Rahat Mahajan’s attempt to craft an epic film in The Cloud Messenger requires being able to understand the lore that inspired it. This Indian love story set in the foothills of Himalaya has a lot to admire. There’s not only the careful framing of the beauty of this region, but also the presence of the gods look hauntingly beautiful. It gives the film a very etheric look when they finally manifest.
This adaptation of the Indian poem Ramayana concerns two youths who’ve been reincarnated time and time again; their attempts to flee has often been meted from an overlord who doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.