Parents' Guide to

Jalsa

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hindi thriller studies corruption, has graphic hit-and-run.

Movie NR 2022 126 minutes
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This compelling, hypothetical Hindi thriller should be commended for its ability to force its viewer's to look at their own moral compass. Jalsa asks big questions about what you would do in its central characters' positions. It's a narrative that veers into melodrama, and could seem overly cinematic and absurd in the wrong hands. But director Suresh Triveni manages to avoid these pitfalls, all the while ensuring that the film doesn't hold back on its dramatic tendencies.

It's also helped along by brilliantly naturalistic turns from the two lead actors Balan and Shefali Shah, as Maya and Ruksana respectively. The pair maintain an impressive balancing act as a myriad of themes are explored, including class and systematic corruption. This is an accessible, entertaining slice of contemporary international cinema that should play well around the world.

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