Entertainment Advent Calendar 2022: Pada

My two favorite 2022 release Indian movies, RRR and Vikram, are bombastic action spectacles. I’ve also already written about some other 2022 favorites like Gangubai Kathiawadi and Saani Kaayidham. But I wanted to take a moment to recommend an Indian movie that absolutely held my attention, Pada. Pada is a little more low-key as it deals with land displacement and Indigenous land rights issues. But it does so using the frame work of a workplace hostage story. Since it’s based on a true incident, it never goes full genre. Pada has strong characters, uses a visual language from other story types, and remains rense throughout. It also becomes a single location movie. Really well done and worth checking out. Maybe I’ll do a fuller write up at a later date.

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