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Movie review: Anaarkali of Arrah – Swara becomes the voice of Arrah
Arrah, a marginalised Bhojpuri town suddenly comes at the forefront because of an erotic singer Anaarkali. Debutante filmmaker Avinash Das has picked up one of the least discussed subjects to make his first directorial venture. Anaarkali of Arrah is an authoritative and intrepid representation.

Swara Bhaskar plays the character of Anaarkali in an electrifying way. Swara means voice and identically she becomes the voice of Arrah. Swara, who had earlier played a single mother in 'Nil Battey Sannata', this time again portrays a challenging role. Undoubtedly she is perhaps one of the most under-rated actors of Bollywood today. She effortlessly gives erotic stage performances with seductive body language and attire, albeit the film is full of dual meaning songs.

Swara neatly fits into her character full of confidence and attitude. After experiencing Anaarkali perform, it will be tough to believe that Swara is a Delhi girl who completed her Master's degree from JNU. Bhojpuri is one of the most unique accents which is not so easy to master over. But Swara meticulously delivers Bhojpuri dialogues without slightest discomfort. It may be to her support that her mother was born in Bhojpuri ambience, so it was kind of her maternal home-coming.

Swara's Anaarkali is casual, raw and real. She never thinks twice before lifting her lehanga or unbuttoning her blouse but at the same time, she is strong enough to protect herself and loud enough to protest if someone dares to touch her against her consent. Avinash has written the script very carefully and boning up the art of casting to give the flick a realistic feel. Apart from Swara, actors Sanjay Mishra and Pankaj Tripathy have also managed to maintain the sheen of their respective characters.

Songs are important for any film and composer Rohit Sharma has delivered the music of the movie perfectly. Rohit who has earlier composed for films 'Buddha in a Traffic Jam' and 'Barefoot to Goa', this time complements the story well. Although playback singers Indu Sonali, Swati Sharma, Pavni Pandey have sung well with their voices syncing perfectly with Swara's performance but unfortunately Rekha Bhardwaj as a singer was not the perfect choice for the genre.

Overall it's a commendable job done by Avinash as he tries to light up an unusual story, transforming it into meaningful cinema. Beyond all pros and cons, 'Anaarkali of Arrah' is a must watch for the stellar Swara Bhaskar.

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