Movie Review: BA Pass an aesthetic lesson in film-making, tales of sex and erotic love


Hey folks, I have caught up with a lot with Hindi movies that I missed watching in 2013 and stumbled on BA Pass that surprised my sensibility and was pleasantly surprised at such a well made movie. In my opinion, BA Pass is certainly one of the best movies churned out in 2013 and read my review below.

Movie Review: BA Pass-An aesthetic lesson in film-making, tales of sex, betrayal and erotic love

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During the past decade, film makers have explored the theme of ‘Sex’ and ‘Sexuality’ as a medium of expression and human desires where they raked the moolah. The year 2000 saw the release of films like Murder and Jism with unknown faces who became overnight sensation as the movies emerged as  instant super hit at the box office and the trend continued unabated with movies like Paap, Jannat, Gangster and Zeher where sex was screenplay, script and hero. BA Pass which appeared to be more a B-Grade movie with the smart move of minting money at the box office turned out to be the surprise winner in terms of script, content and performances that makes a good movie.

If you think that BA Pass is just another erotic movie that titillates and sends the temperature soaring in a bid to set the cash register ringing, get a reality check!!! BA Pass remains, for me, one of the best movies made in 2013 that will set a unique precedent and is unique as film noir that beautifully treats the theme of male prostitution or gigolo in the harsh and stark reality of life.

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BA Pass is adapted from the story The Railway Aunty by Mohan Sikka in the book Delhi Noir which is set in the capital city of India. It narrates the story of the young, naive and innocent Mukesh (Shadab Kamal), a first year BA student who lives a modest and humble existence. His encounter with Sarika aunty (Shilpa Shukla) leads to an erotic encounter which in turn leads to lust, lies where he is initiated to sex in the by-lanes and dark corners of Delhi.

The screenplay is tight and gripping where full credit should go to Mohan Sikka which takes us in the world of Mukesh who explores sexuality with older woman by providing them a service in exchange for money. Director Ajay Bahl has handled the subject in a very mature way where the erotic scenes were treated in an aesthetic manner and the movie rarely departs from its original premise. This is what works in favor of BA Pass. The film has been very well shot and the camera angles speak a lot in the way the screenplay has been beautiful expressed on-screen. BA Pass sets the bar higher in the way sex and erotic scenes have been showcased to explore the brutal and grim reality of a life laden with poverty and paucity of funds for an individual.

Debutant actor Shadab Kamal gives a measured and stellar performance in terms of maturity as an actor and the audience empathize with him. Shilpa Shukla as the sexually deprived woman acts well in this author backed role and she could have been better. Certainly, one of the rare minus point in the movie where in some scenes she could have been more expressive. Dibyendu Bhattacharya as the chess player is perfect in his role and gives depth to the character effortlessly played. He is a delight to watch.

There is a thin and blurred line between making a movie on the lines of erotic love which can go terrible wrong but Ajay Bahl avoids this pitfall by making the movie edge through his directorial baton. BA Pass is dark, a gripping tale about erotic love devoid of human emotions, deception, betrayal, lies and sin. BA Pass ? First class with distinction.

Click on the link to read this brilliant story ‘The Railway Aunty’ by Mohan Sikka, http://www.brooklynrail.org/2009/07/express/the-railway-aunty-from-delhi-noir and enjoy.

Update:

I am participating in I Love Movies-Writers’ Post Blog Hop hosted by moviemassala.com. This review was posted on the blog last Saturday but decided to post it on Movie Massala forum since as a cinema-goer, BA Pas struck a chord with me as one of the coming-of-age cinema and a brilliant piece of film-making in terms of script, screenplay, performances and direction. Certainly, one of the best films made in 2013.

With Love

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review: BA Pass an aesthetic lesson in film-making, tales of sex and erotic love

  1. I remember hearing good things about this movie when it came out but yes, I gave it a skip then. Will check it out in the future.

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