Rang de Basanti

Posted: January 29, 2006 in Arbit Thoughts

Checked out Rang de Basanti Today.
Really worth a dekho. Especially for somebody who is as foolishly hopelessly patriotic as I am. Was set in contemporary India with tinges of sepia here and there. What stood out is the beautoful paralels drawn between the India then and now.
Amazingly it seems like time has stood still for all these years. There is still the opressor and the opressed. The roles and the characters remain same as usual only the individual playing their parts have changed. So the Khaki clad British Sahibs are now replaced by the Pot-bellied UP/Bihar Hawaldars, who I feel are many times worse. Fact is that I really do believe that India has an acute problem in the form of these two states. In President Bush’s terminology “Rogue States” Needless to stay Delhi inviting with open arms most immigrants from them also borrows some of their so characteristic fervour.

But while most people would harp on and on about the ‘Fantasticity” of the movie there are some obvious loose ends to it. Something the Director did a bad job about. For Example the acting of some of the friends (excluding Amir Khan of course) was a bit loose at times. The script too could have done with a bit of primming. But as a whole is a very good effort. Quite a few of the actor/actresses including but not limited to amir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Alice Patten, Om Puri, Kiron Kher, Anupam Kher and Atul Kulkarni have done a remarkable job of their roles. The situation gets so reallistic that ou actually miss out the fact that this is just a movie!
Before I conclude, I need to make a mention of an individual whose omittion would be as significant as that od DADA from the indian Cricket team. After a rather longish span A.R.Rahman has actually come up with a sound track which is not only quite good but also Club class ir rather Club Premium Class. He has pushed in a lot of Techno and Fusion stuff into the tracks along with the now routing Bhangra and reggae. Soundtrack is quite worth purchasing and i would recommend it with a rating of 7 on 10 for purchase.
In my callibration themovie scores 7/10 which is mighty good I must say. Considering the facts that Parineeta scored 5 and Park Avenue scored 6. The ones which Have scored homeruns are Agantuk, Godfather I-II, Silence of the Lambs and One Flew over the Cukoo’s Nest.

So go catch it before it runs out of your nearby theater (which I assume will be not too soon anyways!).


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