Pan Nalin brings a truly transformative, rejuvenating and powerful film to this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Pitched as ‘India’s first female buddy movie’ is a simplification of what is a pulsating star of rich aesthetics, deep subject matters, beautiful characters, and a clever story that is both unforgiving in its humour and sorrow.

The story follows photographer Frieda (Sarah-Jane Dias) who brings a selection of her female friends and family together to celebrate her engagement. What ensues is a whirlwind of well-placed anecdotes, fresh and seemingly improvised banter, hidden truths, newly discovered loves, and a critical look at the misogyny within Indian culture. At its core is a collective of different characters who bond and change in extremely interesting ways.

Aesthetically the film feels modern, with clean framing of shots, wonderful imagery, and montages that provide a much-needed exhilaration to a genre that can often be drowned out in heavy clunky dialogue.

However, Nalin has not completely escaped the pitfalls of this genre; resolution is troublesome throughout the movie. Undoubtedly, challenging misogyny within Indian culture underpins the moral compass of this film. However, at times the wide reaching issues cover everything from parental responsibility to suicide, and they deserve more attention.

Angry Indian Goddesses expertly takes the popularised ‘female buddy movie’ and molds it into something magnificent. Rooted in the foundations of female agency, the film seeks to push boundaries and break down stereotypes to complete success.

Joel Gutteridge

Fri 17 June, 8.30pm, Odeon 2

Sat 26 June 1.15pm, Cineworld

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