It takes two to tango and the director of Going Dutch portrays it in a way, which is most palatable and witty. Completely different from each other, Namrata and Piyush go out on a date fixed by their parents. An otherwise commonly explored subject, especially in short films, Tittar Lodge productions decide to go the humorous way with this one. The yin-yang struggle is a genuine one and it mostly comes from the way we are raised and conditioned. The director smartly tackles one rigid notion after another without any character having to pay for it.
What’s wow? Though Namrata rectifies Piyush multiple times about commonly stereotyped misconceptions, not to forget with adequate dosages of sarcasm, he isn’t entirely delusional nor dismissive. In fact, when he says “now I realise I have a long way to go” women in the audience are hopeful of more and more room for improvement. Going Dutch highlights on the idea of coexistence. To live in harmony, both men and women have to respect each dodging the gender difference.
Gul Panag is both the cake and the icing with her effortless performance and the dimple making our day while teaching us a lesson or two in equality.
What’s blah: Namrata’s optimism and humor makes her own the film but can be a little unrealistic quite honestly. In the pursuit of trying to mother the man she is there to date, it could take too much time to just come on the same page.
Parting shot: There can be several opinions to every subject but one thing is loud and clear and that is equality. Right from the title, to the last dialogue “But you’re Batman! You’ll protect yourself” the film is about equality all the way.