Mantra

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In 1991, the Government of India opened up the economy and unleashed the forces of globalization, forever changing the landscape of the country. A dozen years later, India was celebrating its emergence as a global economic super power. Set in 2004, in the midst of a nationwide 'India Shining' campaign, the film Mantra tells the intimate story of a family and its travails, and through it, the story of the New India. The protagonist of the film is Kapil Kapoor, the founder of an iconic Indian snack brand in the 'License Raj' old India. But today - in 2004 - he is fighting a losing battle against a multinational that has taken over the market. But it is not just his company that Kapil is desperately trying to save; it is also his own wife and children who are battling their own crises. But for Kapil to hold on to everything that is dear to him - professionally and personally - he must confront himself; what he will save, and what he will lose, depends on the extent he is willing to face ...

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  • A few perceptive moments from the film will remain with me, but I suspect it'll be more in the language of unrelated memories; I wouldn't know where to place them, or why they appeal to me in a particular context.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If the film does not come together as a whole, it is for clearly identifiable reasons: first, the cast is a mixed bag; second, the English dialogues do not sit well on several of them; third, the equation between the five Kapoors is not fully established.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A crowd funded effort, Mantra is a brave film that delves into the complex world of urban relationships and poses the right questions.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Set in 2004, focussing on the economic and social changes that were kicked off in the 1990s, and released in 2017, Mantra ultimately belongs nowhere.

    Mar 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Mantra is worth watching if only to be able to be able to look back at that period -- the 1990s to the early 2000s -- and remember what it was really like.

    Mar 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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