Life is like a weather season. Sometimes it glows and gives you sunlight but sometimes it overshadows you with dark clouds. You realize your potential only when you are able to stand up and face those dark clouds and come out as a winner. Tisca Chopra’s directorial debut, Rubaru, is one such powerful tell of self-doubt, fighting inner demons and realizing one’s potential
Rubaru (meaning face to face) tells the story of middle-aged actress (Radha Malhotra) with a fading career, broken relationship, sagging skin and a mockery subject for media. Once a popular starlet, Radha Malhotra had to prove herself and to the world as a serious actress when she takes on the most challenging role of her life in a theater play as she fights her inner demons and contemplating suicidal thoughts.
After impressing us with her versatile acts in short films like Chutney and Chhuri, Tisca Chopra stepped into the director’s seat with Rubaru and after watching the 16 minute short film, Tisca shows immense maturity in her debut film. I have believed that it is one of most difficult job for a director to present his/her idea in just few minutes and with Rubaru, Tisca Chopra was managed to pull it off effortlessly. The subject of a transformation of a “star” into an “actress” has been handled well.
Rubaru is a serious tale which has supported with dark and shady cinematography. I liked the scene where Radha Malhotra looks herself in the mirror after giving a powerful performance on stage and gives a confident smile which is highlighted with apt camera work. While editing and art direction were fine, background score is decent. Climax scene could have been enormous as the film ends on a good note.
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Tisca Chopra, who herself in real life has re-invented with meticulous roles in films like Taare Zameen Par, Rahasya and Qissa, Rubaru is yet another knockout performance by the gorgeous actress. As she plays the role of Radha Malhotra, the extremely talented actress will make you forget everything else in the world as she becomes the show-stopper. Arjun Mathur (Made In Heaven) and Chitrashi Rawat (Chak De India) provides adequate support.
Overall, Rubaru is yet another winning shot from the house of Large Short Film. Good 3/5
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