Directed by Piyush Gupta, this woman-centric film has Huma Qureshi and Sharib Hashmi in the lead roles. The 167-minute-long film is divided into various phases like pre-marriage Tarla, pre-Kavya Tarla, post-fame Tarla, and a wholesome Tarla.
Never thinking that she can achieve anything, one day at Kavya’s (her neighbor’s daughter) wedding, people started approaching her for cooking lessons. It initially seemed like a vague idea still, but when she began achieving those small milestones, her life took a turn. Nalin, a perfect husband never complained about anything and was happy seeing his wife achieving new heights. Through her delicious recipes, she achieved fame and started writing books. There were many obstructions in her path, but Nalin always cheered her up. I can not call it a women-centric film because the man did a lot.
In India, the husband often gets jealous if their wife achieves things that he never did. But, Nalin was different. His dialogues like jo tumhe thik lge, mai humesha tumhae saath hoon make every girl wish that they get a pillar of strength like him as it is often said that aadmi ke dil ka raasta pet se jaata h, Tarla proved the same through this film. Huma Qureshi has done a fabulous job playing the role of Tarla and now that I have seen the film, I don't think that there would be another actress who could have nailed it better than her.
Tarla’s character proved that if you are good at something then the world can stop you from achieving riches and fame. Coming from a small family, she achieved what a normal housewife could have never thought of. Behind every successful man, there is a woman, but behind every successful woman, there is a man behind her who is ready to dedicate every moment of his life to the betterment of his partner.
Nalin (played by Sharib Hashmi) is a wonderful character. He stood behind his wife, not worrying that she will earn more than him, and even left his job to give wings to Tarla’s dreams. Every woman dreams of a man like him and Tarla was lucky to get one. At one point, he also became disappointed in her due to the neglect the family was suffering. In the scene in which Tarla asks Nalin to stay at home and take care of the youngest, Nalin didn't say a word to her even though he was going for a job interview after being a stay-at-home husband for a few years. The man never objected to anything. He wasn’t happy but never showed it on his face.
There is another scene in the film where Nalin apologizes for his behaviour and this scene will win multiple hearts. Tarla will serve as an inspiration for every Indian housewife who thinks that she isn't capable of anything.
The audience might feel like skipping some scenes at the beginning of the film. Thirty minutes into the movie and there was nothing substantial shown. It is only after some time that the movie picks up its pace. Despite being a slow and time-consuming film, Tarla doesn't fail to deliver what it had in mind. Through the medium of cooking, Tarla has been successful in teaching the audience a lot of things. If you want to watch a film with your mother or wife then this one has to be on your list this weekend. There are various phases shown which everyone will relate to. Tarla is based on the life of a real woman Tarla who was a renowned author and cook. Through her cooking, she empowered women and taught them that nothing is unachievable.
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