95 Min | Drama | March 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Director: Ajay Bahl
Starring: Shadab Kamal, Shilpa Shukla
B.A. Pass Review: Keeping in mind the way, erotic & sexual content is both served and seen in a very restricted manner in our Indian Cinema, B.A. PASS certainly needs to be rated as another bold step forward by our Indian film-makers as well as the Censors, without any arguments. It revolves around the story of a young boy, who has to stay in Delhi with his aunt (after his parents die) and has also got two young sisters to take care of (staying at a hostel. Now during this stay, along with continuing his studies, he meets a middle aged, good looking lady who teaches him some new lessons of life which bring in sex, lust, greed and crime into his innocent persona turning him into an entirely different person heading towards a tragic end.
Post intermission, as the focus shifts towards the other problems of life faced by the young man, the pace drops and it more becomes an intense film moving towards a shocking climax which might be depressing for many. But all stories do not have a happy ending and here we have the one which daringly talks about those dark and ugly, avoidable phases of life which do not give many choices to a person caught in their unbreakable trap. The second half gives more attention to its story progression and less to its erotic scenes which might disappoint the viewers coming in just for them. But that’s exactly where B.A. PASS excels and gains a fine distinction of being a sensitive film made on an engrossing tale. Its concluding moments make you feel sorry for its main protagonist and then you also have that anger towards everyone who betrayed him along the path, posing as true friends.
So ending on that note, B.A. PASS is a dark, shocking and brutal tale of an unemployed youth caught in the trap of a sexy lady. Though marketed as an erotic film, it’s an honest attempt with a soul partially reminding you of many worth watching classics of World Cinema. Its few shortcomings don’t allow me to rate it as a perfect film but this is indeed the next brave step taken by Hindi Cinema in the recent years undoubtedly. Having said that, one does need to have the vision to look beyond its sensuous stuff and reach the real essence of its story as told by the writer.
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