Tora’s Husband Review: Director Rima Das is At Her Lyrical Best

Prathyush Parasuraman

With Tora’s Husband

Rima Das takes her fragile, interiorized cinema to the city. Her rapturously applauded previous two films — Village Rockstars (2017) and Bulbul Can Sing (2018) — shot in Das’s home village of Kalardiya in Lower Assam.

Surround Sound

There was no need for a background score because nature was ambient enough, flushing the soundscape with crickets, lapping waters, rustling paddy, bleating goats, grunting pigs.

Unexpected Elements

Tora’s Husband, as it opens, challenges what you would have assumed of a Rima Das film. It is not just the visual of urban spaces. But there is a poignant background score, too, something that was conspicuously missing from her previous films. 

The Elegance of Das’s Storytelling

This is Das coasting the peak she sculpted as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and producer. Tora’s Husband unfolds like life, with easy lyricism, building up to a quiet heartbreak. 

She Has An Unfolding Life Left To Capture

It is true that there is more yearning as an adult — not just for a future, but a past, too. Jaan keeps flipping through photos of his childhood football championships.