Kacchey Limbu

Radhika Madan, Rajat Barmecha, Ayush Mehra.
Shubham Yogi
Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, played or followed by 2.5 billion people. But it’s often a man’s game. As Bend It Like Beckham and Love & Basketball did before it, Kacchey Limbu puts a talented woman at the centre of play, sparking a contest with much more than the final score at stake.

Let me start off by saying that the three characters at the helm of this project, played by Radhika, Rajat, and Ayush, are great. I love their stories, their passions, and their faults, to a certain extent - or better yet, their realities. Radhika doesn't know what she wants and can easily be peer pressured. Rajat knows what he wants but may not understand how to strike a balance. And Ayush, he needs to find his own shadow and get out of others. It's a good thing when I can start a story with these nuances attached to each character and see them grow and evolve, whether or not the issues come to a resolution. Their characters involve a deep love for each other that isn't so much expressed with words or physical actions, but rather silences, eye contact, and a deep-rooted understanding for the other's dilemmas. They are not causes, necessarily, of each other's griefs, but rather the impetus of each other's growth, which is beautiful.

Outside the three characters, I did hope to see a little bit more of the character development of Aditi and Akash's parents - why are they so set on imposing their desires on their children? What about the fashion designing friends - what's their deal? And the other cricket players on the "Kacchey Limbu" team? What's their backstory? I can't get everything I wanted, but I imagine a few more minutes spent and those stories would have prospered as well. The writing in relation to them, or perhaps the editing, could have allowed for more of their growth.

The biggest compliment for the director, Shubham Yogi, is his treatment of this cricket series, which really seems larger than life, despite being set in a local society. You are invested, the scores make sense, and the commentary takes on a character of its own. You are drawn in, and when you start to lose a bit of patience, you are drawn in again (and I must credit the commentary there).

Kacchey Limbu is an ode to cricket lovers, but also an ode to being youthful, having choices, and making them (or not). I quite like this one. 

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  1. Thank you for this. Do you know when film will be out in Toronto

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