It’s a Wonderful Afterlife

MV5BMTg4NjgyNzE3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjE4OTc3Mw@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sally Hawkins, Jimi Mistry, Zoe Wanamaker

When a traditional Indian mother can’t seem to marry off her daughter, she goes on a killing spree. Mrs Sethi murders those people that have said anything negative about her Roopi – a young woman who doesn’t easily attract the eye of young men.

But Mrs Sethi’s murdered victims haunt her. They can’t be reincarnated until she herself is dead. But Mrs Sethi can’t die until she sees Roopi married. So they all need to make sure that Roopi finds the love of her life.

This film, by Gurinda Chadha, is a bit of fun. I know that some of her films are better than others, i.e. Bend it Like Beckham is better than Bride and Prejudice,  and that this one is definitely no Beckham. Regardless, I don’t think it’s worth dismissing as easily as some critics have done.

Goldy is excellent as Roopi, and I very much appreciated her as the protagonist. She turns the idea of the rom com lead woman on its head. To see unconventional female leads is a good thing in the rom com world.

Critics have had a dig at Shabama Azmi for playing the role of Mrs Sethi after her great work in traditional Indian films and theatre. She is undoubtedly a terrific actor, but I may not ever have seen her unless she played this role in an English-speaking rom com. So hooray for her.

I love the colour, traditions, and the breaking of traditions in Bollywood films. Even if it wasn’t her best, I’m glad I saw this Chadha movie.

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