Aruna Raje and Priyanka Chopra, the two names exhude a certain brand of cinema – serious, good cinema that puts across a point. This time, the two come together for the Netflix Original film, Firebrand. This is the first Purple Pebble produced film for Netflix, and here’s our review.
Aruna Raje’s film is about a female advocate who specialises in divorce proceedings. Almost everyday, she gets the best out of the legal system for her female clients, who are fighting divorce proceedings against their husbands. One fine day, she is hired by the wife of a rich and successful man, who wants to drag her husband to court on assault and other charges. The lawyer has some issues of her own, and whether she can fight all these is what forms the rest of the film.
What’s Wow: Firebrand has fiery performances. Usha Jadhav as the advocate is amazing. Sachin Khedekar has so much performance experience that he has forgotten more than we can learn. Girish Kulkarni shines in the role that he’s been given.
Firebrand is a subtle but stoic film that tries to tell us about the complicated world of interpersonal relationships, with a class divide subtext. Amazingly, it succeeds in both and makes for a good viewing experience. The film is actually a good family drama, and would be a better overall experience if it hadn’t have created the confusion in the minds of the audience.
What’s Blah: Firebrand is a confused film. The trailers promised a fiery, intense legal drama. But what we actually get is a emotional, drama film that has everything in it – everything in it, apart from the legal drama promised. Therefore, this could be a underwhelming experience for the audience.
Parting Shot: Don’t go looking for a crime/legal drama and you will like it.
Cast and Crew
Cast: Usha Jadhav, Girish Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar, Rajeshwari Sachdev
Director: Aruna Raje
Producer: Purple Pebble Films