Yadav (who plays the role of milkman Damodar) are the only ones who could save the film. But in the end, even their engaging performances could not overshadow the overacting employed by the rest of the cast members. As impactful as the story should have been for the kind of topic it delves upon, it leaves zero impact on the audiences.
The amateur cinematography, editing, and CGI does no good to the fading credibility of the plot. They only make it seem like a desperate attempt at providing a quality commercial film to an Indian audience that has already watched bad stories with the best possible visuals and still manage to like it.
At one point, about fifteen members of the audiences took flight due to the excruciating effect the film had on them. The roles got increasingly insensitive, and the narrative seemed meaningless. One couldn’t help but get distracted at many points through the film.
Even though Blue Mountains has fetched many awards at film festivals, it is safe to say that it doesn’t work for a majority of the Indian Audience. By all means, you should opt to sit this one out.