Set in the exotic hills of North India, The Threshold, starring Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur, is the directorial debut of eminent cinematographer Pushan Kripalani. It is a slice of life film of a north Indian (Punjabi) married couple in their 60s. After fulfilling the responsibility of getting their only son married, wife Rinku (Neena Gupta) tells her husband Raj (Rajit Kapur) about her decision to leave him. Rinku, unfettered by the social consequences of her decision, yearns to experience the freedom of being on her own. Raj, burdened by the societal pressure and fear of loneliness of old age, tries to convince her to stay.
Performed with exquisite sensitivity, Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur, through vivid interactions and gestures, express the affection and vexation that arises only from decades of living together. Pushan presents a raw and honest portrayal of a couple forced to face a harsh reality at the threshold of their lives.
The film, conceptualized by Indian lyricist and screenwriter Kausar Munir, is masterfully shot by Pushan. Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur who were honoured with the Best Actress and Best Actor award at the 16th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) for their roles in The Threshold elevate the film with their stalwart performance.
Does Rinku eventually leave or does Raj succeed in changing her decision? Come and find out at the screening at The Harrow Arts Centre on Saturday 11 March a part of the London Asian Film Festival 2017.
By LAFF2017 Blogger Sagar Chhatwani
After working at The Times of India & The Hindustan Times, Sagar quit the corporate life to pursue his interest in cinema. He is currently studying an MA in films at Westminster University.