The Disciple review round-up: ‘You don’t have to be familiar with Hindustani music to appreciate Tamhane’s heartfelt drama’

After traveling to various international film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Discipline is now airing on Netflix. The film received international critical acclaim when it first premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. The Marathi film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and mesmerized the audience. The film won big at both festivals and is now released on a global stage.

Produced by Vivek Gomber, The Discipline follows Sharad, who has dedicated his life to mastering Indian classical music. The film examines the ‘guru-disciple tradition’ and how it can affect one’s life to the point where it can become the central anchor.

Here’s what international critics have said about the disciple:

Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote in her review, “It’s a universal story of a young man who aims for the stars and finds himself with his feet tied to the earth – and that’s probably not a bad thing. Winner.” With an eye for competitions, singer-training easily fits into the plot of films such as Sharad (Modak), Whiplash and A Star Is Born, as he studies under an avid discipline and completes his personal life Art sacrifices to do. “

Jay Weisberg of Variety noted, “For all its uniqueness, grounded in Khayal music, the universality of the film lies in a way that exposes the inner struggles of a musician to that of an artist, dancer, or writer who is never good. Can not be. For fear of mediation. “

Eric Cohan of Indiewear said, “Tamhane does such a great job of bringing personal life to life that when the film breaks that spell through flashbacks it is unfortunate. At the same time, the way Sharad questions his belief about his talent while recounting his experiences, even though he can’t find the words to explain it, monitors the film.

Axon Brooks of The Guardian wrote in his review, “You don’t need to be familiar with the intricacies of Hindustani music to appreciate Tamhane’s heartfelt, melodious drama, though I think it would help. That’s because its The protagonist, Sharad Nerulkar (Aditya Modak), is embroiled in his traditions, survives and breathes its glory, choosing his way through an apprenticeship that is going to last a lifetime. “

Siddhanta Adalkha of Collider said, “The very fabric of the film feels mysterious and spiritual. Its music resonates, as do the walls of a sacred site. On seeing this it seems that something unseen, swimming in real time for a while every time Sharad takes a step forward in his quest (though we soon return to reality with each step). Plot No Doubt facilitates this oscillation, amid brief moments of musical transit and Sharad’s insecurity over his place in a changing world.

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