Uma, directed by Srijit Mukherji and starring Jisshu Sengupta, Sara Sengupta, Anjan Dutt, Sayantika Banerjee and Rudranil Ghosh, is a life affirming tale of a girl suffering from heart disease and her parent’s attempts to show her Durga puja, before she dies. Since Uma doesn’t have much time left, and Durga Puja takes place in October, her father decides to hold it in spring, which brings its own bunch of complications to make an entire city feel like celebratory like the festival. The movie is filled with confrontational scenes and emotional desperation of parents who know that their beloved daughter might not have time to live, and they have to do their utmost to make her feel happy in the last moments of life.
Jissu Sengupta is very impressive in his role as the father who is going to do everything he can for his daughter, and it is his performance that anchors the movie and makes it feel heartbreakingly real. Every other actor does his or her best to bring out truth in their characters, and they all come up with many moments of humanity which just pierces your soul.
The movie might not have worked had the director made the movie too sentimental. It works because the makers treat the subject matter with seriousness and sensitivity, but never let the emotion take over everything and create a melodrama. The movie will bring you to tears, but it won’t make you to force them. It should be watched by everyone to see the power of love and the beauty of being a parent.