Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Color de Brillianti

I was just about to skip watching Rang De Basanti, like I allowed myself, in the recent past, to miss other (potentially) good movies like Amu. That didn't happen though because a friend strongly suggested I go and watch the movie, more so because "... that guy who plays Anupam Kher's son, I forget his name, his eyes and mannerisms are quite like yours...". Intrigued as I was, I did end up watching the movie. And this is what I wrote to my friend:

... now, thanks for recommending the movie. I LOVED IT. I think such movies are made only once in few years. I liked almost every bit of it. Yes, I agree the end could have been a little less dramatic, but the sheer brilliance in most of the other parts of the movie was enough for a cynic viewer like me to forgive the drama. So, I liked it, will watch it again [I did infact watch it again], highly recommended to anyone who has not seen it. I liked several things, particularly:

1. At a subconscious level, I have been a proponent of delivering content (in this case the script of the movie) by having two tracks. For example, in the movie we had a story from the early 1900s and a story from the early 2000s. I think this helps gripping viewer interest/concentration and the parallels that can be drawn, interspersing fundas from the two stories can be brilliant. I subconciously made several attempts doing so in my blog posts, an example is
http://zombieworld.blogspot.com/2005/07/bad-times-good-spirits.html (the backdrop is a ghazal, which I totally love, and in the normal course I am talking about what my colleagues and I went through).
2. I like the subtle attempt at introducing religion [at the least an attempt at understanding what it stands for] to the youth. I was fortunate enough to meet an uncle of mine who said something similar. Read
http://zombieworld.blogspot.com/2005/09/being-spiritual.html. Co-incidentally, this is the same Paath, which is in the movie. A post of mine which attempts to combine 1 (two tracks) and 2 (religion) is at http://zombieworld.blogspot.com/2005/11/humorous-interpretations-of-god.html.
3. I have been personally pained by the crash of MiG 21s. Living in Chandigarh, one can read about a crashed MiG more frequently than one cares to. So I am kind of satiated that this has been brought to the fore.
4. I had a chance to be at several funerals of army men, mostly young lads, who were brave enough to stop thinking about themselves and capture a hill post for the nation. I have friends in the Indian army who at 20 something are sitting in Arunachal Pradesh and guarding the Indian border from the Chinese. These are the real men of honor, we are sissies. I could totally relate to the rage of the junta at seeing a young and handsome one of theirs die - go to a place where no one comes back from. The sequence in the movie is still a peace time army man funeral. During war time - like the ones I witnessed while in Kasauli during the Kargil war - are a time of enraged emotions and very moving.
5. Like any other 20 something, I am also clueless about where life is heading - this is fairly a no-brainer.

6. The sequence towards the end in which the youth of the nation are shown enraged at the "death of democracy" is just brilliantly done. I mean not for once did any of the about 30 characters in that sequence seem to be acting. Not their dialogues, not their accent. So the correspondent in Calcutta was with people who had a genuine Bengali accent, and so on for Kashmiri, and others. The role of NDTV was integrated really well into the movie, I haven't seem any comparable integration of the depiction of "media" into a Hindi movie. Of course, several English movies exist with such integration.
7. The notion of holing up of "terrorists" and commando action such that "there should be no survivors" is too real. Growing up proximate to a terrorist affected Punjab, I have seen instances where the police never made an attempt at determining if the hiding youth are actually terrorists and made sure that after the "commando action" only bodies are brought out. For if any of the "terrorists" survive, the Human Rights Commission will make KPS Gill's wishkey unsavory. Some of the enraged Sikh youth during the Punjab militancy days did not choose the gun because they wanted a "Khalistan", but because they were too fed up to take the police's attrocities any more. Maachis, the Gulzar movie depicts this well enough. I am not too aware of the Kashmiri situation but I guess there would be a component of police/army atrocity enraging the youth.
8. I made every attempt at finding similarities between the look of Karan (Anupam Kher's son) and myself and miserably failed. I think you forgot how I looked [sic]. You are going to be mighty disappointed at meeting me if you thought that Karan looks like me!
9. Soha Ali looks wow, really wow. I think I will ditch my plans of never marrying and add her to my matrix that determines the ideal match!

I am sorry the above will not make you laugh, but you know what, laughing is just one embodiment of bliss and a satiated self is also blissful. If you shared any of the above thoughts (I know you don't share my views on Soha Ali) you will feel blissful at a subconscious level and thus be happy.

Have a good day ahead.


Sanjay said...

Hey Rahul,
I just happened to see "rang de basanti" and got dabbed by its brilliance. For once, i must say, your blog forced me to rush to the nearest pvr. I was keeping it at bay for quite some time, and finally decided to go on my own (alone) to see the movie. Its sheer creativity on the directors part to depict the past in present so coherently. I mean, I never expected that the transitions he made could be so smooth.
Every youth is gonna find an element of him/her-self in the characters portraid there. The small dialogs which sound so trivial were actually very impactful. Personally I like the one when DJ was crying to Su after the failed procession @Indiagate. I don't remember the exact lines but it went something like this.....

"Agar 100 Ajay bhi mar jaen to bhi kuch nahi ho sakta, Aaj meinu lag raha hai ......meri koi aukat nahi hai yaar"

And that just brought out the unrest feelings that I had in me....I donno it may sound so unrelated, but, the words were so simple yet so penetrating. For once I thought like shouting out lound in the hall.

Its just that, the words were so carefully chosen by the writer that it depicted the helplessness of a commoner.

My Dad served in Airforce as an airmen ( its not an officer grade). And I know, how he used to spend his days and nights overhauling those choppers/birds used by pilots. And yeah a lot of migs went down during that span of one year......I donno who was put at stake for the accidents..., certainly it was never a politician. I'm sure few men in uniform, who just put the components delivered to 'em, must 've gone through some serious court of enquiries.
Migs were introduced in 1965 (if i'm not mistaken) and its 2006, And we still take pride in the se outdated flying machines.
Do we need to see more films on defence deals related to Tanks, Guns ...bullets (?) and now ...submarines....Certainly not, we are the illuminated souls ! certainly yes...as we know!!! then we say ..."mein kar kya sakta hoon yaar?" And thats what got reflected back into the movie.

I guess we all are waiting for another officer from East India Company (or British Empire may be) to find the people of the "Third Type" to shake us from this deep slumber.

(pec cs2k2)

Rachita said...

Hey R,

You surely don't look like Karan at all!!!!