‘Juze’ (‘Juje’): Film Review | Hong Kong 2017

Indian executive Miransha Naik’s initial underline explores a exploitation and abuse of immigrants in Goa by a eyes of a teenage student-laborer.

Goa is mostly famous around a universe for a beaches, colonial design and a past as a sky for hippies. With his initial feature, Indian filmmaker Miransha Naik has left over these clichés to exhibit a many harsher amicable undercurrents ripping during India’s smallest though richest state. Set around exploited migrant workers and their violent paymaster-cum-slumlord, Juze is a poised, contemplative and accepted debut, with a story charity mostly heartbreak though also a gloomy glance of hope.

An India-France-Netherlands co-production innate out of a Goa Film Bazaar, Juze — that has already been picked adult for ubiquitous sales by Films Boutique — should transport good on a festival circuit following a universe premiere final week in Hong Kong. The film could really good offer as a job label for Naik and his associate budding Goan professionals. Apart from a European producers and a integrate of technical staffers from France, Juze is a internal prolongation with Goan actors and organisation and finished with a assistance of villagers — an feat of sorts given a sheer storyline during hand.

Interestingly, a film’s pretension doesn’t connote to a protagonist. At a core of a 1990s-set story is Santosh (Rushikesh Naik, no propinquity to a director), an bankrupt teen whose educational luminosity is constantly undermined by his need to cut classes to acquire a low-paid living. While staying in a unfair shed among migrant workers from other regions in India, Santosh doesn’t act like a modest victim, with his resources — both element and personal, in a form of his really unpleasant grandmother (Prashanti Talpankar) — instilling a asocial strain within his immature mind.

Juze (Sudesh Bhise) is indeed a film’s antagonist, a thuggish landlord who owns a dive in that Santosh lives. And a male fundamentally controls a lives of everybody there — in further to renting those horrible hovels out to a people, Juze also pays them for jobs in a fields. Santosh’s turn into slave-like pang maybe epitomizes a predicaments of this chaste underclass: In further to operative for Juze, a child is forced to coach his slow-learning son — that is, to do all his task for him — and yield passionate services to a thug’s mother (Gauri Kamat).

Helmer Naik refrains from illustrating all these developments in eloquent hyperbole, regulating usually pointed camerawork — many memorably, a array of tracking shots — to exhibit how Santosh sees his “labors” as a paltry fact of life. The same goes for his potentially comfortless attribute with classmate Maya (Barkha Naik — no propinquity to a executive and her co-star), whose indebtedness for Santosh dissipates as she gradually witnesses a boy’s traumas adult close.

Given all these setbacks, Santosh’s implosion is frequency a surprise, a required gushing for him and a viewer. To his credit, Miransha Naik keeps a parsimonious rein on his use of visible denunciation and thespian devices, and teases nuanced performances from his cast. The immature stars Rushikesh Naik and Barkha Naik are effective in conveying a mental states of injured people with their possess formidable rites of passages.

With Juze, Miransha Naik raises a lot of worried questions but charity easy answers or available closure; a film’s swinging finish could be interpreted as a commencement of possibly a improved or meaningful future. This respectful culmination is deputy of what is in ubiquitous a frozen and technically achieved entrance that Naik constructed with a capable, close crew, a film that foretells bigger things forward for a filmmaker and his colleagues in Goa.

Production companies: Thin Air, Three Rivers, Kepler Films, Cine-Sud Promotion
Cast: Rushikesh Naik, Sudesh Bhise, Barkha Naik, Gauri Kamat, Prashanti Talpankar
Director-screenwriter: Miransha Naik
Producers: Miransha Naik, Thierry Lenouvel, Derk-Jan Warrink
Executive producer: Sidharth Yaji
Director of photography: Abhiraj Rawale
Production designer: Pronita Pal, Ravi Shah
Costume designer: Neelanchal Ghosh
Editors: Jacques Comets, Siddesh Naik, Suzana Pedro
Music: Pierre Aviat
Casting: Siddesh Naik
Sales: Film Boutique

In Konkani and Hindi
93 minutes

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