Monday, September 10, 2018

Once Again - Movie Review




What is the 'right' age to fall in love? Will you fall in love once again after loss, conflicts, betrayal or heartbreak?

Once Again - Movie on Netflix


Once Again starring Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi is a story of two middle-aged people exploring love and trying to find companionship, as the title suggests - Once Again!

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Tara Shetty is a single mother and a restaurateur. Having lost her husband at a young age she lives an independent life and looks after her son and daughter. Amar is a theatre veteran, extremely meticulous and is amidst a struggling relationship.

The movie begins with their telephonic conversation with the scenes of everyday life in Mumbai. They have known each other as Tara sends meal box to him but never met. The only connection till now are the phone calls at the end of the day. She isn't star struck with his big personality and begins watching his films only after the conversations.

Tara sees a lost man who is struggling with his personal and professional life and for Amar she is a straightforward individual. They find solace in each other's words and yearn for something. Is it love? Sometimes the scenes become more alive not with the dialogues but the intimacy between the two protagonists.

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Shefali Shah is an exceptional actor. Lookout for the loneliness her character portrays. You can see the grief and longing for someone after years of living life only for her kids. Neeraj Kabi has given the justice to the role of a father who despite his broken marriage strives to build a healthy relationship with daughter played by Rasika Dugal.

The direction of Kanwal Seth is worth watching that captures the face of common man walking along the street, lashing waves at Marine drive, the sound of grinding of spices in traditional manner, the splash of water on the hot pan for dosa, onions being fried. They grab your attention to the minutest of detail. 

The background score is enough to keep you watching in the first hour of the movie. It brings alive the characters of two lonely souls who find comfort and ease in each other’s presence.

How can the world be not against the two souls (one widow, other famous and divorcee) who have yet to find love but only their being together in public is like a stick in the eye! When they get “caught” in public and the news get published, Tara’s son who is about to get married doesn’t support her. While her daughter understands the loneliness of her mother.

Tara fights within, the emotions and responsibilities brings on turmoil. Amidst the obligations of being a wife, upbringing of children and running a business, she has shoved away her life and lived a life of self-denial. What will she do? She has lived 20 years of life without a companion. Does she give up her blossoming relation with Amar for her children’s sake?

Why should you watch Once Again?

  • For the excellent performance of Shefali Shah. She would make you feel the melancholy of a person who has lived a life alone. Imagine no one to share the emotional burden, to be loved, to be cared for. (I emphasize on person and not woman or man, because emotions do not differentiate according to gender. Their way of expressing might be different but not the feeling)
  • For the subtle, mature romance between Tara and Amar: their first meet, the long drive, sitting atop a hill, mesmerizing time at Marine drive, their conflicts and the intimacy.
  • For the characters of children – two with single mother, one with divorced parents

Why you can skip watching Once Again?

  • If you do not like the theme of the movie talked about above
  • You may get bored, because the story is stretched which makes it boring at a certain point. 

 Final verdict:


It would have been a perfect short film if wrapped up on time. Nevertheless, it is a movie with an attempt to break the stigma attached to middle-aged single men or women to be in an intimate relationship.

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50 comments on "Once Again - Movie Review "
  1. nice review. Will have to check this out on netflix!

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  2. @Sinjina: Thank you.

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  3. What a beautiful review.. will definitely watch now! Shefali Shah fan :)

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  4. great review, i'm on netflix so i'm going to watch it for sure. Thanks for sharing this amazing movie.

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  5. @One who banters: Oh you would love her :D

    @richa: Thank you for reading.

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  6. Shefali is an amazing actor and powerhouse of talent who never got her due. The best thing about Netflix is experimenting with down to earth genre and real take on relationships. An interesting review.

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    1. Yes vishal, there is amazing content on Netflix. Thank you. As for Shefali, she is powerhouse of talent indeed!

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  7. Nice review, the plot seems interesting, i really like the acting of Shefali Shah.

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  8. I like the concept. Would definitely want to see it if i get the chance.

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  9. I liked the movie. But could have been shorter.

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  10. A bold topic. I think there's nothing as right age or right time. We should keep trying for better. As they say 'hopes' keep us Alive :)

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    1. Yes. I loved the concept of the movie. Thank you Iram.

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  11. Both Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi are my absolute favorites. Throw in Rasika Dugal and I'm game for anything they are in. Would watch this movie even it drags. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Apparently Rasika shares very less of screen time in the movie but those few are enough for applause for her performance. Thank you Jheelam.

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  12. Sounds good. I'll probably try and watch it now that you've recommended it.

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    1. Thank you Kalpanaa, hope it doesn't disappoint you.

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  13. I love love stories in all shades and speeds. This one sounds like a slow one, bu twould still like to give it a shot. Thanks for shring this useful review.

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    1. Yes it is slow, but a one time watch for the performances. Thank you Anupriya.

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  14. Ilike both the actors.
    The story line sounds intriguing but I might not watch it.
    I cannot handle too much drama

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am a movie buff and i'm wondering how I hadn't heard about this film till now. You've reviewed it so, so well! I am going to try and watch it as soon as I can.

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    1. Sadly it was never promoted enough to reach the audiences. Do watch it. Thank you.

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  16. I've seen Once Again and I loved it for the such a sensitive topic has been dealt with. And Shefali Shah is an actor par excellence. Your review is equally good.

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    1. Thank you Sonia, glad to know few have watched and like it. She is!

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  17. I've watched this movie and loved the treatment of this sensitive subject! Shefali Shah is one of my favourite actors! Loved her in the movie!

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  18. Your review has piqued my interest in the movie. I am a fan of Shefali's acting nuances anyways.

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  19. I loved the way you've talked about the characters, the theme, the issues at hand. A review shouldn't always be a biased, one sided approach. But you've given this quite a wholesome perspective. Thanks for sharing this. Will definitely watch it should I get the chance.

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  20. Mature love irrespective of one's age is something I believe in. I loved the way you have given the review. It's complete and unbiased. Shefali Shah is one of the finest actresses we have and I'm sure she must have played the character well. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie tonight.

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    1. Love, it just happens, right? I hope you like the movie. Thank you Dipali.

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  21. Shefali Shah is a fine actress. And the story, it is the reality that a woman faces, taking a decision is tough

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  22. I will choose by your verdict. I'll skip this one and watch something better!

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  23. Will check this out soon. Your review made it sound very interesting.

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  24. I am a big fan of Shefali Shah's acting. She gets into every role and thats what make it special. I will definitely watch this.
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    1. Thank you Alpana. I am sure her performance will not disappoint her.

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  25. Great review...dont know about others but I may just love this one. Will watch it soon.

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  26. This movie looks interesting. i have to watch it as I am a fan of Shefali. Thanks for the review.

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  27. Shefali shah is a fabulous actor. The storyline is indeed very interesting. I am sure it would be a good movie to watch - Purva

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  28. I think Shefali Shah is an exceptional actor and would love to watch this one

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  29. This one is on my wishlist, thanks for the review.

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  30. The storyline sounds intriguing and Shefali Shah acting looks so impressive. Worth watching #dewreads
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