Trishna (SIFF 2012)

Trishna tells the story of a young woman living with her family in a rural community in India who is pursued by a worldly young man, and it follows the ups and downs of their evolving relationship as it struggles to blossom under strict societal expectations. Jay meets Trishna during a visit to her community when he sees her working at a local hotel during a special event. Caught up in infatuation and a desire to see her again, he secures her a job at his father’s upscale hotel, which is located in Jaipur, far from her home and family. She accepts in order to help support her family, and Jay takes special interest in her adjustment and training. She is initially excited by the attention and finds herself attracted to Jay, but when things go too far, she runs ashamedly back to her parents. She finds a new job in a relative’s factory, but Jay seeks her out again and convinces her to come away with him to Bombay where they can live free from the pressures of the traditional beliefs that would condemn their relationship.

In Bombay, they live and love openly and take advantages in the freedoms of dress, speech, and behavior. All is well with their evolving relationship until a family tragedy strikes and Jay is forced to move back to Jaipur to oversee his father’s hotel. As it is located in a smaller, more traditional area, Jay and Trishna’s relationship would not be acceptable and he suggests she return to her employment at the hotel as a cover for her presence. This is where I begin to lose respect for both Jay and Trishna, as we watch their interactions deteriorate into an abusive spiral and they make decisions that seem at odds with what I would have expected from their characters.

There are some beautiful scenes and engaging music throughout the film, but overall Trishna disappoints.

Provided Film Synopsis
Michael Winterbottom gorgeously places Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES in contemporary India. The tragic romance, starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmad, features a swoon-worthy score from Shigeru Umebayashi and songs from Amit Trivedi.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Michael Winterbottom
  • Cast Members:

    • Freida Pinto
    • Riz Ahmed
  • Countries:

    • UK
  • Languages:

    • English
    • Hindi
  • Genres:

    • Romance
    • Social Issues