CRD movie cast: Vinay Sharma, Saurabh Saraswat, Mrinmayee Godbole, Geetika Tyagi
CRD movie director: Kranti Kanade
CRD rating: 3 stars
A student of drama arrives at an institute, where he encounters everything a newbie may: people he can talk to, and play act with; teachers who are treated with shock and awe and who, in turn, create moments of shock and awe for their pupils, and moments that will help him grow, upwards and outwards.
But this is just an outline which is filled by an intriguing montage of lines and timelines (squiggly and straight), animated figures, and whimsical notes. ‘CRD’ is a strange mix of fact (tyrannical theatre gurus, natch) and fiction (several other elements within), real and not-real, or plain shimmering illusion.
Parts of the film, out on limited release this week, reminded me of the sort of experimental cinema that the European avant-garde artists used to make several decades back: the ‘plot’ is a shell, and the filmmaker-artist is free to paint it with the brush-strokes that are most relevant to his or her vision.
The stage is both a physical entity and a wonderful metaphor for life itself, and we are all players. I did manage to twig on to several threads that Kanade opens up; some remained opaque. Which is perhaps as it should be, but perhaps the glue in them wasn’t as strong.
The attempt is admirable even if a trifle uneven. Content is something that is easy to jigger with, even within mainstream constraints; experimenting with form is much harder, both for the creator and the viewer.
‘CRD’ is refreshing in its willingness to go down paths less trodden. From this point, this is what you will see. Flip it around, what do you see?
The director doesn’t provide answers. Bring your own, bro.