Movie review : The path of Zarathustra


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Film: The Path of Zarathustra
Director: Oorvazi Irani
Cast: Oorvazi Irani, Tom Alter, Rushad Rana
Language: English
Running time: 79 mins
Rating: ***

The Parsi people are fascinating and jovial by nature. They believe in the existence of one invisible God. There is a continuous war between the good forces (forces of light) and the evil forces (forces of darkness). The good forces will win if people will do good deeds think good and speak well. The quintessences of Zarathustra’s teachings are embodied in the triad Humata (Good Thoughts), Hukhta (Good Words) and Huvarshta(Good Deeds). Harmony between man and nature, respect for all of Creation – Fire, Sun, Earth and Water, and promoting a mutually beneficial existence with these elements, is central to Zoroastrian thought, placing this ancient religion well ahead of its time.

Parsis of India are a unique community, however, their numbers are declining quickly. The Path of Zarathustra’ is a reflection on dwindling community and on the exploration of one’s religious faith


the path of zarathustraThe Path Of Zarathustra reflects the profound view of Parsi faith, belief, and religion. The film is a story of Oorvazi’s journey in understanding and interpreting her religion. The movie starts with a reflection of water in a well that make swells. Set in an ancient rustic home, Oorvazi is coerced to leave her home when her adored granddad dies, before dying he leaves her a secret book which writes itself. Oorvazi left her confined life and travels to Mumbai where her aunt, “Sheramasi” and cousin Perseus stays. She gets a warm welcome by her masi and cousin. She meets various people and she is often reminded, “Message to the keeper of the book somebody will decipher it for you” What is the mystery book? Will it give answers to Oorvazi’s quest? Will the mystery book transform her life?

The movie is slow-paced, philosophical and lacks humor owning to its serious subject. Oorvazi Irani lead actor and director does justice to her role and with a strong supporting cast. The film is a visual delight and reflects the director’s vision.The story flows through the narrative script written by Farrukh Dhondy. Subhadeep Dey’s cinematography is an excellent and great vision.Tushar ghogale’s editing is crisp and to the point. Background score by Vasudha Sharma creates a serene environment.

Overall: The Path of Zarathustra is a reflection movie touches upon the relevant issue in a simplistic manner. A treat for the serious movie buff who loves content based movie.


  1. Superb Review Monish! U have written it beautifully. I would have loved to watch this film, but not around in theaters over here…