“The Hungry” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

25 November, 2017

Director: Bornila Chatterjee
Screenwriters: Bornila Chatterjee, Tanaji Dasgupta, Kurban Kassam
Director of Photography: Nick Cooke
Naseeruddin ShahTisca ChopraAntonio Aakeel

Synopsis: A modern day reworking of Shakespeare’s infamous bloodbath tragedy “Titus Andronicus” set in the heart of India’s wealthiest region where a rivalry between two families culminates in a game of murder, betrayal, and violent revenge.

The Hungry Review:

A lavish take on the horrors of an unspeakable tragedy, “The Hungry” sees contemporary Indian Cinema in a new and improved format, winking at expectant viewers as it doubles down on the butchery and bloodshed that comes with unforgivingly violent plotting. Written for those already familiar with Shakespeare’s most polarising work, the film foreshadows and feasts, opening its baffling structure up to criticism yet remaining beautiful, unflinching, and bewitching with a mood that transcends the need for basic narrational decency.

Withdrawn from Bollywood convention and unfazed by expectation as severed body parts replace wedding joviality and kisses supersede dance numbers, “The Hungry” presents an aloofness rarely seen in the cinema of its homeland, capturing a daring shift in Hindi sensibilities as writer-director Bornila Chatterjee’s allegiance to both the East and the West peaks in a graphic adaptation with a contemporary twist. Despite the presence of smartphones feeling somewhat laughable in a tale with such ancient leanings, “The Hungry” justifies its locale with honour killings, marriage, and family values playing a huge role in a story that could only work in a select few cultures.

Finding a new home in inviting territories, “The Hungry” sees family-centric storytelling at its most audacious, suffering alongside its intentionally loathsome characters in scenes emphasising the aftermath of extreme violence. Short-sighted, shocking and innately vengeful with villains and victims inhabiting two sides of the same coin, the movie finds blood pouring from every faucet, giving pre-initiated audiences exactly what they came for and wickedly delivering on the promise of its title which acts as a vital indicator of what’s to come. Convoluted yet packed with clues, “The Hungry” is a few sonnets too short of legitimate Shakespeare but it captures the self-serving evil at the heart of “Titus Andronicus” with fresh eyes, proving that there’s no rest for the wicked in any context.


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