Cast: Kunal Kapoor and Ali Haji
Director: Vandana Kataria
Rating: 3.5 Moons
Bullying, the use of force and threat, to abuse and aggressively dominate someone is common in India, especially in schools. The behaviour is often repeated and habitual. It is a universal topic and Indian cinema has tried to cover this subject before but not extensively. Vandana Kataria’s directorial debut Noblemen starring Ali Haji and Kunal Kapoor covers bullying in its most serious and honest sense. The film, which was screened at the UK Asian Film Festival earlier this year, shows the hard-hitting reality of bullying amongst teenagers. Based on William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Noblemen is a thematic representation of what they call brutal browbeat.
In an era when people hesitate to even talk about bullying, is constantly picked on in his prestigious boarding school, up North. His main perpetrators being Arjun (Mohammed Ali Mir), the tall athletic Sports captain, and his best friend Baadal (Shaan Grover). Shay, a 10th grader, and Pia (Muskaan Jaferi), the spunky daughter of the new Junior School history teacher, are cast as Bassanio and Portia in the Founders Day production of Merchant of Venice. But Baadal, a brat and the son of a feigning movie star, wants Pia and thus the role opposite her. In the process of snatching the role, Baadal and Arjun bully Shay, not only mentally but also physically.
For people who have ever felt the pangs of growing up, Noblemen is a must watch. The rawest, most brutal and disturbing coming-of-rage film passes across a fair message of ‘Boo The Bully’.
PEEPINGMOON GIVES NOBLEMEN 3.5 MOONS.