127 Min | Drama | October 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Director: Charudutt Acharya
Starring: Anupam Kher, Ali Fazal, Rhea Chakraborty
Sonali Cable Review: Bollywood is the biggest movie industry in the world where each Friday churns out a new genre of films. Sonali Cable is a daring attempt never seen before on Indian Cinema. Unfortunately it has few moments to hold your attention. A small-time cable shop is threatened by a big tycoon who is willing to take over the city of Mumbai. Sonali Cable tells the story of young and dynamic Sonali who must survive the wave and get back her shop which she proudly runs. I would like to mention here that as a first time director Cahurdutt Acharya has put in a sincere efforts. Full marks should be given to him for tackling the story so efficiently. The cinematography of the flick is an average. Background score is poor. The screenplay could have been a bit tighter. Rhea Chakraborty is a fine actress. She plays the chirpy yet fiery role with aplomb. Ditto goes for the performance by the rest of the star cast.
Sonali Cable an emotionally powerful film without any unnecessary melodrama. Without being the typical bollywood it gives some insight into the challenges faced by small business owners from big corporates. The main plot is engaging and well paced but I found myself more interested in the lives of the minor characters. In Sonali Cable, more scenes with the Bengali operator Beedi talking about his past life, and his dreams and aspirations would have been fun. Similarly the lives of other minor characters explored more in depth would have been fun to watch. Anupam Kher could have been more humiliating towards his employees to realise the full potential of his character. I didn’t like how he kept a cotton swab lodged in his ear, that was unrealistic.
The director was trying to keep the film mainstream by using colourful scenes with choreographed dances and such but it would have worked better if there was a push instead towards making Sonali Cable look even more like parallel cinema. On the positive side, everybody acted well and the script worked emotionally. Overall, Sonali Cable is a decent watch. You may want to give it a try.