B.A Pass at first glance seems like a sleaze fest that follows the story of Mukesh who is sucked into the degenerated world he cannot live in. Weighing in at a runtime of just 90 minutes the film is a dark and gritty noir that manages to be compelling , sadistic, but hard enough not to be noticed.
Mukesh has lost his parents in a car accident at a very young age, he is then forced to stay at his Aunt’s house in Delhi. Enrolled in a good for nothing course in college he finds serenity by playing chess at the local cemetery, the rest of the times he worries over ways to make a living and taking care of his sisters. It is a story which looks at the fatal promise of a new life. A life that is at times fun , mostly forced and does not have a happy end. When Mukesh meets Sarika ‘auntie’ at a kitty party, little does he know of the city and its ways and means to survive. Sarika seduces Mukesh, shy and inexperienced he falls for her. What follows is a twist of destiny, a life that is a bliss and a sin at the same time.
We’ve seen it numerous times, certainly. The housewife feasting on the young, willing man who doesn’t know of anything better. Or is shy enough to resist. Director Bahl’s treatment of the subject is certainly applause worthy. He also takes up the film’s cinematography which is brooding and immensely realistic. The movie is very dark and swiftly moves from being grim to grimmer. The screenplay leaves no room for an extra scene to break the momentum. The background score is scintillating and haunting in some scenes.
Coming to the performance the protagonist Mukesh played by Shadaab Kamal is wonderful. He shows shades of all the emotions there are; a brother, a wannabe lover. But shy, and tormented by life. He excels in the scenes of frustration and the scenes where he is forced to go against his will. Shilpa Shukla as the seductive and erotic aunty is amazing. Again her character manages to be sexy, helpful and grim at the same time. I was really impressed by Dibyendu Bhattacharya’s (you may remember him as Chunni from Dev D) performance. He was a treat to watch.
Final Verdict : This is not the kind of cinema you can watch with your family. If you’re going with your date, keep one eye on the watch ;), well find the right people to go with. A contrast from the Bollywood fare this film takes you through a grey world of immoral characters which are mostly not likable. A must go from my side.
Rating : 3.5/5