Miss India on Netflix, with Keerthy Suresh: A strong woman’s story is diluted by weak writing

Posted on November 4, 2020



I loved the core conceit: Why not make a ‘mass’ -style movie with a heroine? But the film is too long, and the cast is left stranded by the simplistic writing.

Spoilers ahead…

In Narendra Nath’s Miss India, everyone speaks like one of two things: a PowerPoint slide, or  a motivational poster. Consider the scene where Manasa Samyuktha (Keerthy Suresh, whose styling is the best thing about this movie) gets a gift from her brother. She opens the box eagerly. It’s a watch. She’s thrilled — way more thrilled than a grown woman should be upon getting a watch. It’s just what she needed, she says. Her brother, however, summons up his inner Swami Vivekananda (or Confucius, or whoever) and tells her something like: Time is the most important thing. This watch is to remind you of it. Is the poor woman consumed by some ghastly disease that has her thinking about her remaining lifespan? Is there, inside the watch, a bomb that needs to be defused before the minute hand meets the hour hand?

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