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Vidya Balan’s ‘Jalsa’ is a heart-wrenching portrayal of inner conflict

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  • 20th March, 2022 10:16:18 AM
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Vidya Balan’s ‘Jalsa’ is a heart-wrenching portrayal of inner conflict

Vidya Balan is back on the OTT platform with Director Suresh Triveni’s ‘Jalsa’. The film marks the reunites of the ‘Tumhari Sulu’ team of director Suresh Triveni and actor Vidya Balan, for this emotional drama. The film has released on Amazon Prime on 18th March, The Statesman reported.

The narrative of ‘Jalsa’ revolves around Maya Menon (Vidya Balan), a thoroughbred journalist who is presented as the face of truth by her digital channel. She prides herself on her integrity and intrepidity. Her life is her little, specially-abled son Ayush (Surya Kasibatla) who spends more time with the house-maid Rukhsana (Shefali Shah) and his grandmother Rukmini (Rohini Hattangadi) than with her busy and supposedly single mother. Ayush’s father Anand (Manav Kaul) is just a lively filler, perhaps somebody who could not keep up pace with Maya.

The two (Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah) combine magnificently to pull the chestnuts out of the fire. If some of the efforts shows, it is solely because the material the duo called upon to work with is spread too thin.

The film opens with a happy moment but suddenly turns into tragedy as exhausted Maya (Vidya Balan) on her way back from work in the wee hours of the morning,  runs over the teenage girl and speeds away. The tragedy becomes bigger when the girl left by Maya in the pool of blood turns out to be Ruksana’s only daughter.

The rest of the story is about Maya hiding her guilt beneath the layers of confidence, assembled over the years in a profession that increasingly hates self-doubts. As Ruksana’s daughter Alia (Kashish Rizwan) lies in a hospital battling for her life, Maya takes her senior colleague, a friend and well-wisher Amar Malhotra (Mohammad Iqbal Khan) into confidence. He counsels that she let lie low until the storm blows over. But along comes an enthusiastic trainee journalist, Rohini (Vidhatri Bandi), who sets out to expose the cover-up. You have to watch the movie for understanding what exactly is happening.

You can watch the movie on Amazon Prime.