Unfortunately, Ye Ballet – Hindi for “Ye” – is nowhere near as daring as its heroes. Writer-Tara Taraporewala has provided the movie by a number that hits the necessary bits of the two-stardom template in a slum, including a compelling moment where an unacceptable parent wins by a talent of kids with no special touches. How the camera in the hands of cinematographer Kartik Vijay (Manto) relies mostly on depth of field, which also puts almost everything into focus, lacks courage.
At the end of 2016, less than three years after Manish Chauhan and Amiruddin Shah, two Navi Mumbai children, began learning dance forms, the US earned a scholarship to some of the world’s most famous ballet schools. This is a remarkable true story. And in mid-2017, Suni Taraporewala – best known for co-writing or writing the Mira Nair movie, Salaam Bombay! And The Namesake – presented with a short documentary, Ye Ballet, on this 360-degree video. Now less than three years later, Taraporewala is back on Netflix with a well-known film – more than a decade in its second directing feature – making the boys’ fairytale journey dramatic. Think of it as an alley boy, but for dance or any Indian version of Billy Eliot.
Unfortunately, Ye Ballet – Hindi for “Ye” – is nowhere near as daring as its heroes. Writer-Tara Taraporewala has provided the movie by a number that hits the necessary bits of the two-stardom template in a slum, including a compelling moment where an unacceptable parent wins by a talent of kids with no special touches. How the camera in the hands of cinematographer Kartik Vijay (Manto) relies mostly on depth of field, which also puts almost everything into focus, lacks courage. That left us with the feeling that Ye Ballet doesn’t really know what it wants the audience to focus on. And a Bollywood pop track plays on the musical in the film’s big ballet number, which has increased now and then. It shows that manufacturers simply do not have confidence in performance.
At the same time, Netflix Movie puts a big resistance on its characters. Taraporewala has written two female supporting members for two ballet guys, but they have no sense of their own and appear to be the only ones to run, advise and support the male lead. It’s no wonder they disappear by appearing to fit the hero’s journey. But one of Ye Ballet’s biggest offenses is managing one of the two leads. Chauhan played himself in the film, but this image is not recognizable, even let alone portrayed, even when it leaves you with a few lines that tell you where its characters are in life today. Ye Ballet has been so focused on the outpouring of storytelling for years that it blinds itself to a better story before its eyes. It also made it a bit meta and would feel more real.
Ye Ballet inaugurates Asif (Anxious Bose), who fears the fishermen as he left a place in a rare open space called home on a Mumbai coastal slum. Asif regularly invites trouble to his house, where his uncle scolds him for “non-Muslim activity.” “It’s forbidden,” she murmured. Thanks, his father (Danish Hussein and Hiba Shah) further approves are not the case for talent show contestant Nishu (Chauhan), whose success was sharply criticized by his father (Vijay Maurya): “What will give you a gold cap for your meal?” Their worlds soon clash at a local dance academy, which equips the talents of the exquisite ballerino, Shell Aaron (Julian Sands), who is best described as cantankerous.
And that’s where the problems start. Although Ye Ballet is set in contemporary India, Saul’s arrival in the country – he is Israeli to America – is illustrated by a stereotypical overdone “first world white man unconscious in the Third World incident” that came in the lens of the ’80s or’ 90s. As. However, Taraporewala’s unsuccessful attempt at comedy is only part of the writing about ballet tutors. Ye Ballet spends time with Saul’s detached relationship with his brother, which is interesting in concept but does not add anything to the story and only works in practice to distract from the story of two boys in Mumbai. If the purpose is how Saul behaves in difficult situations, that is achievable elsewhere.
Speaking of repeating itself, Ye Ballet sometimes includes two lines of dialogue for the price of one, letting the audience know what they already know or discover on their own. Elsewhere, the Netflix film shows flashbacks in scenes that appear literally less than 10 minutes ago, a silly-proof stage exposed to the target audience’s attention span. Ye Ballet likewise immerses himself in explaining communal conflicts that drastically affect Asif, who looks like Taraporewala feared that Netflix’s international audience might not understand what was happening. If you have already talked about the fact that low-privileged Muslims like Asif are more likely to be victims of hate crime in India, this is not necessary.
Worth it, it’s good to see a movie that is aware of its socio-political reality. With Asif and Nishu’s own friendship with assistant breakdancer Asha (Mekhola Bose) and ballet-rich baby Nina (Sasha Sethi), Ye Ballet is involved in a class split that spans Mumbai. But its message is not always biologically woven, unlike her past scripts, Taraporewala fails to investigate any kind of religious and class, and there is nothing you have not heard a thousand times before. Instead, Netflix makes the picture even better with its tiny little moments, Asif practicing blue while standing in line daily in the slum to get water and cleaning the ballet studio or Asif praying in a temple, because the girl he likes is a Hindu.
This is also true of the opening shot of the Ye Balt, which begins on Mumbai with the Bandra-Bharaly Sea link, before turning around to reveal one of the city’s slums. Fancy money in a few wordless seconds. The 4 billion-billion bridge – an illumination of how the needs of the few are given more priority than many – is transformed into a symbol of the elite avoiding the underdog, in this case, literally by flying around them. Unfortunately, these touches and this patience are missing from the rest of Taraporeval’s work on Ye Ballet, who never knows when something should be stressed or let the characters breathe, how to engineer the right feel of the scene and how they emphasized their use. Or even properly link the stage and the scene to each other.
Taraporewala serializes a number of Bollywood genre’s musical number Ye Ballet, which is surprising given that there is no commercial concern for a Net-Free-Netflix movie adherence to the drama’s release. Like the aforementioned pop song that plays above Asif and Nishu’s big ballet performances, it – in addition to writing, directing and cinematography – all derives from a finite imagination and further reduces the image of its possibilities. Without helming a feature project in 12 years, Ye Ballet returns to Rust for Taraporevalla. And it does a good job of giving a shy young actor, many of them first timers, what they have to work with. Especially Chauhan, who became a ballet dancer from the son of a taxi driver – and now an actor. This is a story that deserves more.