It's not everytime that you watch a movie, and are left thinking about it for the next few days. Trishna, was surely one such movie for me. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and based on Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Trishna is set to hit the movies on 10th May 2012 in Sydney.
Simple verdict : Beautifully shot movie. Frieda and Riz play their parts brilliantly well. The movie has 3 distinct phases and each aims to explore a different phase of the relationship between the two.
The story : Trishna (played by Frieda Pinto of slumdog millionaire) is a girl from a small village in Rajasthan who drops out of school to work in a hotel and provide for her family. The movie opens with Jay (played by Riz Ahmed) a wealthy hotelier who meets Trishna while on a holiday in Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the desert state of India, rich with culture and architecture which the director shows flashes of throughout the movie.
The director has paid great attention to little details like the members in Trishna's family, the daily chores she does, the jeep her father uses. After an accident to Trishna and her father, Jay offers Trishna a job in his hotel which she gladly accepts. Trishna is a simple girl and Jay is instantly attracted to her and falls in love. In the first half, Jay is the lover who goes out to help Trishna in every possible way including saving her from the goons one night.
Love blossoms and Jay takes her away to Mumbai where they both enjoy their freedom, get to know each other better and grow very fond of each other. Trishna slowly tries to adopt Jay's lifestyle, friends and ways. The viewer can't help but feel happy for the couple in Mumbai where they both are free from pressures of the society and enjoy their time doing what they really like doing which is dancing for Trishna and making movies for Jay.
After Jay's father falls sick, Jay is forced to return to Rajasthan to take care of the hotel and takes Trishna back with him and employs her in his hotel. The rest of the movie is about how class differences and Jay's indifference to Trishna's feelings create cracks in their relationship leading to the unthinkable